Physical Therapy for Manual Therapy

Manual therapy techniques within physical therapy involves a multitude of techniques, styles, and applications that include some form of mobilization and or stimulation of soft tissue and joints to promote full and pain free mobility.  Some techniques are applied directly with the therapist’s hands and some include use of various tools, instruments, appliances, or training supplies.  Techniques include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, strain-counterstrain, positional release techniques, and graduated joint mobilizations.  Instrument assisted manual therapy may include Dry cupping involving application of plastic cups on the kin with negative pressure being applied that causes a suction effect to promote circulation, reduce pain, assist to release scar adhesions, and improve mobility.  Gua Sha/instrument assisted techniques uses plastic or metal instruments to release soft tissue restrictions.  Kinesiotape can be used to facilitate or inhibit muscle groups to reduce restrictions or help restore normal movement patterns.  Choosing the type(s) of appropriate manual therapy is based upon individual needs and tolerances and requires highly skilled therapists like those at LifeStrides.

Sessions typically last from 45-60 minutes depending on patient tolerance with periodic rest breaks as needed early in the program.  The typical program involves 2-3 visits per week to gain a positive training effect.  Our program begins with a thorough physical therapy evaluation and communication with your physician regarding your initial status and continues with regular assessments of progress provided to your physician as well.

We are committed to help those struggling to regain their functional mobility, independence, and joy in taking positive “Strides” in life.

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