Should Manual Therapy be Added to My Treatment Plan?

What is Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy is a physical treatment used as a treatment to manage pain and combat disability. Used by occupational therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, athletic trainers, and physicians, manual therapy can be a useful tool when establishing a patient-centered, individualized care plan. 

The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice recommends identifying a patient’s goals during the initial examination by the physical or manual therapist in order to increase the likelihood of successful rehabilitative outcomes.

The 3 M’ of Manual Therapy

 

Massage

Pressure is applied to the soft tissues of the body in this treatment.

The aim of applying this pressure is to increase blood circulation, relax muscles, and relieve muscle pain. 

Including this type of manual treatment can often facilitate faster healing after an injury.

For people looking to naturally manage their chronic pain, massage therapy can improve their quality of life by impacting mood as well as managing pain and other benefits. When you live with chronic pain, having a toolbox of strategies you turn to for pain relief is important.

Massage can be a powerful tool for relaxing both mind and body.

 

Manipulation

A little more involved than a soft tissue massage, manipulation includes force and measured movements to align or realign bones and joints.

This type of treatment is employed by chiropractors to help relieve joint pain and improve joint flexibility.

At its most effective, manipulation can be used to restore normal, pain-free movement. 

Specifically, spinal manipulation is generally a safe treatment for low-back pain when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner.

A common side effect may be some discomfort in the manipulated area, but that feeling will dissipate within a day or two. 

 

Mobilization

Manual therapy can include joint mobilization.

Joint mobilization carefully forces a joint to move in a specific direction for realignment.

Unlike stretching of a muscle, joint mobilization works with the joint itself and not the surrounding muscle.

Joint mobilization can improve range of motion and normalize joint function.

Most importantly, joint mobilization aids in controlling pain.

Mobilization for a patient usually begins in a comfortable, relaxed position which allows the joint to move freely.

The professional administering the manual therapy will use his or her hands to localize the joint and will apply needed force in the appropriate direction. 

 

How Does the Medical Industry View Manual Therapy? 

During the past 10 years, manual therapy has gained in popularity.

Not only have research studies have been conducted, but also there has been an increase in the number of manual therapy fellowship programs and an increase in the number of academic programs available.

Some of these studies have confirmed the positive benefit of manual therapy in the management of neck pain, low back pain, and chronic headaches. 

 

Can the Injury Care Center Offer Manual Therapy as a Treatment for My Pain? 

During your consultation with one of our professionals, the individualized care plan will be developed.

We have experts with special skills in a variety of manual therapy fields and would be more than willing to help you decide which type of manual therapy is best suited for your injury or pain. 

Key Services

Our medical doctors will serve as the primary care provider for your injury. They will evaluate your injury and order appropriate diagnostic tests as well as prescribe any treatments aimed at assisting in your recovery.

We offer a fully equipped pain management suite with fluoroscopic guidance allowing for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of your pain condition. This also allows for alternative treatments beyond just taking more medications.

Our team of highly trained orthopedic therapy specialists excel at helping you feel and perform at your best while understanding the demands that daily life can place on your body. We treat all injuries from your head to toe.

Chiropractic Care.

Everyone should have access to chiropractic care. We make it convenient and effective by using an integrated healthcare approach for our services. Our chiropractors are specialists in spine and extremity care and will assist in gently helping you recover.

Following injury your body reacts to pain by tensing-up causing spasms and more pain. After examination, our staff will recommend the proper manual therapy techniques to assist in your healing and recovery while reducing pain and spasms.

Medical Equipment (DME).

Some injuries require special medical devices such as braces, splints, walkers, canes or devices to help you recover while at home. Our facilities are equipped to handle those needs in-house thereby eliminating the need to search for help on your own.

Occupational Health.

Our specialists understand the work environment in great detail. At ICC, we grasp the toll your body and joints undergo when performing specific work duties, whether floating concrete or driving a truck, we can make appropriate recommendations that will keep recovery from injury paramount.

DOT Testing.

Staff at select locations are certified by the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME), to provide DOT testing based on all Federal Guidelines and are aware of the importance of this service in performing your job requirements.

Specialist Referral.

At ICC, we only utilize the best specialists in their field so call us first should you need an orthopedic, neurologist, surgeon, pain management doctor or hand specialist. We only use the same doctors who treat our own family members.

Diagnostic Testing.

At ICC, we have access and speed passes should you require an MRI, CT scan, X-ray, EMG, Epidural injection, joint injection or trigger point injection. Understanding and documenting the extent of your injury is paramount to us.

Courtesy Transportation.

We understand that if your car is totaled in an accident that your pain does not wait for care. We will assist in arranging transportation to ensure you receive the care you deserve.

We’ve recognized that there are many providers of care but not many providers WHO CARE!

That is why we wake up every day to serve those in the local community who deserve the best care following work injury, car accident, which results in Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Concussion, Headaches, etc.

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