Hands On / Manual Therapy
I specialize in an eclectic mix of hands on/manual therapy approaches, including:
Functional Manual Therapy (FMT)
Active Release Technique (ART)
The Maitland Approach
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
What Is Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy means using hands-on techniques to address muscle pain, joint stiffness, and posture. Manual therapy assists in restoring smooth motion to stiff joints, tight muscles, and other soft tissues to improve overall movement. Manual therapy includes techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilization and manipulation, and passive and assisted movement.
Benefits Of Manual Therapy
Manual therapy combined with exercise that restores efficient movement is the best way to improve a patient’s quality of life. Manual therapy is customized to each patient’s individual condition, making it a very personalized form of treatment.
Soft tissue mobilization may reduce pain and inflammation, improve flexibility and mobility of muscle and fascia, and reduce painful muscle spasms. All this increases circulation of oxygen in the bloodstream, which produces a feeling of calm and relaxation.
Joint Mobilization and manipulation can also increase your joint movement and decrease pain where a range of motion has been previously restricted.
Using a variety of techniques allows each patient to achieve better movement patterns and make progress toward their individual health goals.
Does It Work?
The success of the manual therapy depends on whether we can correct physical abnormalities found during clinical examination.
Is It Safe?
A mistake in choosing the ‘right’ technique, can result in poor outcomes from PT, and may even be potentially harmful to the patient. The more experienced the PT, the better the outcome. I have 20 years’ experience using several manual therapy treatments with a great track record of using safe, appropriate techniques and achieving excellent outcomes.
Which Hands-On Treatment Is The Best?
Different techniques can have different results, and depending on who is providing the service, and at what point in the injury or pain cycle the method is being delivered can also influence the desired outcome. My experience, background, and education of your PT drives which technique is the best for whatever condition you may be dealing with or whatever goal you are trying to attain.