Manual Therapy

Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Now many of our readers must be wondering what Manual Therapy is? Manual therapy, also known as manipulative therapy, is a method of physical treatment to help treat various illnesses and conditions. This form of treatment is mainly used by chiropractors, physiotherapists, physiatrists, occupational therapists, osteopathic physicians, and osteopaths, as manual therapy is highly beneficial in treating pain and disability related to musculoskeletal system. Manual therapy usually involves massaging, kneading and manipulation of the joints and muscles with joint manipulation and joint mobilization.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a hands-on technique, which includes manipulation/mobilization for diagnosing and treating any conditions related to soft tissues and joint structures. The benefits of manual therapy are:

  • It helps in pain reduction (acute and chronic).
  • It gives you an increased range of motion (ROM).
  • Brings down the inflammation of the soft tissue.
  • Helps you to relax.
  • Improves your physical ability.
  • Enhances the healing of contractile and non-contractile tissue.
  • Stabilises the tissues.
  • Rejuvenates you completely.
  • Helps in easy and fluid body movements.
  • Improves various bodily functions.

The special thing about Manual Therapy is, as the name itself suggests, it utilizes hands instead of machines/devices. The practitioners use their hands to apply pressure on the muscles, tissues and for joint manipulation in order to decrease pain which can be caused by muscle stiffness, spasm and dysfunction of the joints.

We have quite a number of the techniques of this therapy covered under our "Manual Therapy" section, such as Chiropractic Treatment, Physical TherapyMassage Therapy and Spa Therapy. Each of these topics further has a vast array of additional sub topics. You can read all this in detail under our Manual Therapy section.

NOTE: It is our request to the readers to get these therapies and different techniques mentioned here done by a professional only. Readers should not attempt to try out these techniques on their own and without prior medical consult. The information given here is for the sole purpose of imparting knowledge and to create awareness of the different treatment options available to a patient and is not a substitute to actual treatment or a visit to the doctor.

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: March 27, 2017

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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