Long-term discomfort is debilitating and can prevent a person from living a normal life. This discomfort can come from random pains, injuries, car wrecks, and normal aging that results in muscle tightness, tension, and other aching joint pains. With the goal to relieve these types of pain, people often look to find a physical therapist.
Physical therapists might recommend manual therapy as part of a patient’s healing journey. This hands-on method has been found to bring reduced pain and tension in both the short-term and long-term healing processes for many patients.
What is Manual Therapy?
Manual Therapy is a specialized category of physical therapy that consists of various types of treatment. In these types of treatments, multiple hands-on techniques are used to bring relief to a patient without the assistance of other therapy devices.
The specific hand motions used in these manual therapy interventions are specifically targeting the joints, muscles, nerves, and per-articular structures in the patient’s body. Patients who regularly receive manual therapy treatment commonly see the following results over time:
Improved Joint Mobility
Short-term pain relief
Long-term pain relief
Improved pain-free movements
Better range of motion
Resolved muscle spasms
Softened trigger points (commonly known as “knots” in the muscles)
Improved tingling and numbness in arms and legs
Improved headaches, body aches, etc.
Because manual therapy is non-invasive, patients often enjoy these treatments as part of their normal recovery process. Without the additional healing from surgery or bruises and aches from other therapeutic devices, manual therapy allows patients to have less pain while carrying on with the normal motions of life.
How Fast Will I See Results?
When manual therapy sessions are conducted by skilled physical therapists who have specifically practiced this specialty, patients often begin to notice results very early on in their healing journey. At Metroplex, patients and physical therapists commonly see the beginning of improvements within 2-3 sessions.
Seeing the swift effectiveness of manual therapy, patients often like to receive manual therapy sessions to help relieve pain while also participating in other exercises and treatments.
How can I receive manual therapy treatments?
Schedule an appointment with Metroplex Physical Therapy to get an overall treatment plan set up and ask your physical therapist if manual therapy treatment could aid your healing and performance. Call us to schedule an appointment today!