Manual Therapy includes many hands on intervention techniques to address joint and soft tissue mobility, joint stability and muscle balancing.
- Joint Mobilization
- Joint mobilization consists of passive movements within or to the limit of a joint’s normal range of motion. Mobilization assists in restoring joint motion, power and range of motion by decreasing pain and stiffness. Effects include increasing synovial fluid, capsular stretch to improve motion, stimulate mechanoreceptors to promote muscle relaxation.
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Soft tissue mobilization is a therapy used to release tension stored in the fascia. Fascia are sheets of fibrous tissue that encase and support muscles separating them into groups and layers. Fascia also covers joints capsules and ligaments. Following trauma, the fascia and muscles may shorten restricting joint movement and blood flow. The techniques used in soft tissue mobilization break up fascial adhesions and relaxes muscle tension helping to normalize physical motion within the joint capsule.