What Is Manual Therapy?

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is a specialty within the realm of Physical Therapy. It requires advanced training and testing to be able to focus on the intricate neurophysiologic mechanisms of soft tissues, neural structures, visceral systems and joints. This necessitates a deep knowledge of the human body. Dr. Labus is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, a distinction held by less than 10% of Physical Therapists in the country.

Three Pillars of Treatment

At Maverick Manual Therapy & Performance, our approach involves a thorough evaluation and treatment of three main areas:

  1. Your mobility
  2. Your stability
  3. Your strength

By assessing these areas of focus we can accurately diagnose the problem and move toward treatment. A lack of mobility and motor control generally results in repetitive motion injuries and joint pain syndromes. We work to remove those mechanical restrictions that affect your ability to use your body correctly.

What To Expect

Dr. Labus takes a full-body approach to restore your body’s optimal state of function. He’ll take you through a series of movements, looking for how your muscles and joints move, where they are under-performing, and where they are over-compensating. He’ll assess your range of motion, your ability to control the motion (stability) which involves the strength of your soft tissues during the motion. And he’ll talk with you about past injuries, surgeries, and common pain areas.

Treatment Techniques

Soft Tissue Mobilization

This involves the muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves that get injured from overuse and trauma. The goal is to break up inelastic or fibrous muscle tissue, move tissue fluids, and relax muscle tension.

Joint Mobilization

Joints can get compressed, sprained, misaligned and become fixated, resulting in decreased range of motion. Mobilization involves rhythmic movement that separates the joint surfaces and restores proper gliding function.

Stretch and Exercise

Once the joints and soft tissues are treated, we focus on mobility, stability, and strengthening exercises to reprogram muscle memory and movement patterns.

From Rehabilitation to Prehabilitation

It’s unfortunate that we see a lot of people who are at the end of their rope with chronic pain, complex medical histories, and old injuries. We help a lot of people who have not gotten better with traditional medical protocols. Our goal is to help people at the beginning of their pain journey—those who want to improve their overall well-being and prevent future injuries!

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