Manual therapy is a specialized treatment approach that combines current research and critical thinking with hands-on evaluation and treatment of injury. This is a fancy way of saying that we use hands on techniques like joint mobilization, myofascial mobilization, and soft tissue work to improve healing. This specific approach to PT considers how movement restrictions in the arms, legs and spine can cause problems up or down the body from the site of stiffness.
For example, after you sprain your ankle, you may find it is stiff and lacks range of motion with walking. Because of these limitations, you may develop a subtly new walking pattern. Suddenly, in addition, you also notice that you have developed low back pain but have no idea why or what you’ve done to cause it!
Most people can relate to the sequela of injury that can happen in the body. Let us help you to better understand the mobility of your muscles and joints, as we address the root cause of your injury. In addition to our hands-on work, we use highly specific and calculated exercise to improve coordination, endurance and strength of the muscles surrounding the injury and throughout the body to optimize both stability and mobility of the whole system. Our goal is always to add the interventions that will get you back to the activities and life you love!
Manual Therapy can help us to:
- Inhibit pain
- Improve mobility of the joints and range of motion of the body
- Provide localized muscle relaxation and improved circulation that aids in healing
- Diminish pain associated with a healing tissue by ensuring that the joints surrounding this tissue are all moving well
To learn more about how Avant Physical Therapy can help you meet your goals schedule an appointment now, contact us at 206-686-4073 or request an appointment online today.