MANUAL & MANIPULATIVE THERAPY
A proven way to achieve faster recovery times through joint and tissue mobilization and manipulation. Manual Therapy and Manipulation require additional post graduate training which our therapists have completed to offer you the highest level of patient care and expertise.
Manual therapy refers to the use of the hands to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders such as low back pain, neck, knee and shoulder injuries, tendonitis or any other joint or muscle problems. The Healthx team employs highly skilled Manual Therapists who have the additional qualifications needed to perform this treatment. Orthopedic manual therapy is a specialty of physiotherapy relating to disorders of structures forming joints, associated muscles, connective tissue and nerves such as:
- low back pain
- neck, knee and shoulder injuries
- tendonitis/tendinopathy or any other joint or muscle problems
MANUAL THERAPY TREATMENT INCLUDES:
- physical assessment
- passive joint mobilization
- soft tissue mobilization
- anti-pain and anti-inflammatory electro-physical agents
- therapeutic exercises
- preventative and rehabilitative advice.
Manipulative therapy or manual therapy has its roots in the early years of physiotherapy when it was used as a means of promoting healing and relieving pain. Today manipulative therapy is a highly specialized area of the profession; however it may exist in different forms among other professions. Manipulative therapy is the term used for special handling techniques to promote healing of soft tissue. These techniques may include myofascial release, joint mobilization and manipulation to name a few.
Joint mobilization is a common practice among physiotherapists where a joint is moved passively to achieve a therapeutic effect. It is indicated with restriction of motion or pain due to tightness in the muscles and/or tendons. It can also assist in the reabsorbing of scar tissue, speed muscle healing and promote joint mobility by facilitating accessory motions. These are the involuntary movements of tendons and ligaments that bring about full range of motion.
Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy uses hands-on treatments, joint and soft tissue mobilizations and continual assessment of treatment effectiveness with each application. Recent medical research supports the use of manipulation in promoting healing in a specific subset of patients. Therefore it is essential that you are properly assessed and diagnosed before undergoing manipulation. It is also effective in the rehabilitation of a number of sports injuries such as ankle, knee and shoulder injuries.