What do manual therapy procedures involve?

The manual therapy procedure is performed by applying a manual force that is determined with a certain precision and performed in a specific way on the connective tissues and skeletal muscles. The aim of manual therapy is to help improve mobility in certain areas where there are difficulties in order to relax certain areas where muscle contractions occur.

Manual therapy can be effective for the treatment of joints that have lost adequate mobility, but also to facilitate certain movements in various musculoskeletal conditions. These joint limitations and musculoskeletal conditions can cause discomfort, pain and altered function in the movement posture.

Manual therapy procedures are performed by a physiotherapist and consist of evaluation and treatment techniques, including: traction, massage, trigger point therapy, active release techniques, stretching, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, joint manipulation and joint mobilization.

Use of manual therapy

Manual therapy involves restoring mobility to stiff joints and reducing tension in the muscles. The objective is to restore the patient’s natural and pain-free movement in different areas of the body. Through manual therapy pain can be relieved both in patients with chronic pain and in acute pain as a result of soft injuries or muscle tension.

Medical conditions that can be treated with manual therapy

Patients experiencing pain in the area of the back, spine, shoulders, elbows, fingers and toes, hips, ankles or knees can turn to manual therapy. At the same time, the manual therapy procedure can also be used with high success for the management of cases where patients are experiencing joint pain, muscle pain and contractures or tendon pain.

It should be emphasized that delaying or avoiding this medical recovery procedure can lead to increased intensity of manifestations, loss of physical function and even chronicity of the condition. It is for this reason that any patient who wants to benefit from the manual therapy procedure should first discuss with a medical rehabilitation specialist in order to establish treatment plans.

There are several therapeutic advantages that manual therapy offers. The main benefits of this procedure involve pain modulation, increased joint mobility and range of motion, regaining tissue stability and elasticity, healing at the tissue level, decreasing soft tissue inflammation, decreasing muscle tension and inducing a relaxing sensation.

Contraindications in manual therapy procedure

Although there are many benefits, it must be said that manual therapy is not recommended in certain situations. These include malignant spinal diseases, infections, acute inflammations, open wounds, cancer diagnosis, skin diseases, cervical rheumatoid diseases, spinal bone diseases or joint instability.