Hope PT LLC
The philosophy behind the practice of Manual Therapy varies from that of more traditional Physical Therapy. As manual therapists, we believe injured tissues often need to be repaired with the direct, hands-on application of healing techniques before general wellness can be restored through targeted exercise.
We strive to listen and understand each patient's current complaints and share a vision for their goals. We design a treatment plan to alleviate the complaints while working toward the patient's stated objectives. Treatment plans designed by general/traditional physical therapists will likely consist predominantly of exercise and the use of electronic machinery. As manual therapists, our treatment plan
will at least initiate with the use of our hands to "fix" the problematic tissues prior to prescribing exercise to maintain the results and optimize function.
Traditional therapists also tend to see patients with more "typical" injuries or those who are rehabilitating after a surgical procedure. In these instances, proven protocols tend to be quite effective at returning the patient to pre-injury abilities and activities. Conversely, manual therapists are more likely to see patients with more complex/rare diagnoses or patients having not benefited from traditional therapy. While we perceive patterns of pain and restriction and develop hands-on approaches to address these problems, the use of strict protocol does not apply.
We are trained to customize each treatment session to the unique needs of the person in our care.
The most common misconception about Manual Therapy is that it is the same as massage therapy. However, you can think of massage therapists as "muscle specialists". There are many benefits to massage therapy especially on a regular basis to prevent tissue injury and relieve stress. However, once an injury has occurred, it is almost never limited to soft tissue alone. In this way manual therapists may be better suited to see people who have been injured because we are trained to treat bone (joints), soft tissue and neural tissue as well as prescribe rehabilitative exercises and advise more mechanically sound ways of performing daily activities.
Manual Therapy is also misunderstood and is still relatively unknown in the medical community. In fact, kudos on finding this website on your own or finding a primary care practitioner progressive enough to refer you here. In our instant society of pills and procedures, more gradual yet permanent treatments such as manual therapy get brushed aside. Make no mistake, we can be just as effective as any pill or procedure without the side effects and risks.