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Break Through Manual Therapy

What is Break Through Manual Therapy? It is a hands-on treatment approach utilized by the physical therapists at SportsCare Physical and Aquatic Therapy to treat soft tissue injuries and joint structure limitations. The purpose of Break Through Manual Therapy is to modulate pain, improve range of motion, increase relaxation, decrease tissue inflammation, improve tissue elasticity and stability, and improve motion and function so each patient can enjoy the life they deserve.

Why choose Break Through Manual Therapy? Research and clinical evidence shows that when patients are treated with manual-based techniques, their pain and movement improves more quickly. This means that patients can return to their “normal lives” more quickly. If you have any further questions regarding whether you should choose to have manual therapy, (Click here if you’re interested in learning more about Break Through Manual Therapy and the techniques used)

Featured Techniques Used with Break Through Manual Therapy

Myofascial Release
Myofascial release is used to treat myofascial pain syndrome (muscle pain). Myofascial pain is a chronic condition that affects the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscle).

Myofascial release approach is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction, resulting pain and restriction of motion. It is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. (Click here if you are interested in learning more about Myofascial Release)

Strain-counterstrain
Strain-counterstrain technique is a method for reducing chronic and/or acute muscle spasm anywhere in the body. The big advantage of this technique is its extreme gentleness to the patient. The patient often wonders how this technique can work when the therapist does not seem to be “doing anything”. (Click here if you’re interested in learning more about Strain Counter strain)

Therapeutic Massage
Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability and promote relaxation and well-being. (Click here if you are interested in learning more about Therapeutic Massage)

Muscle Energy Techniques (METs)
METs are a broad classification of manual therapy techniques directed at improving musculoskeletal function, and decreasing pain attributed to decreased range of motion. Clinically, muscle energy techniques are used to treat somatic dysfunctions (which are decreased range of motion, muscular hyper tonicity, and pain). (Click here if you are interested in learning more about Muscle Energy Techniques-MET’s)

Contract Relax Techniques
This technique is performed when the patient’s involved target area (muscles) is discovered. The physical therapist positions the patient to activate the targeted muscles. The patient is asked by the therapist to actively contract their targeted muscles from this precisely controlled position and against a distinctly executed counterforce applied by the therapist. The magic happens when the patient’s contraction and therapist’s counter force is released. (Click here if you are interested in learning more about Contract Relax Techniques )

Active Release Technique (ART)
When performing ART, the physical therapist uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. (Click here if you are interested in learning more about Active Release Technique-ART)

Spinal Mobilization
Spinal mobilization has been described as a gentle, often oscillatory, passive movement applied to a spinal region or segment to gently increase the passive range of motion of that segment or region. (Click here if you are interested in learning more about Spinal Mobilization)

Joint Mobilization
Joint mobilization is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a ‘target’ synovial joint for example the knee, shoulder. The aim is to achieve a therapeutic effect such as increasing range of motion and decreasing pain. (Click here if you are interested in learning more about Joint Mobilization)

Positional Release
Positional release is a simple and gentle approach for decreasing pain and allowing tissues to heal. The injured body part is placed into a specific comfortable position allowing the irritated tissue which was causing pain and dysfunction a chance to heal. (Click here if you are interested in learning more about Positional Release)

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