Manual physical therapy includes specific techniques such as, joint mobilization or myofascial release. The goal of manual physical therapy is to reduce pain and restore movement, functionality, and overall health.
Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy approach to healing and recovery delivered with the hands instead of a device or a machine. It is a unique set of techniques and methodologies that address pain, dysfunction, and disability.
Though always focusing on the patient’s mobility, range of motion, and overall functionality, more and more we find reasons of musculoskeletal dysfunction and chronic pain in other systems of the patient’s body. Human fascia leads us into organs and structures involved in transportation, delivery of oxygen and nutrients, processing or removal of toxicity. It turns out that the ANS, immune system or GI tract, just through its dysfunctional, yet correctable, anatomy or physiology, have a lot to do with the spine, rib cage, or pelvic floor stiffness or immobility and pain.
RESULTS OF MANUAL THERAPY:
- Elimination or reduction of protective muscle spasms (both striatal and smooth muscle cells).
- Elimination of bone bruises (microtrabecular fractures).
- Elimination or reduction of pain.
- Elimination or reduction of overall tension.
- Decompression of all soft tissue.
OTHER POSITIVE “SIDE EFFECTS” REPORTED BY PATIENTS:
- Normalization of GI function (BM’s, digestion, etc…).
- Decrease or elimination of allergies.
- Improved immune system competence.
- Decrease or elimination of chronic fatigue.
- Significant increases in energy levels.
Our interventions utilize Myofascial Release (MFR, direct and indirect), Strain-counter strain (SCS) and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET). An additional list of supportive literature is attached. Clinically, our decision-making (Clinical Reasoning or CR) is based on the Osteopathic Rule of Proximity, Rule of Function, Rule of Supply, Rule of Drainage, Rule of Pain, Rule of Connectedness and Rule of Difference (as in “Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine”; Executive editor: Robert C.Ward, D.O., F.A.A.O.; 2003 Edition).