What Are the Different Types of Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy is an umbrella term for several hands-on techniques used to relieve pain, stiffness and increase range of motion in various body regions. These techniques utilize a combination of biomechanical, neurophysiological and psychological elements to reduce pain and enhance function. Essentially, they target the affected joint, muscle or connective tissue. If you’re looking for professional help, consider visiting Tribeca Physical Therapy for top-notch treatment.
Mobilization is a type of manual therapy that encourages movement in injured areas. It may involve slow, deliberate motions to activate joints or gentle pressure to break up and relax tense muscle tissue. Joint mobilization is a physiotherapist-provided hands-on treatment that can be beneficial for many conditions. Physiotherapists frequently employ it on patients suffering from stiff necks, spine pain, or shoulder discomfort. It can also help treat hip, knee and ankle pain and stiffness. But it’s not for everyone so it is essential to consult your physical therapist to see if this option is suitable for you.
Myofascial release therapy helps relieve pain by loosening tension in the fascia, or connective tissue that surrounds muscles and connects them to bones, blood vessels, nerves and other organs. Myofascial release therapy (MRT) is often included in a massage therapy session, but can also be provided by chiropractors and other traditional medical practitioners. MRT involves hands-on stretching and massaging of the entire body, producing an incredible healing effect which eliminates pain and restores motion.
Traction therapy is a manual form of manual therapy that utilizes devices to apply pressure on an area of the body. It’s commonly used to apply tension to dislocated bones or joints such as a dislocated shoulder, but can also keep muscles stretched to reduce muscle spasms.
Intermittent Traction/Relaxation with Cycles of Minutes
Continuous Traction can range from intermittent (alternating traction and relaxation with cycles of minutes), sustained (20-60 minutes), or continuous (maintained for hours to days). The primary force can be axial, such as with a superoinferior axis pull; distraction manipulation which uses combined axial forces combined with off-axis forces like flexion or lateral bending; or positional such as traction in the standing position.
Massage is a type of bodywork that involves applying pressure to muscles and soft tissues. This helps relax muscles, boost circulation, and break up scar tissue. A manual therapist may employ various massage techniques to target specific areas. These may include kneading, rolling, petrissage, tapping, vibration and percussion/tapotement.
Manual therapy is a type of hands-on treatment used by medical professionals such as massage therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists. This type of intervention can provide relief from various musculoskeletal issues like pain, stiffness and swelling. Manipulating, or mobilizing, is a form of manual therapy that uses measured movements with varying speeds (slow to fast), force (gentle to strong) and distances to twist, pull or push bones and joints into position. These techniques can loosen tight tissues surrounding an joint, reduce pain in both the joint and surrounding tissue, improve flexibility and alignment overall. If you’re interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment, visit Tribeca Physical Therapy’s home page.