Is manual therapy dead? Do you still use it? 😵🤔

assessment mat May 21, 2019
 

Is manual therapy dead? Do you still use it? In this video, Andrew breaks down the importance of using a one-on-one, hands on approach.

1. Manual therapy provides a really important start point to set us up for success.

2. Patient expectation is a huge aspect when it comes to delivering healthcare and usually manual therapy fulfils some of that expectations. 

3. Though there are many explanations for how manual therapy techniques might work (breaking up scar tissue, trigger point modulation etc) we can explain most results through the phenomenon of neural modulation. Neural modulation states that we use a new input to the neurological system to effect a new output in the sensory experience. 

4. Manual therapy is important in setting us up for success in terms of providing a window of opportunity by reducing a pain or sensitisation output to then allow us to establish better movement through improving strength, movement control, movement efficiency etc for the people that we work with. 

5. Manual therapy allows us to develop a therapeutic alliance in many ways. The act of human touch helps to build trust as well as treatment time allows us to get to know our patient or client and understand more of the presentation whilst hopefully helping them feel better even in the short term.

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