Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy Caulfield | Centre 4 Health

Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment that combines various techniques in order to achieve the optimal result for each individual patient.

The most commonly used techniques include; classic massage strokes, connective tissue manipulation, trigger point therapy and gentle visceral manipulation. Other techniques that can be used are lymphatic drainage, stretching, kinesio-taping and specific functional exercises combined with guided touch.

In manual therapy, the person is seen as a whole. The therapist will strive to map the bigger picture, get as much information as possible and work in a full collaboration with the client to achieve their mutually set goals while looking for the most efficient way to do it. All aspects are taken into consideration including musculoskeletal function and the patient’s beliefs and experiences.

Manual Therapy in Caulfield

The best way to describe the guidelines of our manual therapy practitioners would be the principles of Andrew Tailor Still, father of Osteopathy:

  • The body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit.
  • The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
  • Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
  • Rational treatment is based on an understanding of these principles: body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.
When can it be useful?

Manual therapy treats a broad variety of chronic pain syndromes that require investigation to get to the root cause and/or triggers of the pain. Some of these conditions are caused by reasons unknown to the medical world and others may be caused by issues that aren’t the initial cause of pain.

This includes conditions such as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Teeth grinding
  • Teeth clenching
  • Lower back pain
  • Constant water retention or swelling
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Chronic knee pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow

Manual therapy can also be extremely helpful in acute situations such as:

  • Back pain
  • Sprained ankle
  • Sports injuries
  • Orthopaedic trauma/ accident
  • Rehab from surgery
  • Muscle cramps
Manual Therapist Caulfield

Each treatment is specifically tailored to the client’s needs on a physical, emotional and psychological level.  This includes the pressure and speed of the treatment, which will be directed by the qualities of the client’s soft tissues.  Some of the techniques used are soft, gentle and slow and may involve the client’s active participation.  This is why Manual Therapy is so effective for issues such as:

  • Bad posture
  • Reduced range of movement
  • Buffalo/Dowagers hump
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis/Lordosis
  • Difficulties performing and progressing specific exercises
  • TMJ pain or dysfunction
  • Poor digestion
  • Poor flexibility
  • Shin splints

The main benefit of Manual Therapy is the vast and diverse toolbox the therapist has to choose from when evaluating the specific issue and the client’s overall well-being.  Each treatment involves a thorough assessment and re-assessments throughout the session to ensure the best results are achieved. 

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Centre 4 Health
Manual Therapist Caulfield
368B Hawthorn Road
Caulfield South
VIC   3162