Hands-on treatment involves addressing the root cause of pain using manual contact with the patient. This is also why it is referred to as ‘manual therapy.’ For manual therapy to be effective, one needs to establish a comfortable contact between the therapist’s hands and the patient’s body to relax and ease the tissue mechanically. Manual therapy includes but is not limited to massages, spinal manipulation, myofascial release and dry needling. All are designed to decrease pain, improve your range of motion and ultimately help you get back to the activities that you love to do.
With manual therapy, it is easier to promote relaxation of tight muscles and increases blood flow to the contact area and can optimize the healing process of your injured tissues. So what are the advantages of manual therapy compared to other forms of therapy, and how can it help with your neck pain? Here are 4 practical and effective ways in which manual therapy can work wonders for you: