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Hands-on physical therapy can provide effective pain relief from injury or illness, and can even promote healing. At Results Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Fairfax, Virginia, you can receive manual therapy from qualified physical therapists. Physical therapists at Results Physical Therapy hold clinical doctoral degrees and can provide you with the best possible care. They have the expertise needed to perform various forms of manual therapy. If you’re ready to learn more about what physical therapy can do for you, call or book an appointment online today.
Manual therapy is a form of physical therapy that involves direct physical contact. During manual therapy, your physical therapist uses their hands to apply direct pressure to manipulate your joints, muscles, and other soft tissues.
This type of physical therapy helps loosen tense or contracted muscles. It can also increase your range of motion, stimulate blood flow, and improve the function of your muscles and nervous system.
Like most forms of physical therapy, manual therapy can treat a wide range of conditions. Manual therapy is particularly helpful in addressing the following conditions:
Different manual therapy techniques can help achieve different treatment goals. Your physical therapist can explain which forms of physical therapy will offer you the most significant benefits.
At Results Physical Therapy, you will first meet with your physical therapist to discuss your treatment goals. Your physical therapist performs tests to determine what kind of treatment you need. Your physical therapist will discuss your options and build a treatment plan that’s right for you.
If your physical therapist recommends a form of manual therapy, you receive this type of treatment in a comfortable setting. Your physical therapist may have you sit on a chair or lie down on a table. If you need to remove your clothing, they will direct you to a private area to undress. You may receive a sheet or blanket you can use to cover yourself.
During a manual therapy session, your physical therapist checks in with you regularly to make sure you are not experiencing any pain. Manual therapy can sometimes produce surprising or unfamiliar sensations. But this type of treatment is usually not painful or unpleasant. Many patients experience an improvement in their symptoms right away.
As with all forms of physical therapy, it may take some time to reap the full benefits. Your physical therapist might recommend several sessions of manual therapy to improve joint function and strengthen your muscles. It also important to follow up with any at-home exercises or treatments your physical therapist recommends.
To learn more about how manual therapy can help you recover from an injury or treat your chronic condition, call Results Physical Therapy, or book an appointment online.