Manual therapy is defined as the skillful use of the hands to mobilize/manipulate joints, massage and lengthen soft tissues, and to monitor and facilitate improved neuromuscular control. The strength of this approach is that it requires considerable one on one time between the therapist and patient.

There are many manual therapy techniques, and after a comprehensive evaluation, the therapist would decide which techniques would work best for the individual patient. Different techniques include:

  • Myofascial Release
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization/Release Techniques
  • Maitland/Australian Approach
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization/Release Techniques
  • McKenzie Method
  • Mulligan Concept
  • PNF
  • Visceral Release
  • Mechanical Link
  • Strain-Counterstrain

Manual therapy techniques are often performed while the patient is performing a specific movement pattern. This functional approach allows for facilitation of the neuro-muscular system and produces a faster and longer lasting healthy outcome.

Most manual therapy utilized in physical therapy is very compressive in nature (soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization.)

MFD works in the decompression of adhesions; reducing inhibition of fluids and nutrient exchange. It is effective in decreasing stiffness and pain, improving tissue health and increasing mobility. We use MFD clinically to:

  • Decrease mechanical connective tissue changes following inflammation or trauma
  • Decrease trigger Points (presence of hypersensitive, tender tissue within the
    muscle belly)
  • Decrease myofascial dysfunction, scar adhesions, scar tissue
  • Decrease myofascial syndromes; i.e. faulty patterning due to hypertonic muscles

Almost everyone, athletes included, is left with circular marks from the negative pressure of the cups. See the chart below for a description of what each color or pattern represents.

Kinesio Taping is a taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. The elastic properties of the tape allow for unaltered joint mechanics and soft tissue mobility. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.

By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas:

  • Correct muscle function
  • Improve circulation of blood/lymph
  • Pain relief
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Promote improved circulation and healing
  • Re-educate the neuromuscular system