Manual Therapy — hands-on therapeutic procedures, influenced by the Institute of Physical Art (IPA), to increase soft tissue or joint mobility. Mobilization can increase mobility, delay progressive stiffness, and relieve pain.
Spinal Manipulation and Mobilization
Soft Tissue Mobilization — therapeutic massage of body tissue performed with the hands. Soft tissue mobilization may be used for muscle relaxation, to decrease swelling, to decrease scar tissue adhesions, and for pain relief.
Neuromuscular Re-education — a system of exercise or manually resisted exercises performed in diagonal patterns that mimic functional movements. PNF was initially used in developmentally and neurologically impaired patients but now is used in almost every aspect of neuromuscular retraining from athletes in sports facilities to the very weak in hospitals and nursing homes.
Postural Training — instruction in the correct biomechanical alignment of the body to reduce undue strain on muscles, joints, ligaments, discs, and other soft tissues. Therapists educate patients about the importance of improving posture with daily activities. Stretching and strengthening exercises may be prescribed to facilitate postural improvement and to prevent further disability and future recurrences of problems
Home Exercise Program — each individual will be prescribed a home program that will be easy to use and continue at home. Using this program and its progression is key to a successful outcome. The amount of exercise will be determined by you and your therapist, taking into account your time schedule, and the intensity and frequency needed to produce the desired outcome.