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.
- 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 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 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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My entire experience with Physio4all has been superb. From initial enquiry, to the first consultation and the subsequent sessions, everything was extremely professional and friendly. Christine put together a great plan for me and supplied me with constant support throughout the rehabilitation process. Her and her staff also went above and beyond in assisting me to supply the insurance company as well as the surgeon with all the information they requested throughout the process. All in all, a great experience and would wholeheartedly recommend them. Taufik
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