Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is described as a “broad group of passive interventions in which physical therapist use their hands to administer skilled movements designed to modulate pain; increase joint range of motion; reduce or eliminate soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restrictions; induce relaxation, improve contractile and not contractile tissue extensibility; and improve pulmonary function”. 1

Balance Solutions therapists have been trained in many types of manual therapy techniques to effectively treat patients with various types of conditions. Manual therapy is used in conjunction with therapeutic and neuromuscular re-education exercises to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. Manual therapy techniques can be simply used to increase flexibility or joint mobility in the ankle or hip, allowing for improved balance and gait mechanics, or may be used to decrease pain and muscle spasm after an acute injury. Effective manual therapy intervention is used to speed up the heeling process and promote proper mechanics throughout the body.

Types of manual therapy techniques utilized by Balance Solutions Therapists include:

Soft tissue mobilization
Deep transverse friction massage
Myofascial Release
Muscle Energy
Strain Counter Strain
Mobilization with Movement
McKenzie Method
Manipulative Therapies (Joint Mobilizations)

1 Guide to physical therapy practice 1998.

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