How can manual therapy help me?
If you are experiencing increased pain and stiffening in any of your joints and muscles, manual therapy is often helpful. Patients seek out this type of physical therapy for a variety of mobility issues.
What kinds of manual therapy exist?
Manual therapy is the hands-on component of physical therapy, but there are several different sub-categories within the practice of manual therapy. Each has its own benefits, depending on what the underlying problem is. Among the most widely used are:
- Soft Tissue Mobilization – Soft tissue mobilization focuses on muscles, ligaments and tendons. Often if a patient hasn’t had a chance to use a set of muscles due to illness, or has been injured in that area, the tissues can become scarred, and robbed of the precious fluids that promote flexibility. Soft tissue mobilization focuses on limbering up these damaged areas, while promoting overall wellness. Soft tissue mobilization will be done manually by the therapist or through the use of an instrument in a technique called Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).
- Joint Mobilization – A “restricted joint” issue often occurs after an injury, such as falling and twisting your back, or wrenching your shoulder. The injury to the joint leads to muscle spasms and restricted movement. A skilled physical therapist practices joint mobilization movements, such as a “glide and slide” of opposing bones, in order to get the joints working properly again.
- Neuromuscular Techniques – At times, muscles work themselves into abnormal states, in which the muscle’s stretch reflex has difficulty relaxing itself. To treat this, our physical therapist can use a variety of techniques (ie strain/counterstrain) to help relieve the spasm and altered muscle tensioning.
Where can I get manual therapy for my pain and stiffness?
We are highly qualified to practice manual therapy. With years of specialized training, we provide gentle, hands-on therapies that address a broad range of muscle and joint conditions and injuries. This includes soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and neuromuscular techniques to help you feel better.
Contact Given Sports & Physical Therapy today at Crystal Lake, IL center to schedule an appointment!