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MANUAL THERAPY

Hands on Therapy Techniques

A “hands-on” approach that separates Athletic Advantage from other clinics. Here we focus on manual therapy techniques to improve your mobility to promote relaxation, decrease pain, improve flexibility, strengthen tissue, and improve movement patterns. Manual therapy techniques may include:

Muscle Energy

Muscle Energy Technique, or MET, is an osteopathic procedure developed and used by the osteopathic physician as a remedy for musculoskeletal conditions. The MET procedure is a manual therapy technique that isolates and engages weak muscular links to reposition the bony segment that is responsible for muscular spasm, inflammation, pain and weakness.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release is the therapeutic treatment of the non-elastic tissue that three-dimensionally surrounds and integrates all tissues of the body. The myofascial tissue commonly thickens and becomes restricted from injury, inflammation or disease. The myofascial tissue for example, is similar to the jell-o in a jell-o salad. The jell-o represents the myofascial tissue and all the other ingredients resemble various bodily components such as organs, muscle, tendon, blood vessels and nerve structures. The facial system can exert approximately 2000 pounds per square inch of compressive force on pain sensitive soft tissue structures. Myofascial Release is an effective hands-on approach to treat the myofascial system to release these soft tissue adhesions, to eliminate pain and restore motion, circulation and tissue elasticity.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

A manual technique performed to break up any adhesions that are causing restrictions in the body. These adhesions can consist of fibrous tissue (scar tissue), inelastic tissue, tissue fluids or any other tissue that is misaligned.

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

IASTM is a simple, yet effective, manual therapy technique that is not aggressive that compliments the hands on techniques. This targets another layer of soft tissue assessment and treatment by using a simple tool.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

PNF is a form of manual therapy that uses the body’s proprioceptive system to inhibit or facilitate a muscle with a goal to improve mobility and flexibility.

Links

American Academy of Manual Orthopaedic Physical Therapists – this is a website that clients can use to find manual therapists in their region or home. AAOMPT.org