At The Strength Center, we take pride in knowing that we make the time and have the expertise to offer manual therapy as the cornerstone of our treatment philosophy.
Mark Ware and Angela Cason are manual therapists and graduates of the prestigious University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida. With over 30 years of clinical experience in manual therapy, they offer the best manual therapy experience to help you reach your goals, reduce pain, and restore movement and function.
Is Myofascial Release Manual Therapy?
Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy, which is delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, therapists use their hands to apply pressure to muscle tissue and facilitate joint movement. This decreases pain caused by muscle spasm, tissue tension, and joint dysfunction.
What are the benefits of Manual Therapy?
- Muscle Relaxation
- Facilitate Joint Movement
- Decreased Pain
- Increased Flexibility
- Increase Circulation and Facilitate Healing
- Improve Muscle Activation and Timing
- Improve the mobility and function of soft tissue and muscle
What conditions can be treated with Manual Therapy?
Manual physical therapists treat acute and chronic conditions including head, neck, back, arm and leg pain, among many other musculoskeletal disorders. When soft-tissue and joint restrictions are present, which result in exercises or movements being painful or even making the condition worse, manual therapy will be of benefit. In these instances, a physical therapist can provide hands-on techniques to improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore normal function of the soft tissues and joints. Along with the manual therapy, the therapist will prescribe and implement the most effective individualized exercise and movement re-education program.
Do I need Manual Physical Therapy?
Manual therapy services are recommended if you have muscle, joint, or soft tissue conditions that affect movement, strength, posture, or cause pain. This not only includes common disorders associated with trauma, post-operative recovery, poor posture, overuse, athletic injuries, and arthritis/degenerative changes. Studies have concluded that the combination of skilled manual therapy, exercise, and education is the optimal approach to conservative (non-surgical) and post-operative care of movement disorders.
Manual therapy techniques include but are not limited to:
- Myofascial Release
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Joint Glides/Segmental Mobilization
- Neural Glides
- Myokinesthetics (combination of myofascial and neurological techniques)