Somewhere, somehow, somebody confused massage therapy and manual physical therapy techniques.
It is understandable that these two techniques have been confused over the years because at first glance they look very similar. However, there are vast differences between the two. Often people will go to a massage therapist to soothe and relax their muscles. This is performed with the use of rhythmically applied pressure to the skin and is used to reduce tension, anxiety, stress, and promote overall circulation and relaxation. There is typically no proper assessment prior to the session and it is performed in a generalized manner. However, when it comes to hands on care there is no one size fits all.
This is what separates massage therapy and manual therapy. Manual therapy consists of a variety of techniques based on formal assessment performed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy. With proper assessment, the Doctor of Physical Therapy can utilize specific manual therapy techniques tailored to the current needs of the patient. These techniques are used to enhance the healing process, correct postural faults, decrease myofascial restrictions to improve muscle length, facilitate movement to improve function, increase flexibility, and reduce swelling and pain.
Both massage therapy and manual therapy can be utilized as part of a person’s treatment plan to promote their overall health. The key is to know when you will benefit from one versus the other. Below is a non-exclusive list of conditions Manual Therapy can be helpful for.
With all these different joints and conditions, it is amazing manual therapy can do so much. This is because manual therapy is an umbrella term for many different techniques which can be used either stand alone or in combination. Below is a list of some different types of manual therapy techniques that we offer at TORQ PT. If you would like to learn more about any of the follow, please schedule a FREE phone consultation with any questions or concerns!
TORQ PT has many options when it comes to helping our patients get back to the things they love without the use of pain meds, injections, or surgery!
Schedule a FREE discovery visit with a Doctor of Physical Therapy today to see if manual therapy is an appropriate treatment option for you today!