Manual therapy techniques consist of, but are not limited to, connective tissue massage, joint mobilization and manipulation, manual traction, passive range of motion, soft tissue mobilization and manipulation, and therapeutic massage. ‘Manual’ providers use their hands to administer these techniques. Therefore, this procedure is known as a ‘hands-on’ therapy technique. Even though this is a manual therapy it is not the same as massage. There are significant differences between these two treatment methods. A massage is the use of rhythmically applied pressure to the skin and soft tissues of the body. . But manual therapy is not necessarily therapy. Manual therapy can be utilized to assess dysfunction, increase joint range of motion, decrease pain, and improve healing.
Typically, the goals of manual therapy are to modulate pain, increase joint range of motion, and reduce or eliminate soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. These techniques also induce relaxation and improve contractile and noncontractile tissue extensibility.
At Health 1st we use this treatment to help speed recovery from accidents or injuries. Our doctors use various techniques including Graston, Hawk, SASTM and other therapy techniques.