Walnut Creek, CAYou may have heard of different types of physical therapy before, such as sports injury therapy, palliative therapy, or manual therapy. What is manual therapy, and is it right for you?
There are three major forms of manual therapy: manipulation, mobilization, and massage. These three different types of manual therapy are specialized for different therapeutic purposes. Manipulation involves the movement and bending of joints, while mobilization involves more gentle stretching and pressure. Both can be used to promote the healing and flexibility of these areas, as well as giving greater range of motion and reducing pain. Massage is what might be most expected: rubbing and kneading of muscles to help relieve pain. Any combination of these three types of manual therapy can be used for your pain and your unique situation.
Manual therapy is generally used for soft tissue pain and joint pain. Soft tissue is your skin, muscles, and essentially any part of your body that isn't made of bone. Connective tissues, such as those in your joints, are also soft tissue, and as they wear down with age and use, can be the site of pain for many people.
The source of soft tissue pain can sometimes be tricky to diagnose, as injuries won't show up on an x-ray, like a bone fracture might. You may not even see any signs of injury on the outside of your body, and it can be hard to describe the site of pain to your doctor. A physical therapist can work with you to find out the exact source of your pain and come up with a treatment plan that will reduce your pain and promote healing.
So if you've struggled with an injury, degenerative disorder, or other soft tissue troubles, call Peggy Shultz Physical Therapy today, and get the help you deserve to live a pain-free life!