Why Is Manual Physical Therapy Different?

Manual Physical Therapy

Traditional Physical Therapy

  • 100% Manual Therapy treatments - most effective treatment for chronic pain
  • Treats any pain: acute, post surgical, and chronic
  • US, ES, Bike, Treadmill, TNS, Traction. Strengthening exercises, Manual Therapy
  • 1 hour treatment, one on one, seen privately in a room
  • Sees 2-3 patients at a time, in a gym-like setting
  • PT sees a maximum of 6 patients/day
  • PT sees 15-20 patients/day
  • Goal: achieve symmetry by correcting compensations that resulted from living in pain
  • Goal: relieve pain thru strengthening even tight muscles, resulting in more dysfunction and increased pain
  • Normal/Symmetrical functional movement = pain relief, the alarm system shutting off
  • Focus is on the area of pain, missing out on correcting the root cause of problem - dysfunctional movement patterns
  • Treatment approach based on going
    back to the basics: Anatomy,
    Biomechanics, and Kinesiology
  • Treatment approach is focused on reducing local inflammation and increasing strength
  • Holistic Approach = correcting Root Cause of problem
  • Local Approach: treat where it hurts, not treating root cause
  • Pain is our guide to correct the dysfunctional movement patterns
  • The goal is the activity you love, we help you do those activities AGAIN without pain
  • "No pain. no gain" resulting in exacerbation of chronic pain
  • Regaining normal symmetry = normal function = lasting results
  • Normal PT modalities tend to provide minimal and temporary relief to chronic pain
  • Becoming pain free is possible
  • Chronic pain has poor rehab potential so PT only manages pain
  • Cash based practice since Holistic approach is not covered by insurance
  • Accepts Insurance so restricted to treating only area of pain
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