This involves hands on techniques aimed at improving tissue extensibility, joint range of motion, relaxation, improved muscle function and decreased pain.
Manual therapy is often an important part of your treatment, and a number of clinically significant effects have been found in the research on manual therapy including neurophysiological and psychological benefits.
Physiotherapy has proved to be beneficial
According to the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT), manual therapy has been defined as “skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects:
- Improve tissue extensibility.
- Increase range of motion of the joint complex.
- Mobilise or manipulate soft tissues and joints.
- Induce relaxation.
- Change muscle function.
- Modulate pain.
- Reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or movement restriction.”
Manual therapy involves the mobilisation of soft tissues such as muscles, connective tissue and joints. Joints can be mobilised in various directions, and at different speeds and depths. Other forms of this treatment include the stretching of muscles, passive movements of the affected body part, and muscle activation against the resistance of the therapist.
Other manual techniques include:
- Trigger point release.
- Active release techniques.
- Specific soft tissue mobilisations.
- Active assisted range of motion.
- Joint manipulations.