Manual Therapy Services in Langley


Manual Therapy
Manual Therapy Langley

Manual Therapy

Our manual therapy procedures in Langley location involves the use of our hands to identify and treat regions of your body that are tight or restricted. Our therapist employ a variety of manual hands-on approaches to address issues using procedures that were mastered by our physiotherapists over years of continuing education and practical training.

Foundation of our hands-on approach to efficient physiotherapy treatment is manual therapy. Our Highly skilled manual therapists in Langley can  help enhance your range of motion and minimize your pain real quick. As a result of their therapy, individuals may be able to achieve increased mobility, strength, and therapeutic recovery.

Manual Therapy is an advanced form of physiotherapy that treats the roots of the problem rather than the symptoms. It uses a very gentle, hands-on approach to relieve pain and stiffness in muscles, joints, and connective tissue using manual techniques. It is a treatment based on scientific evidence in which physical therapists use their hands to manually treat and reduce areas of muscle spasm, release tight muscles, and stiff joints, or stimulate nerves. These can help alleviate pain and tension.

Manual Therapy Based Treatment in Langley

Manual Physiotherapy is an increasingly popular pain management approach. It includes both treatment and prevention of injuries and helping with the rehabilitation of chronic pain. Manual therapy has been shown to be successful in various situations and conditions.

This form of physiotherapy treatment targets muscles, ligaments and joints and helps recover from a variety of injuries such as back and knee pain, herniated disc, arthritis, and soft tissue injury, among others and helps restore function.

The techniques are performed by a qualified physiotherapist through myofascial release, mobilizations and, in some situations, manipulations to treat the pain-causing structures.

The therapist in our Langley clinic will also augment the effect of manual therapy through active exercises to help reduce pain and as home management.

Benefits of Manual Therapy

  • To help control pain.
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion by reducing joint stiffness and muscle tension.
  • It can help to improve the healing of injured tissues.
  • Improve the extensibility of tissues.
  • Reduce soft tissue inflammation.
  • It increases blood flow and enhances the ability to move.
  • Posture Correction training.

Conditions commonly treated with Manual Therapy

  • Ankle sprains
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder conditions (Rotator Cuff injury, impingement/bursitis)
  • Headaches
  • Knee conditions 
  • Hip conditions
  • Thoracic pain
  • Elbow pain (Golfer’s elbow, Tennis elbow etc.)
Manual Hands-on Physiotherapy
Manual Hands-on Physiotherapy

Manual Therapy techniques include:

Joint Mobilization and or Manipulation

Joint mobilization can increase circulation, improve joint mobility, and help with pain and range of motion. These are controlled movements applied to a joint with different intensity and amplitude and are thought to target the connective tissues in the surrounding area.

Manual Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue mobilization helps alleviate pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This is done through manual pressure to myofascial structures. Common manual techniques for soft tissue injuries include:

  • Deep tissue massages, remedial massage, and lymphatic drainage help improve blood flow and get rid of toxins.
  • Myofascial release to address restrictions in the Fascia.
  • Muscle Energy techniques.
  • Trigger point release targets the sore spots in the muscle that could refer pain to other parts of the body.
  • Neural mobilization.
  • Visceral Fascial Mobilization encourages normal mobility and tone and reduces any tissue restrictions.

The McKenzie approach- MDT(Manual Diagnosis and Therapy)

The McKenzie approach to treatment is a therapeutic technique that focuses on diagnosing and treating mechanical pain – in the back, neck, and extremities. It was developed by Robin McKenzie, a New Zealand physiotherapist. The McKenzie approach is based on the idea that problems in the spine and pelvis cause mechanical back pain. McKenzie believed this pain could be relieved by identifying and correcting these problems with exercises and manual therapy.

The main focus is on identifying and classifying the condition based on the symptomatic and mechanical response, directional preference, self-treatment and patient education. In addition, the emphasis is on reducing patient dependency with minimal interventions as possible and combining exercise with therapeutic intervention as necessary for pain relief.

This treatment technique is applied to most conditions, including acute or chronic low back pain, herniated discs, sciatic pain, stiff neck, whiplash, knee pain, shoulder pain etc.

At Opal physiotherapy, we utilize McKenzie’s MDT-based approach and treatment. Following assessment, your physiotherapist will offer the appropriate treatment, guidance on home exercises, postural corrections, and modifications to help improve your chronic pain and progress with strength and flexibility exercises training routine. Our physiotherapists can help you reduce pain and return to your normal self in a few sessions.

Frequently asked Questions:

What is Manual Therapy?

Various techniques (i.e. myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, manipulation ) are applied manually through touch and pressure to help resolve pain and dysfunction of soft tissues and joints. It is scientifically proven to be more effective than conventional modality-based physiotherapy methods as it can often help long-standing issues.

What is orthopedic manual therapy?

Orthopedic manual therapy uses hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal problems. It helps address the issues related to the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the skeletal system. Manual therapists often work with patients post injuries, such as sprains, strains, or other issues related to pain and movement.

Providing a hands-on approach utilizing stretches, exercises, manual traction, soft tissue release, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, and mobilization with movements to influence bones and joints.

How does manual therapy work?

The manual therapist will first assess mobility/ joint range of motion, muscle strength, neuromuscular function, and soft tissue flexibility. Then, the treatment is done by applying pressure to the specific muscles or joints being treated and areas around them to improve mobility. The therapist will also provide corrective exercises or lifestyle modifications to improve the treatment efficacy.

What is manual therapy treatment used for?

Manual physiotherapy treatment techniques are used to:

  • Reduce stiffness
  • Alleviate pain
  • Improve range of Motion
  • Increase function

Who can benefit from Manual therapy?

Manual therapy is utilized to treat muscle or joint dysfunction. It is best suited for those who have acute and chronic pain or injuries that have not healed on their own.

What is the difference between Manual therapy and Manipulation?

Manipulation is a part of the manual therapy technique used by physiotherapists or chiropractors. Manipulation is a specific technique that uses thrusting motions with quick movements to push a joint beyond its normal range of movement for manual adjustments of the spine or extremities to provide pain relief.

Does the Therapist at Opal Physio provide manipulation techniques?

We do not use manipulation techniques. However, we use other major manual therapy techniques that include Muscle release, joint and soft tissue mobilization, and corrective exercises to help alleviate pain and improve mobility and flexibility.
Studies have shown that manipulation alone has no superior long-term benefits compared to other treatment methods.

How often will I need manual therapy?

Every person will need different amounts of treatment time. It depends on your day-to-day activities and how your body reacts to therapy procedures.

Does manual therapy treatment alone help with pain and injury?

Often other treatments such as active therapeutic exercise, lifestyle modification(LM), and home exercise programs are utilized and provided for a better approach to treatment which is much more effective than manual therapy alone.

Does every physical therapist utilize manual therapy techniques?

Manual therapy requires hands-on learning and skill. Becoming proficient in manual therapy takes a lot of time and effort to be able to assess problems with joints, muscles, and nerves. In addition, this skill takes time and practice to master, which not every therapist may be able to practice or want to pursue.

To get more information on manual therapy and services in Langley, please contact us by calling 604-532-7887 today. You can also call to schedule an appointment session with our manual therapist in the Langley location.