Manual therapy is the treatment that makes Core Physical Therapy stand out from other physical therapy clinics. In our manual therapy sessions, you will experience a variety of techniques, all focused on improving your structure and function. In these sessions, you may be surprised by where we find the problems in your body. Usually, the parts of your body that hurt are not the parts that need to be fixed! They are the ones doing all of the work. That is why they hurt. At Core, we will be looking for the parts of your body that need help. The ones that you are not even aware of. We will find the old injuries that you may have forgotten about and help your body to heal.
We use a variety of hands-on techniques which includes but not limited to: myofascial release, massage, craniosacral therapy, strain-counter-strain, muscle energy technique, joint mobilization, neural tissue tension techniques, neuromuscular techniques, treatment of Chapman's reflexes, deep tissue massage and medicupping.
Medicupping is a treatment technique that your therapist might include in your plan of care. It utilizes glass cups which are attached to suction. The suction allows your therapist to treat adhesions that might be found in your tissue. These adhesions have the potential to slow down your healing progress. This technique gently breaks up these adhesions, allowing for improved tissue mobility, increased circulation, and re-absorption of any swelling that might be present. Once this layer of swelling has been removed, your therapist will be able to more effectively assess your situation and make the necessary changes to improve your pain.
Watch an example of a medicupping session on a patient who has residual adhesions from a compression injury to the outer leg: