Manual therapy is a hands-on type of physiotherapy used to assess and treat pain, stiffness, and restrictions in the body. It uses a variety of hands-on techniques to work on different parts of the body. Techniques may include mobilization of joints, soft tissue massage, and manipulation. Manual therapy can be used by both acute and chronic conditions to reduce pain, improve posture, increase joint mobility and decrease disability from disease progression (such as arthritis).
Most patients start experiencing the benefits of manual therapy within the first session. They leave the clinic feeling more relaxed and mobile than when they first arrived.
Justin Shing Physiotherapy: Your #1 Destination for Manual Therapy in Vancouver
At Justin Shing Physiotherapy, we understand that bodily pain and movement restrictions can impact your quality of life. Based in Vancouver, our team specializes in manual therapy, a hands-on approach to physiotherapy that assesses and treats a range of conditions that may be limiting your mobility and wellness.
The Benefits of Manual Therapy
Muscle Strains: Often caused by overuse or sudden, forceful movements, muscle strains can cause discomfort and impair your ability to move. Manual therapy can soothe strained muscles by improving blood flow, reducing inflammation, and speeding up the healing process.
Ligament Sprains: A sprain can lead to pain, inflammation, and a limited range of movement. With hands-on manipulation, manual therapy can realign the ligaments and reduce swelling, significantly improving mobility and reducing pain.
Joint Restrictions: Be it from injury or age-related wear and tear, joint restrictions can hamper your daily activities. Manual therapy at Justin Shing Physiotherapy can improve joint mobility, decreasing stiffness, and increasing overall functionality.
Athletic Performance Issues: Athletes are prone to various injuries due to the high intensity of their physical activity. Manual therapy can help by not only addressing the injury but also enhancing performance by improving flexibility and range of motion.
Low Back Pain and Neck Pain: Poor posture, long hours at the desk, or sudden movements can lead to pain in the lower back or neck. Manual therapy can help in these cases by improving posture and reducing muscular tension, thereby alleviating pain.
Pros and Cons of Manual Therapy
Manual therapy's pros include quick relief from pain, enhanced mobility, improved performance, and a reduction in inflammation. The hands-on approach provides a personalized treatment plan, allowing physiotherapists to address the specific needs of each patient.
However, there may be a few drawbacks. Manual therapy may initially cause slight discomfort due to the pressure applied during treatment. Also, it is crucial to seek treatment from a skilled professional like Justin Shing to avoid potential risks like improper technique and over-manipulation.
The Post-Treatment Experience
Following a session of manual therapy, patients often report feeling lighter and more mobile. While some may experience mild soreness due to the manipulation of tissues and joints, this is a normal response and typically subsides within a day or two.
At Justin Shing Physiotherapy in Vancouver, we are dedicated to helping you move with ease, improve your health, and enhance your quality of life. Our skilled practitioners use the power of manual therapy to treat a range of conditions, helping you reclaim your mobility and freedom from pain. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help. Experience the healing power of hands-on care with Justin Shing Physiotherapy's manual therapy services.