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:
1. Immediate pain relief:
The primary reason why people opt for therapy in the first place is pain, simple as that. Manual therapy is proven to bring about almost immediate pain relief compared to other forms of therapy.
Exercise is a big part of what we do in physical therapy, and it is very important to strengthen weaker muscles to help you ultimately get back to the activities you enjoy. However, doing exercises can take longer to achieve the pain relief you desire. Plus, it is not easy to do exercises when you are in pain, is it? On the other hand, manual therapy takes comparatively fewer sessions with almost immediate and long-lasting results.
Pain in the neck and other sensitive areas of the body is best addressed using manual therapy. It paves the way for the betterment of your entire body as a whole.
2. Easy on your wallet:
Addressing pain relief and mental stress in the right manner takes up time and effort in addition to monetary investment. And there’s always the risk of the treatment being costly yet ineffective for your condition.Manual therapy has been proven to be more effective and also inexpensive as compared to general practitioner care, injections, or surgeries. Especially in the case of neck pain, your best bet is to opt for manual therapy first before trying other forms of treatments.That’s another feather on the cap right there!
3. Relieves mental stress:
Having chronic neck pain can take a toll on you emotionally, manifesting depression, stress, anxiety, and other forms of mental conditions. These conditions can further tense up your neck muscles, causing a bad vicious cycle.
The evidence of therapeutic effect of touch in the medical literature is overwhelming. For example, with caring touch, the human hands in this process can relieve the stress and tension built up in different parts of your body to promote relaxation and calm your nerves. This, in turn, ensures that your system releases happy hormones and mood-boosters like dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins while suppressing the production of stress hormone, cortisol. That’s why physicians who put their skilled hands at their patients often yield better outcomes and greater patient satisfaction.
Manual therapy applies this principle at its finest when it comes to treatment of neck pain. A clinician with skilled hands can detect the specific tissues or joints that needed to be addressed to relieve your symptoms, promote healing, and therefore decrease pain effectively.
Summing it up:
Manual therapy is one of the most effective, practical, yet inexpensive treatment options to consider for pain relief. It has also been shown to address both of your physical and emotional symptoms, therefore treating your pain holistically. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re dealing with your pain issues that just don’t seem to go away, reach out to us and we’ll ensure that your discomfort is taken care of.
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Dr. Jack Pan, PT, DPT, MTC
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