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The Benefits of Hands-On Manual Physical Therapy

Do you need to rehab from an injury? Are you suffering from mobility deficits due to a recent orthopedic surgery? Have you considered manual physical therapy to help recover from physical dysfunction and pain?

If you are looking for more information on this subject and how it can help you recover from an injury, please read on.

What Is Manual Physical Therapy?

Manual therapy interventions are just as they sound. It is a hands-on form of physical therapy treatment applied directly to the affected areas to help promote a number of deficits.

Some of the techniques involved in manual physical therapy at TrueMotion include manual traction, joint mobilization, passive stretching, soft tissue mobilization, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.

If you're interested in finding a physical therapy clinic servicing Vancouver, you will likely find many options with a quick Google Search. However, before jumping headfirst into the first available clinic appointment, look into what forms of treatment are being offered, and the level of skilled experience performing manual physical therapy techniques, when offered.

When coupled with other forms of Physical Therapy treatments, manual physical therapy can help you overcome many musculoskeletal conditions and movement dysfunctions. This includes persistent injuries, and overuse injuries, which is why it's such a valuable part of sports medicine rehab.

The Many Benefits of Manual Physical Therapy

Manual therapy techniques are implemented when the examination findings indicate, to improve tissue extensibility, increase range of motion, induce muscle relaxation, mobilize or manipulare soft tissues and joints, modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. Most commonly, manual therapy techniques involve soft tissue mobilization (STM) and/or joint mobilizations, but can also involve various other skilled “hands-on” techniques.

Whether you are injured through playing sports or from a car accident, manual therapy techniques can help you recover much faster with less likelihood of re-injury with the proper implementation to your affected structures. Stiffness can be improved via soft tissue or joint mobilizations. Improving muscle motor coordination leading to improved movement can be achieved with proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. This form of manual therapy assists the body in re-learning how to move properly.

Manual physical therapy can also be beneficial for long-term health problems. These can include problems that persist after an injury that may benefit from treatment years after the initial onset of their symptoms. Chronic pain can often be treated using manual physical therapy in conjunction with therapeutic exercise.

This form of Physical therapy intervention can also help accelerate post-surgery recovery by improving scar tissue mobility, general range of motion for activity, muscle flexibility, and body mechanics.

Get Started with Manual Therapy for Injury Rehab

Clearly, manual physical therapy can be a tremendous benefit for faster injury rehab. So, what are you waiting for? Look into your manual physical therapy options today.

If you're in the Vancouver area, visit TrueMotion Physical Therapy for your injury rehab needs.

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