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Manual therapy

Article written by: GEORGIANA TACHE, MD, Medical rehabilitation doctor

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Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is performed by applying a manual force, determined precisely and specifically at the joints, connective tissues, or skeletal muscles. Manual therapy aims to improve the mobility of restricted areas.

There are three notable forms in manual therapy, namely:

  • Handling - the introduction of a rapid rotational or shearing movement at the joint.
  • Mobilization - a slower process, more controlled at the level of the joint and soft tissues, performed by stretching maneuvers, designed to improve muscle elasticity.
  • Massage - usually used to relax areas where certain muscle contractions occur and to mainly improve the dynamics of interstitial fluids.

Manual therapy can be helpful for the treatment of joints that do not have adequate mobility and a range of motion in certain musculoskeletal conditions. This limitation can cause discomfort, pain, and impaired posture and movement.

When is manual therapy used?

Manual therapy involves restoring the mobility of rigid joints and reducing muscle tension, to return the patient to the most natural movement, without pain. Thus, manual therapy can relieve pain, both for patients with chronic back pain involving joint problems, such as common sacroiliac dysfunction, and acute back pain from soft tissue damage to muscle tension.

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Manual therapy in the treatment of pain

Most often, patients looking for practitioners to perform manual therapy experience pain or discomfort. Some areas of the body, which are commonly treated with various forms of manual therapy, include the back and all components of the spine, shoulders, wrists, legs. , ankles, knees, and hips.

Patients must discuss treatment plans with their doctor in the first place.

Manual therapy for athletes

For athletes, manual therapy can become an integral part of the recovery process. Adding manual therapy techniques to exercise and other training routines can keep the body in optimal health. Manipulation associated with this type of therapy can also improve an athlete's performance time and ability.

Manual therapy is performed in the spine recovery department or the physiotherapy department. Our physiotherapists are licensed and overspecialized in physical therapy and special motor skills, with numerous courses, including:

  • ERGON technical course
  • Kinesio taping 
  • Flossing band
  • Dynamic tape
  • Yumeiho Therapy Course
  • Aquashape Fitness Scandinavia Workshop
  • Calarco Method Kinesio taping course
  • Osteopathy courses
  • Manual Therapy Courses
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You can find here a detailed list of the prices of individual services. But any correct recovery process is based on a mixed plan of therapies and procedures, customized according to the condition, stage of the condition, patient profile, and other objective medical factors. As a result, in order to configure a treatment plan, with the therapies involved and the prices related to the plan, please make an appointment here for an initial consultation.


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