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Manual Therapy can be a great option for:
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving mobility
- Increasing flexibility
- Relaxing muscles
- Improving joint movement
We are a hands-on clinic
There are a many treatment paths at Synergy Physical Therapy that require the use of weight machines, treadmills, and other fitness equipment to build strength and improve mobility. However, we pride ourselves on the use of manual therapy to provide a hands-on approach to rehabilitation whenever possible.
Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that relies on a practitioner’s hands to manipulate joints and muscle. During this procedure, a therapist will use specific hand placements, applying various pressure and motion in order to restore healthy movement in joints and soft tissues. This hands-on therapy is known to increase blood flow, increase tissue resiliency, and increase range of motion.
Manual therapy may be used to help patients with a number of conditions, including:
- Ankle and foot problems
- Hand and wrist issues
- Hip problems
- Knee injuries
- Low back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
At Synergy Physical Therapy, we use several manual therapy techniques, including:
Joint mobilization involves carefully moving a patient’s joint to improve motion, reduce pain and muscle spasms, and help the joint function properly.
Taping is a common physical therapy treatment that allows the therapist to align the muscles and help a patient recover from injury. Strips of special tape are placed strategically on the patient’s body in specific locations to help support joints and muscles as well as improve mobility.
Myofascial release is something many patients have experienced outside of a physical therapy setting. Like massage or foam rolling, myofascial release is a treatment designed to facilitate the stretching and relaxing of the connective tissue between muscles and joints. Therapists at Synergy are highly-trained in targeting specific trigger points using advanced methods for the most effective fascia release.
Soft tissue mobilization
Soft tissue mobilization is used to treat soft tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains as well as tendonitis and similar issues. Similar to myofascial release, this treatment can help reduce scar tissue and relax muscles.