Manual therapy techniques are a key component of successful Physical Therapy sessions. Any techniques where the therapist uses his or her hands to manipulate the bodies muscles, tendons, ligaments, or joints are classified as “Manual Therapy”.
Gentle to firm oscillating or quick stretching of joints performed by the therapist. These techniques are helpful in improving the motion of the joints in the extremities or spine. They can be very helpful in treating acute neck or back pain.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Includes various massage-like techniques to relax and loosen muscle, tendons, skin, and fascia.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Utilizes plastic or metal tools that are contoured to the curves of the body part. Breaks down scar tissue adhesions and stimulates the immune system to increase the healing processes. Research indicates that this treatment is very helpful with tendon problems such as tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis.
Strain Counter Strain
A technique that was developed by an Osteopathic physician and can be very helpful to relax tight and tender muscles. Seeks to find a position of relaxation for the muscle.
Trigger Point Release
This technique used gradual, constant pressure to a tender point in a muscle which is held for 3 to 5 minutes.
Muscle Energy Technique
Other Osteopathic techniques where the therapist guides the patient in contracting their muscles in a way that causes the bones the muscle is attached to move to a position of better alignment.
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