Robert L. White, LMT, CMT
Manual Therapy (MT) is an alternative medicine technique practiced by practitioners with advanced training in manual therapy. The types of practitioners that offer Manual Therapy are Nurses, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, and Massage Therapists. MT focuses on the underlying ligaments and soft tissues in the musculo-skeletal system. MT is a method of evaluation that promotes healing in damaged connective tissue (soft tissue) thereby relieving pain and dysfunction. Manual Therapy includes mobilization movements designed to promote proper movement and function to the musculo-skeletal system. In MT the practitioner focus in on correcting structural imbalances associated with the musculo-skeletal system. Soft tissue pain, if not properly evaluated and treated can have a negative effect on other areas of the body.
The cause of musculo-skeletal pain and stiffness can be due to depletion of suppleness in the affected connective tissue (soft tissue) due to poor posture, repetitive movements, trauma, general wear and tear, or a combination of these items. The resultant damage to the connective tissue can contribute to chronic conditions such as headaches, numbness, tingling, sciatica, joint pains, back pain, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, insomnia, low energy, irritability, and much more. Pain and stiffness originating in the connective tissue (soft tissues) can be successfully treated with a manual therapy approach.
M T tends to be slightly more aggressive than massage therapy, but not as forceful as the chiropractic adjustment, or osteopathic manipulation. A typical MT session lasts from 30 to 60 minutes. In MT the evaluation begins with a history of the complaint, as well as a postural evaluation. Manual Therapy practitioners utilize physical methods to manage musculo-skeletal and soft tissue related pain. The physical methods include hands-on techniques such as acupressure, reflexology, myo-skeletal alignment, orthopedic massage, mobilization, trigger point therapy, heat, cold, exercise and posture training.
MT assists in healing and pain reduction with athletes, dancers, joggers, corporate workers, professionals, health care professionals and many more.
In a manual therapy assessment the practitioner looks at the client’s posture, performs a functional assessment as necessary, evaluates the condition of the soft tissues and then performs the manual therapy treatment. Within the treatment process the client may be requested to put on a hospital gown, undress a particular area of the body that needs attention, or to just simply wear comfortable clothing such as sports attire, yoga pants or sweat suits. It is always important to come to a treatment session in comfortable clothing.
FEES FOR RESTORING NORMAL BIO-MECHANICS THROUGH MANUAL THERAPY
1.0 Hour Session: $145.00
Body Check Evaluation and Treatment $145.00