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Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is applied one-on-one to address neck, back, and lower back pain. It aims to achieve overall relaxation of the back and elongation of the muscles.

What İs Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy refers to a therapeutic approach where the therapist uses their hands to treat the patient, focusing on soft and hard tissues within the human body, including connective tissues, the musculoskeletal system, and the fascia (the fibrous connective tissue that surrounds muscles). The seasons involves mobilization, which means using movements, and stretching techniques to provide treatment.

Manual therapy encompasses various techniques, including classic deep tissue medical massage and joint manipulation. It is commonly used to address neck, back, and lower back pain. During the  session, the therapist works directly with the patient, promoting relaxation throughout the entire back and elongating the muscles. The therapist addresses individual muscles, facilitating their stretching to promote softening and relaxation of the muscles.

What İs Manual Therapy? How To Do?

Manual therapy is a technique performed by a therapist with a deep understanding of the anatomy of muscles. It involves applying manual pressure along the extension of the muscles. Besides targeting the muscles, it also focuses on relaxing the fascia and mobilizing the vertebrae. Furthermore, it supports circulation by stimulating the body’s lymphatic system, aiding in the drainage of lymph fluids.

During manual therapy, various oils or creams can be used. If certain areas are painful, pain-relieving creams may be applied. Depending on the patient’s preference, pleasant-smelling essential oils or plant-based oils can also be used. Unlike regular massages, medical massage, as a form of manual therapy, specifically targets the connection points of muscles, following the anatomical direction of muscle fibers. This technique helps the muscles regain their former healthy state and restore their functionality. The use of appropriate aromas, oils, and creams in medical massage is determined by the therapist, and it can be applied to almost every patient as needed.

Benefits of Manual Therapy

  1. Helps in the elimination of toxic substances accumulated in the muscles, thereby supporting the immune system.
  2. Increases lymph circulation and improves capillary circulation.
  3. Accelerates the removal of waste materials accumulated in the muscles and aids in faster metabolism for muscle regeneration.
  4. Assists in reducing inflammation in traumatically or chronically affected conditions.
  5. Helps in the relaxation and elongation of muscles and provides flexibility and improved range of motion to connective tissues.
  6. Addresses muscle spasms and knots, allowing muscles to return to their normal structure.

Who Can Receive Manual Therapy? Who Should Avoid It?

Manual therapy is generally safe for most individuals. However, it is not recommended for the following cases:

  1. Individuals with muscle injury problems or existing fractures.
  2. Patients with infectious or dermatological diseases.
  3. Those with parasitic infestations or cancer patients due to metastasis.
  4. Individuals with severe traumatic injuries or allergies to creams, oils, etc., used during the massage.

Manual Therapy for Low Back Pain

Manual therapy can be beneficial for back pain caused by various conditions such as herniated discs, joint dysfunction, spinal stenosis, and degenerated discs. The therapy involves mobilizations, stretching, and manipulations applied by therapists. It plays a significant role in reducing pain and promoting the healthy functioning of the back, and it is recommended as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Manual Therapy for Middle Back Pain

For neck pain, manual therapy focuses on the correct application of techniques in the specific region, considering the anatomy of the ribs, thoracic vertebrae, and scapulae. The therapy targets the muscles responsible for keeping the spine upright, and proper treatment and mobilization play a crucial role in addressing problems in the neck, which can lead to issues in the back and the spine’s curvature.

Treatment for Trigger Points

Trigger points, also known as knots, are localized muscle spasms that occur when muscle fibers become entangled. Manual therapy can effectively address this condition, and patients can achieve successful results through such treatments.

Manual Therapy for Neck Pain

Neck pain has become increasingly common due to technological advancements and desk jobs. Conditions such as neck straightening leading to neck herniation and affected neck vertebrae due to scoliosis can cause neck pain. Manual therapy, including traction mobilization and neck manipulations, has proven to be an effective treatment for modern neck problems. The delicate vascular and nerve structures in the neck require professional manual therapy to provide effective and result-oriented treatment. It offers a non-surgical and reliable approach for patients with incomplete joint mobility, neurological or orthopedic problems, trauma, or postural issues.

Hemen Ara