The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) defines manual therapy techniques as: “Skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction.”
Treatment may include massage and myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation and neural tissue mobilisation.
- Reduced pain
- Improved circulation – More oxygen is delivered to the muscles and waste products are removed.
- Improved lymphatic drainage – Assists in the reduction of swelling and removal of waste products
- Remodeling of scar tissue
- Stimulation of nerves
- Improved joint mobility
- Improved flexibility
- Improved proprioception
- Decreased anxiety and stress
- Increased body-awareness which can help you to identify injuries earlier