Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment by clinicians to treat muscle aches, joint pain, and limited range of motion. It encompasses a variety of techniques that address both soft tissue and the joint surface. Manual therapy has been proven to be an important part of an overall onservative treatment plan for a variety of conditions. Soft tissue can be addressed in many different ways. The following is a list of treatments we provide to address soft tissue problems:
- Massage is typically the repetitive stripping or kneading of muscle and fascia tissues to facilitate healing.
- Cupping involves suction using either a soft or hard cup to manipulate the affected soft tissues. This lifting can address muscle, scar tissue and nervous tissue that are the cause of symptoms.
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) uses either plastic or metal tools with a specially designed edge to brush/stroke the affected area. This is meant to improve the tissue quality of the area by encouraging remodeling and reducing myofascial tension.
- Manual therapy also involves working at the joint surface to reduce pain or stiffness. The two main methods of addressing this are joint mobilization and manipulation.
- Mobilization is a slower, more controlled process of articular and soft-tissue stretchin intended to improve joint mobility.
- Manipulation is the application of a rapid force into a joint(s). Manipulation is often associated with an audible popping sound called cavitation.
Manual therapy is typically part of a complete treatment plan that is customized for your specific needs. For a demonstration of the above techniques, please view the videos below.