How We Treat
Manual therapy is a skilled hands-on treatment technique used by physical therapists to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction from injury/overuse, immobilization, disease, and the aging process. Hands-on techniques can increase range of motion, treat joint structures, reduce pain, relax tissue, reduce inflammation/swelling, and enhance healing. There are many different styles and methods of manual therapy used by physical therapists.
Soft tissue mobilization is used to break up fibrous muscle tissue/adhesions and is often applied to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and scars. This method of manual therapy uses light to deep pressure with rhythmic stretching. The physical therapist localizes techniques to the area of the greatest tissue restriction and works the tissue surrounding that area. The therapist may use specific tools to enhance the process.
Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) are procedures used to lengthen shortened muscles, mobilize restricted joints and mechanical faults. The patient actively contracts uses his/her muscles against a controlled counterforce applied by the physical therapist from in a specific direction. After the muscle contraction, the joint is taken to its new range of motion.
Joint Mobilization/Manipulation which uses measured movements of varying speed (slow to fast), force (gentle to forceful), and distances (called 'amplitude') to twist, pull, or push bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues around a joint, reduce pain in a joint, and surrounding soft tissue, and help with flexibility, posture, and alignment.
Myofascial Release is a focused elongation technique that engages tight and restricted tissues through superficial and deep pressure to help restore muscle balance.