What is Manual Physical Therapy?
Have you gone to physiotherapy in the past and not had much success in your pain? Perhaps the physiotherapist relied heavily on putting a heat or ice pack to your affected area, followed by strapping you to a machine for ultrasound or electrical stimulation. Finally, your appointment ended with instructions on how to complete a series of exercises for your injured area.
There may be times when these modalities are necessary, however they do not need to be the bulk of your treatment. A hot pack feels great on your aching knee, same for the ultrasound machine, which can warm tissues deep in your body. These traditional treatment modalities when used in conjunction with manual therapy sessions work hand-in-hand at restoring your health.
During this gentle hands-on technique, physiotherapists employ several manipulative therapy treatment techniques aimed at relaxing tense muscles, improving mobility in the joints and reducing pain. These manual therapy techniques include:
- Joint Manipulation/Mobilization
Uses measured movements of slow to fast speed, gentle to forceful strength to pull, push or twist bones and joints into position.
- Muscle stretching
Passive movement of the injured area.
- Soft tissue work
Getting the patient to move the affected area against the physiotherapists’ resistance to strengthen muscle activation.
What Injuries Can Manual Physiotherapy Treat?
Say goodbye to aches and pain! Manual therapy is effective in treating both chronic and acute injuries that include:
- Muscle spasms
- Muscles that are tight with scar tissues
- Regions including the back, head, neck, arms and legs
- Restricted joints that are not able to move freely within the usual range of motion
What Are The Benefits of Manual Therapy?
- Break up scar tissues
- Improve flexibility and alignment of the affected area
- Increase circulation and ease pain in injured areas
- Relax muscles
Why our St Albert physical therapy team for Manual Therapy?
Get out of pain and get back to the lifestyle you love! Make your appointment count and get the most of your treatment with manual physical therapy St Albert sessions. Although ice and heat packs are useful for swollen joints and achy muscles. Reserve the heat and ice packs for home. We don’t want to waste your precious time at the physiotherapist’s office.
At Body Restoration physical therapy, we have physiotherapists that have earned the certified title of Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMT). They have undergone post-graduate studies in advanced manual therapy and manipulation. With a manual hands-on care, our highly trained physiotherapists rely on the interpretation of feedback from the person being treated. They use their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in movement in the spine, arms and legs.
Manual physical therapy provides detailed care that tailors to your injury and physical needs, now that is something a machine can’t do!
Are you frustrated with spending the bulk of your physiotherapy appointments on a machine? Are you not seeing any rehabilitation results? Want to learn more about manual physiotherapy? Our St Albert physical therapy team believe in taking your health into our hands! Contact us to speak to a expert physiotherapist about our specialized hands on approach.
Proudly serving the St Albert and Edmonton communities, we have helped over 12,420 patients since 1992. Get pain relief and start feeling better today!