Athlete having manual therapy- calf muscle massage.

Many patients with acute or chronic pain and joint stiffness and muscle tension can benefit from manual therapy.

Manual therapy is a clinical approach based on skilled “hands on” therapy to decrease pain and improve the mobility of joints, soft tissues and nerves.

At physio for All, our physiotherapists and osteopaths have developed highly skills manual therapy during their studies and through further postgraduate training.

Manual therapy is used to assess, diagnose and treat a variety of symptoms and conditions.

Physiotherapists will usually combine manual therapy with exercise prescription and rehabilitation which will lead to a faster recovery of your function.

Benefits of Manual Therapy

  • Modulate pain
  • Increase joints mobility to stiff joints and range of motion
  • Improve tissue repair
  • Improving tissue stability and extensibility
  • Reduce soft-tissue inflammation
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Induce relaxation
  • Facilitate movement and exercise therapy

Manual Therapy techniques

  • Manual joints mobilisation or manipulation

Their aim is to increase joint mobility and a pain-free range of movement as well as a better circulation within the joint.

Joint mobilisations are skilled passive movements of varied intensities and amplitudes applied to a joint.

Joint manipulations are a passive movement with high velocity and low amplitude applied to a joint.

Manual joints mobilisation or manipulation
  • Manual soft tissues therapy

Manual therapy of the soft tissues is the application of manual pressure to the skin, muscles and tendons, ligaments and fascia. The most common soft tissue manual techniques are:

  • ,Deep tissue massage, sports and therapeutic massage, manual lymphatic drainage
  • Muscle Energy techniques
  • Myofascial Release address the restrictions in the fascia. Fascia is a web of connective tissue covering and connecting the muscles, joints and organs within the whole body.
  • Trigger points release. Myofascial trigger points (MTPs) are focal areas of tenderness within a muscle belly which usually respond to a referred pain at the distance of the point.
  • Neural mobilisation is the mobilisation and gliding of the nerves.
  • Visceral Manipulation “is a gentle manual technique to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the internal organs (or viscera) and their connective tissue”. JP Barral

Not sure if we can help you? Need skilled “hands-on” therapy for your stiff joints or tight muscles?

If you have questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us

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