Saturday, 23 March 2019

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy: Manual therapy is an effective technique for increasing the circulation of oxygen in the bloodstream, which produces a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Manual therapy refers to the assessment and treatment of neurological, cardio-respiratory and orthopedic problems through the use of hands-on techniques like manipulation and mobilization. These techniques are used to reduce pain, increase the range of motion, reduce or eliminate inflammation and facilitate the ease of movement. Physical therapists focus on the nerves, soft tissues and connective tissue (fascia), and/or on enhancing joint movement beyond its range of motion with the use of high velocity, low amplitude force. Manual therapy can also involve prescribed exercises—in the clinic or at home.
If you have either sudden or ongoing pain in 

your spine, neck, shoulder, 
foot/ankle or knee, you can benefit from manual therapy. It helps muscles relax, breaks up scar tissue and improves flexibility. Manual therapy can also increase your joint movement where a range of motion has been previously restricted, and reduce painful muscle spasms.
Orthopedic manual physical therapists treat acute and chronic pain conditions affecting all areas of the body. When an injury causes soft-tissue and joint restrictions that produce pain during movement, manual therapy can improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore normal functioning of the soft-tissues and joints
Benefits of Manual therapy: 
·        · Manage pain: Chronic pain can be one of the most frustrating conditions to experience, especially if the underlying cause is unknown. However, physical therapy techniques and therapeutic exercises can help mobilize your joints and soft tissue and restore muscle function, reducing aches or eliminating pain altogether. And when patients continue to perform the prescribed physical exercises regularly, it can keep the pain from returning.

·       · Avoid surgeryWhile surgery is unavoidable in some cases, physical therapy can help avoid surgery for others. By eliminating pain, assisting with healing, and improving physical health, physical therapy can help heal injured tissue and facilitate mobility all on its own, thus eliminating the need to go under the knife. And in case you’ve already had surgery, PT can get you into good shape and help you recover faster.

  • ·   Prevent injuries: One of the key aspects of physical therapy involves assessing the weak areas in the patient’s body, and formulating a PT plan that helps strengthen these vulnerable points. By recognizing the areas of muscular or skeletal weakness, a physical therapist can analyze how likely it is that a patient will suffer injury, and create an exercise regimen that targets and strengthens weak muscle groups and joints, thus preventing future injuries in these areas.

·       ·Improve mobility and balance: Often, after a serious injury or a big surgery, it can be hard for patients to get back on their feet. Mobility can be restricted and simple activities like writing, eating, or balancing the body can prove to be a challenge. This is when physical therapy comes in handy. Therapeutic exercises can restore mobility, make walking and moving around safer, and can even improve coordination and balance in patients who are at high risk for falls.

·      ·  Tackle general health issues: One of the less obvious advantages of physical therapy is that it helps handle and manage many age-related health problems including joint pains, arthritis, and osteoporosis. PT is a safer and more conservative approach for older patients, as it gives them a less traumatic alternative than undergoing joint replacement surgery. Physical therapy benefits have also proven to be effective for patients suffering from cardiac issues, as it improves cardiovascular function.

·     ·   Manage age-related issues: Many times as an individual age throughout their lives, many people may develop arthritis and osteoporosis. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain and help recover from getting a knee, hip or joint replacement.
·        Maximize your movement: Physical therapists are able to identify, diagnose and treat movement-related issues. Each treatment plan is custom designed for each person's individual challenges and outcome goals. The benefit of physical therapy can help you live pain-free and increase your quality of life. Your physical therapist also should work collaboratively with the patient.

·       · Avoid dependence in pain medication: Often when someone goes through surgery, there can be long term pain issues that need to be addressed. To reduce the risk of dependence on pain medication, physical therapy is often a great safe alternative choice to address the pain issues from surgery. Even the CDC (center for disease prevention and control) recommends using physical therapy instead of pain medications.
·       · Regain original capabilities: Many times as part of the healing process through physical therapy one is able to regain capabilities that were once lost. Although this does not happen quickly, after a few years of physical therapy under the supervision of an expert physical therapist. In addition, physical therapy is great because it helps not just regain original capabilities but because it will help significantly improve the overall fitness and health of a patient.

Most Common Reasons for Physical Therapy

Many of the common reasons people get physical therapy are varied but here are the most common: reduce or eliminate pain, avoid surgery, improve mobility, recover from a stroke, recover from a sports injury, improve balance strength muscles to prevent falls, pre-diabetes management, managing age-related issues.
Benefits of Physical Therapy after Surgery
Some of the most common benefits of post-surgery physical therapy are: to restore function (both normal and joint function), building up strength in your muscles and surrounding muscles, take away pain and ease the swelling in very sensitive areas, to help with ADL (activities of daily living), help with healing through increased circulation, avoiding blot clots.