What is Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment approach utilized by physical therapists to treat soft tissue injuries and joint structure limitations. The purpose of manual therapy is to modulate pain, improve range of motion, increase relaxation, decrease tissue inflammation, improve tissue elasticity and stability, and improve motion and function.
In manual therapy, physical therapists use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and mobilize joints to assist in decreasing pain related to muscle spasms and tension, as well as joint dysfunction.
Why Manual Therapy?
Because evidence and research shows that when patients are treated with manual-based techniques, their pain and movement improves more quickly. This means that patients can return to their “normal lives” more quickly also. If you have any further questions regarding whether you should choose to have manual therapy, please contact Performance Sports Physical Therapy at 716-674-1509.
What can Manual Therapy Techniques Help Improve?
Manual therapy techniques can improve a variety of diagnoses, injuries, and disorders. These include:
- Work-Related injuries
- Pre and post surgical care
- Sports-Related injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Back and neck injures
- Accident-Related injuries
- TMJ pain
- Pain management for all joints of the body
- Shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand injuries
- Cumulative trauma and repetitive use injuries including tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and carpal tunnel
- Hip, knee, ankle and foot injuries