What is manual therapy
Manual therapy is a practice carried out by the physical therapist using hands and specific techniques, both passive and active. Manual therapy aims to decrease the level of pain, improve movement or repair muscle tissue in a specific area of the body.
The Manuthera 242 therapeutic table: Unique in the world
With the innovative Manuthera 242 therapeutic table, even manual therapy becomes a treatment with a high-tech base. The three-dimensional therapeutic table helps ensure more effective, precise and safe manual treatments.
Specifically it is used for:
- Three-dimensional treatment for the cervical, dorsal, and lumbar sections;
- traction, bending (including lateral), rotation;
- Unique treatment of acute low back pain.
Manuthera 242 manual therapy table in three-dimensional position
Manuthera 242 manual therapy table in upright position
Manuthera 242 manual therapy table in horizontal position
What is osteopathy
Osteopathy is a system of specific mobilizations used to treat and prevent disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal, cranio-sacral and visceral systems. This discipline is based on the principle that the parts of the organism are all interconnected. He also argues that our bodies are equipped with necessary mechanisms for self-healing and self-regulation.
Osteopathy for the treatment of:
- Headaches and Migraines;
- Neck pain;
- Lower back pain;
- Joint and muscle pain
MANUAL VERTEBRAL TRACTIONS CERVICAL POMPAGE
What are vertebral tractions
Vertebral tractions consist of the manual application of forces acting on the segments of the musculoskeletal system in the opposite direction. This results in the vertebral bodies separation up to 2 mm, with stretching of the muscular and ligamentous structures and widening of the conjugation foramina. This facilitates joint lubrication and, in some cases, indentation of cervical or lumbar intervertebral protrusions and reduction of related pain.
How the treatment is carried out
Spinal tractions are a therapeutic method often used in physiotherapy to treat various musculoskeletal disorders, including spinal problems. This technique is performed by the physical therapist, who gently applies traction force to the vertebrae, with the goal of decompressing nerve structures and increasing spinal mobility.
The process of vertebral tractions can be conducted in two ways. In some cases, the physical therapist can perform traction for a few seconds, using a quick and precise technique. This method is often used to release stuck vertebrae and can lead to immediate pain relief.
Alternatively, the physical therapist can perform prolonged manual stretching of the affected area, such as the neck. This type of traction, which is of longer duration, can help reduce muscle tension, improve circulation and promote relaxation of the surrounding soft tissues.
Both spinal traction techniques are performed according to the patient’s individual needs, considering factors such as general physical condition, extent of disorder, tolerance to treatment, and therapeutic goals.
Spinal tractions are effective for:
- Removal and separation of vertebral bodies;
- Combined movement and sliding of joints and facet;
- Straightening of spinal curves;
- Decreased spinal segment ligament tension;
- Relaxation of the muscles of the spine;
- Enlargement of the intervertebral foramina;
- Stretching and sliding of facet joints;
- Reduction of intervertebral disc protrusion;
- Reduction of pain in the cervical and/or lumbosacral area.
GLOBAL POSTURAL REEDUCATION – RPG
What is global postural reeducation
The technique of global postural reeducation RPG is um rehabilitation method that aims to intervene on the alterations of the muscles, to search for the cause of the original pain and the resulting imbalances.
RPG uses as its mechanism of action the stretching of the retracted muscle component and the reflex release of the muscle itself that is generated by the central nervous system in response to prolonged stretching over time.
How is RPG practiced
This exercise is carried out using active postures guided by the physical therapist that involve the whole body, taking advantage of low-intensity muscle contractions in which muscle chains are put into progressive lengthening for a prolonged time.
The physical therapist uses manual techniques to stretch muscles and treat joint problems.
Finally, dynamic integration work takes place for the recovery of full postural awareness, in which the correct neuromuscular activation mechanisms are reeducated by recreating an automation of correct postures and the capacity for self-correction.
The goals of RPG treatment are:
- Restoration of muscle physiology;
- Joint decompression and joint freedom of movement;
- Disappearance of pain;
- Correct posture and development of self-correction skills.
NEUROMUSCULAR TAPING – NMT
What is Neuromuscular Taping
Neuromuscular Taping (NMT) is a technique involving the application of an elastic adhesive tape (tape) to the skin, with therapeutic effect.
Proper application can reduce pain and facilitate lymphatic drainage.
The characteristics of Neuromuscular Taping, which differentiate it from other types of taping and wraps, are:
- Use of a tape with special characteristics;
- Application method;
- “Decompressive” and “compressive” taping techniques.
Basic Functions of Neuromuscular Taping
NMT acts on the skin, muscles, venous system, lymphatic system, and joints, and achieves six main goals:
- Relieving pain;
- Normalize muscle tension;
- Remove venous and lymphatic congestion;
- Improving blood vascularity;
- Correct joint alignment;
- Improving posture.
NMT and its applications:
NMT neuromuscular taping in the treatment of orthopedic-sports conditions:
- Muscular: elongations, distractions, fasciitis functional overload;
- Antalsic muscle contractures during lumbago, cervicalgia, etc;
- Tendonitis: insertional tendinitis, peritendinitis, tendinosis;
- Articular: sprain injuries, contusion injuries, bursitis, and many other conditions.