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.