Why are manual therapy techniques used for musculoskeletal pain?

Manual Therapy Techniques

If you are suffering from a musculoskeletal condition that impacts your joint mobility, manual therapy techniques can benefit you by strengthening the body, easing tense muscles, increasing range of motion, improving joint function, enhancing performance, promoting healing and helping you reclaim your quality of life from your symptoms. Read the following article to learn about the process of manual therapy and how these techniques can help you on your road to recovery.

How do manual therapy techniques work?

Manual therapy techniques are a common tool used by around 80% of physical therapists to relieve disorders ranging from osteoarthritis to traumatic injury. Prior to engaging in manual therapy techniques, the first step in your path to wellness is an evaluation by a trained physical therapist, which consists of an assessment of the bone, muscle, blood and nerve supply in the region of your pain and discomfort. 

These hands-on techniques involve the application of pressure by a physical therapist without the use of devices or machines. By kneading and manipulating the joints, muscles and soft tissues in the body, this will help to determine a proper diagnosis for your symptoms. Once the cause of your musculoskeletal pain is revealed, a physical therapist will then determine a customized approach tailored to your specific needs. 

For instance, a combination of manual therapy techniques may be recommended such as strain-counterstrain, joint mobilization, high velocity, low amplitude thrusting, muscle energy techniques and soft tissue mobilization. A physical therapist may also recommend manual therapy techniques to be performed in conjunction with stretching, strengthening and low-impact exercises to relieve your musculoskeletal condition and prevent your pain from recurring.

Manual therapy techniques offered at Whatcom Physical Therapy 

Don’t live another moment longer letting musculoskeletal pain take hold of your life. Leverage the manual therapy techniques at Whatcom Physical Therapy today to get back to your daily routine. Our physical therapy specialists are constantly learning new techniques and advancing their capabilities to deliver the exceptional results and services you deserve.

Contact our team today for more information about our manual therapy techniques or to schedule an initial appointment with our dedicated team.