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Manual therapy

Manual therapy is a hands on technique used to improve joint range of motion following injury. It can include but is not limited to manipulation and mobilisation of a joint such as the ankle. This form of therapy can prove very beneficial in the treatment of numerous podiatry conditions.

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy is a form of physical therapy which can improve the overall condition of a muscle following injury or as a result of a podiatry related condition. The treatment itself is administered using the practitioner's hands to reduce any muscle spasms and tension.

The different types of manual therapy include;

  • Massage and soft tissue mobilisation
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Joint manipulations
The treatment involves the application of pressure over the affected muscle and the mobilisation of the joint using gentle movements.

What podiatry related conditions can manual therapy help with?

Indications to receive treatment using manual therapy;

  • Limited movement within the foot and ankle
  • Problem following injury in the foot or ankle
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis

How does manual therapy work?

Manual therapy works by mobilising the soft tissues within an area affected by trauma. When an injury occurs, hard nodules known as myofascial adhesions or scar tissue develop along the length of the muscle fibre causing pain and stiffness. During treatment manual manipulation removes inflammation and breaks up this scar tissue causing the muscles to relax.

Manual therapy also works to help stiff joints become more mobile by moving these joints into their stiff range, encouraging greater movement

What are the benefits of manual therapy?
Manual therapy is beneficial in a number of ways, they include;

  • It is a gentle and painless method of treatment
  • It can provide instant, lasting relief from pain
  • Increases the range of movement at the joint
  • Appropriate manual therapy techniques can accelerate recovery

Similar treatments/services that could help?

Other similar treatments are available, they include the following;

  • Orthotic intervention
  • Stretching and strengthening exercise programs
  • Acupressure
  • Ultrasound therapy
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