manual treatments

Manual treatments are an important part of what we do at Get Well. Manual treatments refer to a variety of hands-on treatments that are used to treat chronic pain. Get Well entrusts the help of trained professionals who can help cater a care plan that is individualized for you.

What are Manual Treatments?

The term manual treatments cover a broad variety of work that is undertaken by physiotherapists to treat muscle pain. It can include various kneading techniques as well as the manipulation of muscles and joints. The use of manual movements to treat ailments, which dates back millennia, is effective in many sufferers of chronic pain or pain that is brought on by an injury.

How Do Manual Treatments Work?

Manual treatments use hand-on techniques to relax muscle tissue and fascia systems to improve circulation. In turn, circulation is improved and scar tissue is broken up, which results in a lessening of pain for the individual.

What are Manual Treatments Used to Treat?

Manual treatments can be effective in treating a number of ailments, but here are some of the most common reasons for patients seeking manual treatment therapy: 

  • Scoliosis
  • Arthritis
  • Whiplash
  • TMJ
  • Chronic muscular pain

What Should I Expect at My First Manual Treatment Appointment?

Manual treatments entail hands-on methods such as hand strokes or joint manipulations. Other population types of manual treatments include:

  • Myofascial therapy

This type of therapy targets the body’s fascial systems to promote the mobility of your body’s connective tissues. 

  • Soft tissue technique

This technique involves the use of pressure to relax tight muscles and fascial structures. 

  • Massage

Some manual treatment therapists may use certain massage techniques in an effort to reduce muscular inflammation 

At your manual therapy appointment, your therapist may move your joints in certain directions and at certain speeds to encourage natural movements. Your therapist may involve your help in the treatment by having you move your own body part with resistance to help strengthen your muscles. While manual therapy should not hurt, if you are working through a chronic injury body it may result in minimal discomfort.

Manual Treatments at Get Well

Get Well is pleased to offer manual treatments at our Abbotsford clinic on South Fraser Way. Our specially-trained manual therapists will work with you to determine a treatment plan that fits your particular needs. This plan may or may not include supplementary services such as rehabilitative work or exercises.

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