Manual therapy, literally means 'hands on' treatment, and is primarily used by physiotherapists to treat pain and disability. It most commonly includes massage, manipulation, joint mobilisation and joint manipulation.
As it sounds, Hands on treatment is delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine (and leaving you in the room for hours)!
Our focus here at O'Neill & Pross is on 'hands on therapy' to help release the cause, rather than the problem.
Manual Therapy involves:
Soft tissue work (massage) : where pressure is applied to the soft tissues of the body (ie the muscles). This pressure can help relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissue, and ease pain in the soft tissues.
Mobilization/manipulation: which uses movements of varying speed and force to twist, pull, or push bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues around a joint, reduce pain in a joint and surrounding tissue, and help with flexibility and alignment.