Manual Therapy involves the physiotherapist’s use of his or her hands to mobilize the joints of the spine and extremities, create movement in nerve tissue, or facilitate the activation, flexibility and normalization of muscle tone. Some of the techniques our clinicians use to restore normal motion and regain control of that motion include joint mobilization, joint manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, mobilization of neural tissue, and muscle energy technique. Manual treatment techniques are used to relieve pain and to restore proper movement and function to restricted joints and associated soft tissues. This allows each region of the body to move fully, efficiently and safely.
This includes the use of electrical equipment such as ultrasound, laser, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), interferential current and muscle stimulators. These are medical devices used to help reduce inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms and to enhance tissue healing.
Exercise in general is very important for a healthy lifestyle. It is especially important after injury. Your rehabilitation program will include exercises within the clinic and a home exercise program. Specific stretching, strengthening, and stabilization exercises are a critical part of the rehabilitation process for most musculoskeletal injuries.
We teach our clients about the injury and associated pathology, timeframes for recovery, injury prevention, postural correction, home and workplace ergonomics, and techniques to use at home to reduce pain or regain function. We believe proper knowledge is vital to help recover from, and to prevent, future recurrence of injuries.