When manual therapy is combined with chiropractic care the body is better prepared for the adjustments, the adjustments are even more effective, and the body becomes more relaxed and more receptive to the adjustments that are needed.
Manual therapy whether full body or performed on isolated areas has become recognizes as being beneficial for overall wellness.
One of the most common and valuable areas for manual therapy to be performed is the back because of all the nerves that run through the spine.
Low back therapy can relieve muscle tension caused by overuse from exercise or from repetitive use after sitting at a desk all day. It can also decrease pain that has been caused from lifting incorrectly or from carrying stress and tension in that area. Therapy to the lower back has been shown to lessen anxiety and depression.
Upper back therapy can relieve tension from repeated movement or immobility and can also reduce pain from migraines.
In addition to pain relief, therapy also stimulates the production of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. These are chemicals that make the body feel good. Since manual therapy can help manage pain, the amount of pain medications needing to be taken will be reduced.
Manual therapy stimulates circulation and increases blood flow to the area that is being treated, this brings oxygenated blood and nutrients to muscles and major organs.
Receiving manual therapy can help the healing process by mending tissues and muscles that have become tight, weak, or atrophied.
Range of motion can be improved through therapy and by stretching techniques to loosen stiff muscles and increase flexibility.
Joint flexibility decreases over time as people age and become less active. Manual therapy can improve and maintain joint flexibility by working the muscles, tendons, and ligaments which will keep the fluids in the joints at a healthy level.
Manual therapy can help with the regeneration of tissue and can reduce scar tissue and stretch marks by breaking up scar tissue adhesion’s to help recover from injury. After an injury toxins and lactic acid can accumulate within the muscle tissue, therapy flushes out these toxins by promoting flow of fresh, oxygenated blood.
Athletes can greatly benefit from receiving manual therapy. It can reduce the chance of injury through proper stretching and deep tissue therapy. Also, sports therapy will improve the athlete’s range of motion and flexibility which will improve their power and performance. Therapy will maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen that the muscles receive by increasing blood flow, as well as increase elimination of metabolic waste that has built up from exercise.
Manual therapy has been shown to help arthritis suffers to have fewer aches and pains and less stiffness. Additionally, high blood pressure patients have shown lower blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
When the body is under constant stress it can be very difficult for it to heal. Manual therapy helps the healing process while regulating the immune system.