Manual therapy is aimed at improving joint function and enhancing posture and movement. A manual therapist employs specific techniques that target joints. The effects are often immediately noticeable, with increased freedom of movement and reduced pain.
A manual therapist's treatment involves providing instructions, advice, guidance, and insight into healthy movement patterns.
A manual therapist is a physiotherapist who has pursued additional education in manual therapy after completing their initial physiotherapy training. This additional training equips them with advanced knowledge of body movement, particularly focusing on the spine. Due to their specialized training, a manual therapist is adept at assessing the underlying cause of your issues and can propose tailored solutions for each individual.
When to seek a manual therapist? If you experience restricted joint movement or pain, manual therapy can offer relief. The effects are often noticeable immediately after treatment, improving joint function and making movement easier.
Examples of conditions that a manual therapist can address include:
- Head and neck pain associated with limited spinal movement
- Neck and shoulder discomfort radiating to the arms
- Lower back issues, with or without leg discomfort
- Upper back discomfort, potentially with rib and chest pain
- Dizziness related to neck movement
- Jaw discomfort, possibly linked with neck issues
- Hip problems
During the initial appointment and examination, the manual therapist will determine if and how they can address your specific complaint. Hence, after the first appointment, you'll have clarity regarding the further treatment plan.