If you’ve ever visited a physiotherapist the chances are that they’ve used some form of manipulative therapy to treat your ailment. Manipulation & mobilisation are manual techniques used by physios in order to improve the mobility and function of your soft tissues, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Manipulation is usually performed as a very fast, accurate movement on the neck or back area and provides pain relief and increases flexibility. Physios are highly trained, experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to the intricacies of bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage and joints of the human body, so they can manipulate patients to relieve pain and encourage healthy movement and alignment.
What conditions can manipulative therapy be used for?
Some of the most common conditions physiotherapists encounter on a daily basis can be treated with manipulative therapy.
Almost anything that’s musculoskeletal in nature, affecting the joints, muscles and tissues can be approached with some sort of manual intervention to provide relief for the pain or problem. It’s a non-invasive, science-based methodology that can address neurological, neuro-musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular issues.
Conditions that a physiotherapy clinic will tackle with manipulative therapy include:
• Reduced range of motion
• Tenseness or stiffness in muscles or joints
• Soft tissue swelling or inflammation
• Back and neck pain
• Sports injuries
• Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Often issues such as neck pain are caused by stiff muscles which need relaxing. A trained physiotherapist will be able to identify the cause of a problem and manipulate the parts of the body in a way to alleviate the symptoms, sometimes over a series of sessions.
What to look for when considering manipulative therapy
The most important thing when looking for a course of manipulative therapy is the expertise of the practitioner. You need to trust that the healthcare professional manipulating your body knows what they’re doing and their interventions are going to help, rather than harm you further.
It’s crucial that you go to a qualified specialist who is going to permanently solve your issue by going to the root cause, not just provide short-term relief. A physiotherapist who is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists is guaranteed to be properly trained and up to date with the latest scientific research.
Importantly there are a few cases where manipulative therapies are not recommended.
These include patients with:
• Some spinal conditions, recent fractures or dislocations
• Those on some blood-thinning drugs.
These are the factors you should discuss with your physiotherapist during the consultation.
If you are unsure if manipulation is right for you call David on 01704 550977