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Manual physical therapy is one course of treatment for physical ailments and issues. It is a hands-on approach meaning the therapist will use their hands to target problem areas and relieve pain. Techniques may include massaging problem areas but will depend on the individual’s needs. It can be used for problems concerning muscles, joints, nerves and facia.
Manual physical therapy should only be carried out by a trained and accredited professional. Inexperienced and unqualified attempts at manual physical therapy can cause further pain, immobility and prolong recovery from current physical conditions. This is because therapy should only be administrated safely using the correct techniques.

What Is Manual Physical Therapy Used for?

As mentioned, this type of therapy is used to treat issues with muscles, joints and nerves. Issues may be caused by a number of factors ranging from old age to sports injuries and motorist accidents. This type of manual therapy is also recommended when pain is causing mental health problem, such as depression and agitation. These are common when continued pain is reducing quality and enjoyment of life.
If you have an inhabilitating physical issue or have been diagnosed with a condition that prevents mobility, there is a strong chance that manual physical therapy can help. Sometimes this type of therapy can completely eradicate physical issues and pain over the course of treatment. In other times the therapy is used to mitigate pain and keeping up with continued treatment is the best way of feeling healthy and pain free. Speak to a therapist to understand the expectations of manual physical therapy for you.

When Is It Recommended?

To know if you are a match for manual physical therapy and can benefit from it, you will have to speak with a qualified physical therapist. They will be able to assess your condition and recommend a course of treatment that best fits your needs. Manual physical therapy differs between clients and a holistic personal approach is most effective.

The Process of Manual Physical Therapy

A course of treatment starts with a consultation so the therapist can understand what type of treatments are needed to help the patient. The course of treatment will be recommended for a certain number of sessions and the full course should be completed for best and longer-lasting results.
During stages of the therapy, the therapist may adapt treatment to the patient’s needs depending on how they respond to the therapy. Most people feel the benefit of manual physical therapy quickly, but it is crucial that you continue with the full course of treatment.

Choose RPI Physical Therapy

RPI Therapy Services offer manual physical therapy in St. Louis and Chicago. Locals can access the best physical therapists who are fully accredited, experienced and knowledgeable with us.
To learn how RPI Physical Therapy can help you overcome pain and immobility, contact our friendly team today and book your consultation.