Manipulative Therapy involves working with the bones, muscles and connective tissue. Manipulative Therapists use their hands to diagnose and treat abnormalities of their structure and function.
Aims of Manipulative Therapy:
- to relieve pain. Painful conditions from back pain, neck pain, joint pain, arthritic pain, sciatica to headaches are all commonly treated successfully with Manipulative Therapy.
- to reduce muscle spasm and improve mobility.
- to restore a healthy structure which is essential to avoid chronic conditions developing and to keep in peak condition.
- to reduce inflammation and slow down degeneration. Treatment boosts circulation that tends to slow down with time
- to restore health. People suffering from conditions such as asthma and other respiratory problems, M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, abdominal pain and other problems have benefited from Manipulative Therapy treatment
- to assist with the health problems of all ages and occupations, from babies to grandparents.
Manipulative Therapists understand about muscles - often the most ignored part of the body andrealise that mental, physical and emotional stresses often contribute to injuries by affecting the muscles. They use a variety of 'Manipulative Therapy' techniques some may cause clicking sounds, others are more like stretching and specially applied movements, e.g. MET, Positional Release, High Velocity Thrust etc.
Therapists with a qualification in Orthopaedic Massage and Manipulation have built on the knowledge and skills acquired when training as an Advanced Remedial Massage therapist. They have incorporated the art of manipulation in to their practices, in addition to advancing their practice in non-manipulative techniques.
THERAPISTS WITH THIS QUALIFICATION HAVE BEEN TRAINED IN THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES:
- Treatment of complex and difficult cases
- Manipulation of the spine, sacrum and pelvis
- Manipulation of the upper and lower limbs
- In depth neurological examination and treatment for nerve dysfunction
- Neurodynamic testing and treatment
- McKenzie technique for the cervical and lumbar spine
- Assessment of type and location of protruding and herniated discs together with exercises and treatment
- Interpretation of MRI reports
- Biomechanics including dysfunction of muscle firing sequence with causes and treatment
- Physiology of common medications
- Advanced massage techniques for the individual deep muscles of the spine
- Biomechanics of the upper and lower limb, and
- Gait analysis