Friday, 17 March 2017

Know All About Manual or Manipulative Therapy

There are many types of pain a person suffers as they age. The most common problem is of the joint and muscles. Frequently lifting heavy loads or working longer hours in the same position can lead to stiffness in the joints or even muscles.

In order to relieve this pain, there are various practices and one of the most common is manipulative therapy or more commonly known as manual therapy.

Who uses manual therapy?
In order to relax the muscle pains, manual therapy is used by massage therapists, physical therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopathic physicians and occupational therapists. They treat both musculoskeletal pain and disabilities that a patient may be suffering from.

In order to treat the pain, therapists many use the following manipulation techniques:
•    Counterstrain
•    Cranial-sacral
•    Muscle energy
•    The classic thrust technique which is the high velocity-low amplitude (HVLA) technique
•    Myofascial release
•    Lymphatic pump
•    Ligamentous release
•    Soft tissue techniques
•    Visceral techniques

How the manual therapists treat their patients?

Manipulative therapy involves kneading and as mentioned above, manipulation of muscles and joints. A therapist works his/her way on the joints of the patient by applying precise amount of manual pressure. The pressure has to be applied in a specific direction in order to relieve the patient of the pain.
The pressure can either be applied on the exact location of the pain or at some distance away from the pain. The location-centric application of pressure helps the patient to recover from the following:
•    Joint restriction and misalignment
•    Restore tissue and muscle balance
•    Treat any kind of structural and tissue abnormalities
•    Promote the movement of bodily fluids

When it comes to joint and muscle pain, there is nothing better than manual therapy from a certified therapist. They know their way around each type of abnormality and pain and will help you get quick relief from it.

If you are suffering from any kind of joint pain then it is better to consult a manual therapist today itself as they will help you get rid of the throbbing pain within a couple of sessions.

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