Manual Therapy

Are You Looking For Safe and Effective Pain Relief?

Do you have pain as a result of an accident, disease, or surgical procedure?

It can be difficult to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs, but manual therapy can help. If you are worried about undergoing manual therapy procedures, let Base Physical Therapy put your mind at ease:

Our Union Square & Brooklyn physical therapists use a variety of tools and treatment techniques to relieve pain while also improving the body’s function.

We receive many first-time physical therapy patients who feel that their appointments would be uncomfortable, unpleasant, or even agonizing because of their injuries. However, this is not the case!

If you experience persistent, nagging pain, manual physical therapy can be helpful. Call Base Physical Therapy at (917) 533-4535 today to get started.

What is manual therapy?

Our physical therapists have received extensive training in specialized manual therapy methods from accredited institutions. This advanced form of therapy assists in the reduction of swelling, reduction of restraint, mobilization of joints, and enhancement of mobility.

Manual therapy is a form of hands-on therapy that is used to assist physical therapists in mobilizing rigid joints and soft tissue. In addition to our manual therapy services, we also provide these services:

  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Myofascial Release
  • Therapeutic Massage Therapy

Is manual therapy painful?

In short, no! Manual therapy is safe, non-invasive, and painless.

Our Union Square & Brooklyn physical therapists are highly trained medical practitioners who appreciate both the body’s weaknesses and its capabilities. Many patients find progress after only one session of manual therapy!

Another fascinating aspect of manual therapy? It does not necessitate the use of any dangerous drugs to work. Instead, our physical therapists use a range of strategies to move the tendons, ligaments, and joints in ways that alleviate discomfort and facilitate healing. They also assist in the removal of scar tissue and the reduction of swelling.

What benefits does manual therapy offer for chronic pain?

This therapy is a vital aspect of a successful physical therapy treatment plan, as it helps to reduce pain and swelling, minimize inflammation, and increase range of motion.

Your physical therapy recovery plan will most likely involve a variety of treatments, each aimed at improving a particular bodily function.

Some exercises may be designed to improve your balance and strength, while others may be designed to increase your range of motion.

Movement problems are common after surgery, particularly if the patient has had a complete joint replacement. Many primary care doctors may also recommend physical therapy therapies for injuries, incidents, or diseases – in short, anything that makes you feel tired and unable to function normally.

Our Union Square & Brooklyn physical therapists are highly trained in diagnosing and treating movement disorders, so rest assured you can find the relief you need at our clinic.

Interested in learning more? Be sure to read our blog to learn how we can help you eliminate chronic pain!

Various manual therapy techniques

There are a variety of manual therapy techniques available to patients. Manual therapy techniques may include, but are not limited to:

Manual traction

During manual traction, the therapist will apply gentle pressure to a specific region of the body to gently stretch the soft tissues and restore regular, natural motion.

This technique can also be used on other parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, and back, but the neck is the most widely used position for manual traction.

Soft Tissue Massage

Physical therapy massage treatments are a bit different from what you would expect at a spa. These are of a more treatment-oriented type, with a medical role.

Our Union Square & Brooklyn physical therapists use massage procedures to break up scar tissue and adhesions caused by inflammation or injury as a way of manipulating the soft tissues.

This is accomplished by the use of deep pressure and rhythmic stretching, which assists them in locating and mobilizing highly restricted areas of the body.

These techniques also assist in increasing blood flow and circulation to the affected muscles and soft tissues.

Joint Mobilization

Sometimes, a joint can become irritated, swollen, or misaligned as a result of injury, stress, poor posture, repetitive movement, or even as a result of age-related wear and tear. When this happens, the joint may not move correctly and become stiff and painful. Nearby structures including muscles, tendons, and ligaments may become tense or injured as a compensatory effect of trying to support or stabilize the injured joint. This can lead to muscle weakness or even impingement and damage to nearby nerves. 

Since joint conditions are often the secret underlying factors causing other types of injuries and ailments such as muscle strains, ligament injury, and bursitis, we strongly advise you to consult with a Union Square & Brooklyn physical therapist if you are experiencing some form of acute or chronic dysfunction.

Your joints could be causing you pain without you even realizing it!

Graston Technique

If you haven’t learned about the Graston technique yet, know that you might benefit from it!

The Graston process is a soft tissue mobilization technique assisted by instruments (IASTM). It is a form of manual therapy in which special ergonomic stainless steel tools are used to gently massage and scrape sections of the skin.

The Graston Technique can be used to treat a variety of disorders, including lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, quadricep pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and headaches.

Have you sustained a soft tissue injury? Have you had a sporting injury or been in a traffic accident that has left you with mobility issues? Do you have wounds that cause you discomfort and limit your movement? If this is the case, you can benefit from the Graston Technique.

Some of the many benefits of the Graston Technique include:

  • Boost in cellular activity for good health
  • Increased rate of volume and blood flow to affected areas to enhance healing
  • Increased mobility and ability to perform daily tasks
  • Reduction in inflammation
  • Reduction in pain, for a better quality of life
  • Breakdown of collagen cross-links