Individuals who have muscle pain and disability can be treated through manual therapy.
Manual Therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing specific hands-on techniques. During this technique, Physiotherapist use their hands to create a pressure on muscle tissue and joints which decreases the back pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension and joint dysfunction. It helps to diagnose soft tissues and joint structures for purpose of controlling the pain.
Manual Therapy can be very helpful for the treatment of joints that lack adequate mobility and range of motion. It helps the patients to restore the flexibility and reduces the muscle tension using natural treatment. This is a gentle manual therapy technique targeting the muscular element of the musculoskeletal system.
In general, manual physical therapy techniques involves the following types of movement:
* Soft tissue work, including massage, pressure is applied to the soft tissues of the body such as the muscles. This pressure can help relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissue, and ease pain in the soft tissues.
* Mobilization/manipulation, uses measured movements of varying speed (slow to fast), force (gentle to forceful), and distances (called ‘amplitude’) to twist, pull, or push bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues around a joint, reduce pain in a joint and surrounding tissue, and help with flexibility and alignment.