Manual Therapy Specialist

Premier Spine and Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine and Pain Management Specialists located in Hagerstown, MD

If you regularly experience pain as a result of muscle spasms, muscle tension, or joint dysfunction, manual therapy is worth considering. At Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, Emily Priestas, DPT, regularly uses manual therapy to encourage healing and promote well-being. To learn more about the benefits of manual therapy, request an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.

Manual Therapy Q & A

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy is a type of physical therapy that involves your provider using their hands, instead of a device or machine, to manipulate your joints, massage tight muscles, and in turn, promote healthy circulation. Manual therapy is effective at relieving pain and inflammation caused by common musculoskeletal problems such as lower back pain, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

The expert providers at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine have undergone years of specialty training in manual therapy. This knowledge and expertise ensures each patient receives safe, effective care that meets their individual needs. 

How does manual therapy work?

Manual therapy uses two specific types of movement to relax tense muscles and restricted joints. Depending on your individual symptoms and goals for treatment, the team might recommend:

Soft tissue work

Soft tissue work involves gently massaging and/or applying pressure to painful parts of the body. This pressure helps relax your muscles, break up scar tissue, and increase circulation. Combined, these factors ease pain and promote healing. 

Mobilization and manipulation

Mobilization and manipulation involve using careful, measured movements of varying speed and force, to push, pull, or twist bones or joints into alignment. Mobilization and manipulation exercises can reduce pain and promote flexibility. 

Am I a good candidate for manual therapy?

Only an experienced physical therapist can determine if you’re a good candidate for manual therapy. 

During your initial consultation, your provider conducts a full assessment of your musculoskeletal system, including your muscles and bones. They also review your medical history and ask you about your symptoms and goals for treatment. 

That said, if you regularly experience musculoskeletal pain and conservative measures of care such as ice, rest, and over-the-counter painkillers haven’t eased your symptoms, you’re likely a candidate for manual therapy.

What happens during manual therapy?

No two manual therapy treatment plans are exactly alike. Depending on your symptoms and goals for treatment, your provider might recommend:

  • Massage
  • Strain-counterstrain
  • Joint mobilization
  • Muscle energy techniques (METs)

You might also benefit from high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusting.

Each of these exercise techniques works to encourage joint and muscle movement in their own way. However, because they’re applied manually, there’s a much lower risk of pain, discomfort, and other side effects.

To encourage better results, they might also recommend lifestyle changes. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep can help ease inflammation throughout the body.

Don’t let chronic pain or a sports-related injury keep you from an active lifestyle. Request a manual therapy consultation at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.