Our doctors will often recommend that you incorporate manual or massage therapy into your treatment plan. At Physical Synergy we have several licensed, experienced massage therapists who are familiar with a wide range of conditions and ailments. We understand that with almost every condition, it is necessary to address the underlying soft tissue. Scar tissue formation and adhesions frequently contribute to and may even cause symptoms such as pain or achiness, numbness or tingling and decreased flexibility.
Manual Therapy is a therapeutic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body with the goal of achieving normalization of those tissues. Manual Therapy can have mechanical, neurological, psychological, and reflexive effects. Manual Therapy can be used to reduce pain or adhesions, promote sedation, mobilize fluids, increase muscular relaxation, and facilitate vasodilation. Manual Therapy easily can be preliminary treatment to joint manipulation; however, it clearly targets the health of soft tissues, while joint manipulation largely targets joint segments.
Soft tissue manipulation serves to normalize tissue texture and function, and consists of a group of manual techniques such as applying fixed or moveable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of the body.
Manual Traction is defined as the act of drawing or pulling, or as the application of a pulling force. Traction affects changes in the spinal column itself, with soft tissues only secondarily changed.
Joint mobilization is the passive movement of a joint to restore motion or relieve pain. Small oscillatory motions that do not stretch the capsular or other soft tissue structures are often used for reducing pain, while larger oscillatory or sustained motions are used to stretch structures and restore accessory or joint play motions.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a series of light-touch techniques which are aimed at moving lymph. The concept is that manual circulation of lymphatic fluid will facilitate removal of bacteria and other foreign materials from the body more quickly. The researchers are not unanimous on the efficacy of this technique, but there is a growing body of evidence which indicates that it is extremely useful in some circumstances.