Manual therapy is a form of physical therapy that utilizes the hands of the therapist to manipulate and mobilize the soft tissues and joints in the body. At Cornerstone Physical Therapy in Spokane, Washington, manual therapy is a commonly used treatment option for individuals suffering from neck conditions such as cervical spondylosis, herniated discs, and neck pain from a sprain or strain.
Cervical spondylosis is a condition that occurs as a result of the natural aging process, where the bones and discs in the neck begin to deteriorate. This can lead to the formation of bone spurs and the narrowing of the spinal canal, resulting in neck pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. Manual therapy techniques such as mobilization and manipulation can be used to reduce pain and improve mobility in the neck.
Herniated discs, also known as a slipped disc, occur when the soft center of a spinal disc bulges out through a tear in the outer layer. This can put pressure on the nerves in the neck, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms and hands. Manual therapy can be used to alleviate pain and improve function by releasing the pressure on the nerves. Techniques such as soft tissue massage and stretching can be used to reduce muscle tension and improve flexibility in the neck.
Neck pain is a common condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, injury, and chronic conditions such as arthritis. Manual therapy can be used to alleviate pain and improve function by reducing muscle tension and inflammation. Techniques such as mobilization and manipulation can be used to improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Soft tissue massage and stretching can also be used to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension.
In addition to manual therapy, other modalities such as mechanical traction, heat or ice may be used to help alleviate pain and inflammation. The therapist may also teach the patient exercises to perform at home to continue the progress made during the physical therapy session. The use of these modalities and exercises will be determined by the therapist after evaluating the patient’s condition and goals.