Manual Therapy is strongly linked to the philosophy at Sheffield Sports Medicine. These manual techniques are essential for us to make a positive change to a patient that presents with poor posture or poor movement mechanics.

 
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The treatment can involve mobilisation and manipulation of spinal and peripheral joints, myofascial release techniques and mobilisation of the nervous system. Manual Therapy works extremely well with rehabilitation to aid in correcting posture and maximising muscular function.

 Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore normal motion. Trauma and micro trauma to soft tissue can create scar tissue and these restrictions can increase the tensile pressures thus producing pain. 

 The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one sessions are hands-on for our physiotherapist to make a positive change to the musculoskeletal system. We educate the patient in proper body mechanics and movement with self treatment instruction that results in enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.

 Joints can become stiff and restricted if the muscles are weak and short. Gentle Mobilisation of these joints are usually the first point of call, however if it does not significantly reduce symptoms a Manipulation maybe required. A high velocity, low amplitude trust is applied to the joint and sometimes an audial ‘pop’ can be heard. This is a release of gas from the joint, namely nitrogen and carbon dioxide. A mobilisation and manipulation momentarily increases the range of movement in the joint, and provides a perfect opportunity for strength exercises and other treatments that can increase the activity of weak muscles that should stabilise the joint.