manual therapy Norcross & Peachtree Corners, GA

Manual Therapy

 

Manual therapy is a safe, effective and non-invasive treatment method that is used by rehabilitation specialists and athletic trainers. Typically, patients visit a manual therapist when they are experiencing musculoskeletal pain. During treatment, we work to relieve pain with joint manipulation, manipulation of the muscles, joint mobilization and kneading. Through this type of treatment, our highly-trained and experienced team is able to implement a hands-on approach to healing that is designed to help manage chronic pain, increase a range of motion, reduce inflammation, treat joint structures and promote faster healing. If you or a loved one is experiencing musculoskeletal pain, contact our offices today to learn more about the benefits of manual therapy.

Types of Manual Therapy

Joint Mobilization
One of the most common reasons for visits includes pulled muscles. Although many people rely on lots of rest to temporarily relieve the pain associated with a pulled muscle, it is likely that the pain will return without the help of targeted manual therapy. This is because the actual injury is most often caused by a restricted joint. With the joint mobilization technique, our team works to loosen up restricted joints by with increased amplitude and the application of slow velocity. This safe, effective and painless manual therapy treatment also helps to apply movement to the barrier of the joint and increase range of motion.

Soft Tissue Mobilization
This technique is used to break up fibrous muscle tissue. Utilizing deep pressure movements and targeted rhythmic stretching, our experienced manual therapist is able to localize areas in the body that have the greatest tissue restriction and mobilize the area using specific techniques.

High Velocity, Low Amplitude

This is generally considered to be a more aggressive approach to manual therapy that is designed to relieve chronic pain and restore range of motion by bringing a joint to the restrictive barrier and thrusting it. The high velocity, low amplitude thrusting technique is ideal for restoring joint motion without pushing the joint beyond its normal anatomical limit. While considered to be a more aggressive, this technique is still completely safe and pain-free.

Strain-Counterstrain
This manual therapy method is designed to address any abnormal neuromuscular reflexes in the body that may result in both postural and structural issues. During treatment, team works to locate the area of discomfort and holds that position for around 90 seconds. While in the hold position, our certified rehabilitation specialist is able to introduce an asymptomatic strain is with stretching. As you are brought of the hold position, your muscles are then able to reset and begin the healing process. This gentle technique is safe for patients of all ages but is most often applied to relieve back pain issues.

Muscle Energy Techniques (METs)
This popular treatment method is used to help lengthen any muscles in the body that are shortened and mobilize any restricted joints that are causing pain. During treatment, the muscles are safely contracted using a controlled counterforce that our team works to apply in a specific direction. Once contracted, the joint is taken to its new barrier, resulting in almost instant pain relief. This active procedure is also pain-free and requires patient participation to get the best results.

How is Manual Therapy an Effective Part of Treatment?

Before our team begins manual therapy treatment, a full assessment of your blood and supply is completed in addition to a comprehensive muscle and bone assessment. From there, the best type of treatment to fit your individual needs will be implemented in the hopes of achieving fast pain-relief. Manual therapy is ideal to help increase blood flow, reduce chronic pain, restore full range of motion and achieve an optimal level of overall wellness. This integral part of treatment is safe, non-invasive and ideal for treating patients of all ages. Be sure to give us a call today at Norcross & Peachtree Corners, GA centers to learn more about how manual therapy can help relieve your chronic pain symptoms and begin your journey on the road to recovery!