Manual therapy – what is it?
Manual therapy is just one tool in a physiotherapist’s kit that allows them to mobilization stiff joints and soft tissue. This specialized form of treatment helps in reducing swelling, decreasing restriction, mobilizing joints, and increasing your range of motion. Our physiotherapists have received extensive training in specialized manual therapy techniques from a wide variety of schools and instructors.
What is considered manual therapy?
Manual therapy techniques may include, but are not limited to:
When you experience severe pain after sustaining an injury, it is usually the result of a restricted joint. Our physiotherapists are specially trained to mobilize restricted joints by applying pressure at a low velocity. Mobilization techniques are safe, effective, and painless, allowing for an increase in your range of motion, and the improvement of the restricted joint’s mobility.
- Manual traction
When our physiotherapists perform manual traction, they will apply gentle force to a certain area of the body, in order to gently stretch the soft tissues and restore normal, natural movement. While the neck is the most common area for manual traction, it can also be performed on other parts of the body, including the arms, legs, and back. Professionals who understand the limitations of your body, as well as its capabilities. In fact, many patients notice significant pain relief and improvement in mobility after just one session of manual therapy!
What are Joint Manipulations Techniques?
Joint manipulation is a unique, high level, regulated skill that can help to reduce pain and improve movement and function. More specifically, joint manipulation is the application of a rapid force movement that helps to create space (or gapping) of a joint. The gapping created helps to change the firing pattern of pain nerves, allowing a person to experience less pain.
Why choose Joint Manipulation as a therapy?
Research has shown that manipulation therapy in combination with other therapy components such as education and exercise, can help you return to pain-free living faster. Techniques such as thrust manipulation have demonstrable benefits for reducing muscle pain and tension, and for restoring normal joint movement.
What is CAMPT?
CAMPT-Certified physiotherapists are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) that have completed extensive post-graduate education and have attained internationally recognized qualifications in hands-on manipulative therapy. We provide focused treatment based on research-guided techniques that speed up patient recovery while educating them about their condition to reduce the risk of relapse.
If your stiff or tight muscles are limiting your daily life, don’t hesitate to request a consult. One of our Kitchener, Elmira, and Northfield, ON physiotherapists would be happy to meet with you and discuss how manual/manipulative therapy can benefit you!