The Benefits of Manual Therapy for Treating Musculoskeletal Conditions

Musculoskeletal conditions can be debilitating and at times it can feel as though there is nothing that will make them better outside of painkillers.

However, there is something else that can help.

Manual therapy has been used by physiotherapists around the world for decades to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Patients often derive enormous benefits from evidence-based manual therapy, which aims to relieve pain and improve joint movement and flexibility.

What exactly is a musculoskeletal condition?

If you are not entirely sure what a musculoskeletal condition is, let us explain.

Musculoskeletal conditions are a broad umbrella of conditions which affect bones, muscles and joints and cause pain and immobility.

This could include chronic long-term conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, back problems and osteoporosis or osteopenia.

Back, neck, joint, spinal and shoulder pain all come under the banner of musculoskeletal conditions.

Statistics show that an estimated 3 in 10 Australians suffer from chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Back problems and arthritis were the most common conditions reported and women and older people were the most affected groups.

What is manual therapy and how can it treat musculoskeletal conditions?

Manual therapy is a key tool in the treatment and management of the neuromusculoskeletal system.

It involves a range of hands-on techniques, which could include things like manipulations, mobilisations of joints, muscle energy techniques, soft tissue releases and distractions.

The hands-on techniques that are used will be based on your individual condition and are performed by a physiotherapist with experience and training in manual therapy.

Some of the manual therapy treatments can be uncomfortable at the time, but are safe and aim to provide longer-term relief.

What are the benefits of manual therapy in managing the neuromusculoskeletal system?

Manual therapy has shown to be effective for a range of musculoskeletal conditions in a range of ways.

Manual therapy can be effective in:

  • Helping to minimise pain, including through the use of massage and soft-tissue work which can help to relax muscles, increase circulation and break up scar tissue.
  • Increasing the mobility of joints, including stiff joints, and improving their range of motion through a series of hands-on techniques and mobility exercises.
  • Reducing swelling and inflammation.
  • Minimising dysfunction of the body as a whole.

In most cases, manual therapy should be combined with exercise therapy, which your physiotherapist can also explain and set you up for.

Studies have shown that using a combination of these two interventions yield improved outcomes compared to either intervention being used alone.

When can I have manual therapy for a musculoskeletal condition?

Manual therapy can be used as a treatment for musculoskeletal conditions at any time, including as part of a prehabilitation program before surgery or as part of rehabilitation regime post-surgery.

It is an adaptable and personalised treatment option, with a patient’s condition and pain tolerance taken into account.

Manual therapy physiotherapists in Adelaide

If you are interested in manual therapy for treating a musculoskeletal condition, contact us today at Perfect Motion Physiotherapy.

Our skilled practitioners can use their hands to treat you and you could benefit through lowered pain levels, increased joint mobility, reduced swelling and inflammation and improved overall quality of life.

To book a consultation at one of our three convenient locations in Adelaide, call us today on 08 8337 7821.

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