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Manual Therapy Irving, Euless, Grapevine, colleyville, highland park & grapevine,TX

Manual Therapy

How can manual therapy help me?

If you are experiencing increased pain and stiffening in any of your joints and muscles, manual therapy is often helpful. Patients seek out this type of physical therapy for a variety of mobility issues.

For example, you may be finding it difficult to get up from a sitting or lying position or bending forward without back pain and stiffness. You may also find that your neck or shoulders “lock up” and give you pain when you pursue everyday actions such as reaching for items or driving. In fact, debilitating pain and stiffness in muscles and joints can happen virtually anywhere in your body.

What kinds of manual therapy exist?

Manual therapy is the hands-on component of physical therapy, but there are several different sub-categories within the practice of manual therapy. Each has its own benefits, depending on the underlying problem. Among the most widely used are:

Soft Tissue Massage
Soft tissue mobilization, or massage, focuses on muscles and tendons. Often if a patient experiences repetitive stress or trauma somewhere in the body, that tissue can become scarred and robbed of the precious fluids that promote flexibility. Soft tissue massage focuses on increasing tissue hydration to these damaged areas while promoting overall wellness.

Joint Mobilization
A “restricted joint” issue often occurs after an injury, such as a fall, or through disuse due to pain with activity. The resulting decreased mobility within the joint leads to increased pain with activity and decreased range of motion. A skilled physical therapist practices joint mobilization, such as a “slide and glide” of opposing joint surfaces, in order to get the joints working properly again.

Neuromuscular Techniques
At times, muscles work themselves into abnormal states of tension, in which the muscle’s stretch reflex has difficulty relaxing itself. Physical therapists may use a technique known as “strain/counterstrain” that guides the problematic muscle into positions that are “opposite” the ones at which pain and tenderness starts. Staying in this position of slight tension helps relieve spasms by gently pulling the muscles into the opposite direction of the faulty stretch reflex.

Where can I get manual therapy for my pain and stiffness?

Our expert physical therapists are highly trained in manual therapy techniques. We provide gentle, hands-on therapies that address a broad range of muscle and joint conditions and injuries. Call us today to schedule an appointment or Contact Body By Briggs today.

Body By Briggs serves the areas of  Irving, Euless, Grapevine, colleyville, highland park & grapevine,TX.

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