Manual Therapy encompasses an array of skilled hand techniques used by your physical therapist to improve tissue extensibility, mobility of your joints, decrease pain and improve your overall quality of movement. A one-on-one approach incorporating manual therapy is proven to get you better, faster.
- Myofascial Release
- Joint Mobilizations
- Muscle Energy Techniques (METs)
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Manual Traction
- Deep Tissue Massage / Release
- Cross Friction Massage
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential "time element" has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate".
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
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