Manual therapy is a physical treatment used to treat musculoskeletal pain, injuries and disabilities. It’s used by many practitioners and therapists such as physiotherapists,
osteopaths, sports therapists and chiropractors, and primarily involves physical manipulation of the muscles and joints.
By putting pressure on muscle tissue and physically manipulating joints, our practitioners can help to decrease pain caused by muscle spasms or tension and joint dysfunction. They will assess whether the tightness may be in response to joint instability and use mobilisation techniques to help loosen tight tissues in and around a joint in order to restore flexibility and proper alignment.
Mobilising muscle fibres and tissues is especially essential after injury as this helps to avoid potential scar tissue and contractures. Obtaining proper alignment and maintaining functional range of motion during the recovery phase can help to decrease the duration of overall rehabilitation.
Some areas of the body that are commonly treated through different forms of manual therapy include the back, shoulders, wrists, feet, ankles, knees, and hips. Manual therapy can help with a wide range of injuries, whether they are sports-related (such as tennis elbow) or simply the result of an accident (e.g. ankle sprains). It can even help with chronic conditions such as sciatica.