Manual Therapy

After a thorough history taking and physical examination a physical therapist arrives at a  diagnosis. Only then the PT proceeds to treating the patient. Treatment can be done either using modalities or just carry out with a hands-only treatment approach. This hands-on treatment is referred to as manual therapy. This can take various forms that is briefly described below.

Joint Mobilization

Joint mobilization is a hands-on physical therapy technique used to improve joint function and range of motion. By applying controlled, passive movements to a joint, our therapist help reduce pain, increase mobility, and enhance overall joint health. This technique is especially beneficial for individuals suffering from stiffness due to arthritis, injury, or surgery. At Victor Physical Therapy, we utilize precise joint mobilization methods tailored to your specific needs, ensuring optimal recovery and improved function.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue mobilization involves the manual manipulation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments to alleviate pain and improve tissue flexibility. This technique helps break down scar tissue, reduce muscle tension, and enhance blood flow to the affected areas. Our skilled therapist at Victor Physical Therapy employ various soft tissue mobilization techniques to address chronic pain, sports injuries, and post-surgical recovery, promoting faster healing and increased comfort.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a specialized technique aimed at relieving tension in the connective tissues, known as fascia, that surround muscles. By applying sustained pressure and gentle stretching, our therapist release fascial restrictions, alleviating pain and restoring movement. This technique is particularly effective for conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic headaches, and postural imbalances. At Victor Physical Therapy, we customize myofascial release treatments to target your specific pain points, helping you achieve long-term relief and improved mobility.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy focuses on identifying and releasing tight, painful knots within muscles, known as trigger points. These trigger points can cause referred pain and muscle dysfunction. Our therapist use precise pressure techniques to deactivate these points, providing relief from chronic pain and muscle tightness. Victor Physical Therapy specializes in trigger point therapy to treat conditions like tension headaches, back pain, and repetitive strain injuries, helping you regain muscle health and comfort.

 

Manipulation

Manipulation, often referred to as manual manipulation or high velocity low amplitude thrust-HVLA, is a hands-on technique used by physical therapists to improve joint function and alleviate pain. This technique involves applying controlled, quick, and precise force to a joint, moving it beyond its usual range of motion without exceeding anatomical limits. Manipulation is particularly effective in treating conditions like back pain, neck pain, and joint stiffness that are stuck in a locked position. At Victor Physical Therapy, our trained therapist use manipulation to restore proper alignment, enhance mobility, and reduce discomfort, helping you achieve optimal physical health and function.

Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a form of manual therapy that uses the patient’s own muscle contractions to improve joint mobility and reduce pain. In MET, the therapist guides the patient to contract specific muscles against a distinctly executed counter-force by the therapist, which helps to lengthen and strengthen muscles, improve range of motion, and enhance overall joint function. This technique is particularly beneficial for addressing issues such as muscle tightness, joint stiffness, and postural imbalances. At Victor Physical Therapy, we incorporate Muscle Energy Technique into our personalized treatment plans, empowering you to actively participate in your rehabilitation and achieve lasting results.