Manual therapy is a specialized part of Physical Therapy and includes active and passive interventions. One system at a time is evaluated and treated with manual techniques:
Articular system – treatment of the joint hypomobilities and alignment of the joints.
Muscular system – treat the restrictions to relax and elongate the muscles to full resting length.
Connective tissue system – treat fascial restrictions and release scar tissue.
Nervous system – restore movement of the nerves through mobilization and gliding techniques.
Manual therapy is most effective when combined with exercises and patient education. Exercises will be given to compliment the treatment received and the exercises will be monitored. The more effort you put into the exercises, the faster you will feel better, and the quicker you will recover. (This is truly a joint adventure!)
In addition to the therapy listed above, I use cold laser in many of my treatments. How do therapeutic lasers work?
Therapeutic medical lasers heal tissue ailments by injecting billions of photons of visible and /or invisible laser light deep into tissue structures. Tissue naturally contains protein strands called chromophores and cytochromes located in the mitochrondria of a cell, which have the unique ability to absorb laser light energy and transform it into chemical energy for the cell. This chemical energy is utilized by the tissue to significantly accelerate the healing process and reduce pain in the body naturally.
The benefits are many:
- it assists in faster wound healing
- relieves pain and inflammation
- stimulates tissue regeneration
- reduces fibrous tissue formation
- increases metabolic activity
- increases vascular activity.
Cold laser is a wonderful tool in treating arthritis, tendonitis, sprains, and strains from the neck to the feet. If you would like to know more about this please contact our office.