Spine Joint Manual Therapy

Spine and Joint Manual Therapy

Spine and joint manual therapy is a physical therapy practice that a physical therapist performs with their hands, as opposed to using any tools. The practitioner will apply pressure to the muscle tissue and manipulate the joints to relieve tension. Various injuries and conditions can cause inflammation and stiffness in joints, causing localized pain and discomfort. Spine and joint manual therapy can improve a patient’s range of motion and improve overall functionality. 

Joints in the body make basic movements possible. Each joint is coated in a fluid that reduces friction between the bones. Over time, this fluid dries out with the natural aging process, resulting in bone-on-bone friction that causes aches and pains. 

If you are experiencing joint stiffness as a result of a degenerative spine condition, spine and joint manual therapy is a great option. BEST Health System’s highly-skilled medical practitioners are experienced in guiding patients on the most effective path to recovery. 

When is Spine and Joint Manual Therapy an Option

Spine and joint manual therapy is a great option for individuals experiencing inflammation or stiffness throughout the body. There are numerous conditions that could benefit from manual massage therapy. Some of these conditions include:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Degenerative spine
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Facet syndrome

Additionally, spine and joint manual therapy may be recommended to patients experiencing conditions such as bursitis and various soft tissue injuries. 

To get a correct diagnosis, individuals experiencing pain in the neck or back region can reach out to BEST Health System and connect with a doctor to see if manual therapy is the best treatment option for them.

Spine and Joint Manual Therapy Sessions

During a session of manual therapy, a physical therapist will begin with a full evaluation of the patient’s range of motion, locate the pain, and test posture. This information will allow the practitioner to develop a specific treatment strategy for the patient. 

The exact treatment plan will vary depending on the patient, but some techniques BEST Health System’s practitioners utilize may include:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Friction massage
  • Friction massage
  • Passive stretches

Spine and joint therapy are usually combined with therapeutic exercise, posture training, and other techniques to create a comprehensive physical therapy program designed to strengthen the body and restore function. 

The Cost of Spine and Joint Manual Therapy

Like other forms of physical therapy, spine and joint manual therapy costs can vary depending on the number of sessions, other treatments being performed, and insurance coverage. BEST Health System accepts patients with Medicare, most private health insurances, most private health insurances, and workers’ compensation or personal injury cases. If you are experiencing spine or neck pain, connect with our skilled medical practitioners at BEST Health System to start your journey to recovery. 

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