Manual therapy involves specialized hands-on techniques that target areas of your body that are limited in motion and works to improve your movement and reduce your pain.
Our expert physical therapists at Anatomix Physical Therapy have years of specialized training to provide gentle, specific, hands-on therapies to address muscle and joint injuries. This includes soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and neuromuscular techniques to help you feel better.
At Anatomix Physical Therapy, our physical therapists have extensive training in the manual therapy technique Spinal Manipulation, also known as ‘High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust’ or ‘Spinal Manipulative Therapy’. Spinal Manipulation is a form of manual therapy practiced by several occupations in the medial field.
Spinal manipulation is unique compared with other manual therapy techniques in that the clinician applies a rapid impulse, or thrust, in order to achieve a gapping and subsequent cavitation of the target joint. Joint cavitation is accompanied by an audible release recognized as a ‘popping’, or ‘cracking’, sound.
Spinal manipulation is used by our physical therapists to:
- Facilitate movement
- Relieve pain
- Relieve pressure in the joints
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase circulation
- Relax muscles
- Improve muscle function
Our Physical Therapists at Anatomix Physical Therapy often use spinal manipulation to treat back, neck, shoulder, and headache pain in conjunction with other forms of therapies including soft tissue mobilization and exercises.
Our Physical therapists do not perform ‘adjustments’. We do, however, utilize spinal and extremity manipulation, along with other manual therapy techniques and exercise, in the treatment of neuro-musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction in order to restore mobility within these systems. We do not utilize manipulation to manage, co-manage, or prevent diseases or conditions in the other body systems.