Manual Therapy

Soft tissue manipulation, also known as manual therapy, is one of the most important tools in the chiropractic toolbox, alongside the chiropractic adjustment. Research consistently shows faster recovery times and improved return to activity when both therapies are used together!

What is manual therapy?

Sports Chiropractor in Bellingham performing manual therapy or body work by relaxing tight muscles in a patients neck

At its core, manual therapy leaves the gadgets and gizmos behind and relies on the skill of our hands and the instruments they hold to reduce the irritation in tight and tender tissues such as muscles, ligaments, fascia, and tendons. 

When you find yourself stiff and tight in any one body region it will often have a negative impact on your joint motion as well. The chiropractic adjustment is essential to improving joint motion, but if the soft tissues around those joints are untreated, the joints will go right back to being restricted. These two treatments are like peanut butter and jelly, Han and Chewie, or chicken and waffles; either one is great on its own but you’re not getting the peak experience without both.

At Summit Sports Chiropractic we’ll use a variety of manual techniques to help activate muscles that have been underworked and relax muscles that have been overworked. 

What tools do we have beyond the power of our hands?

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) is a form of therapy that uses specially designed surgical stainless steel tools to decrease pain and improve range of motion and function more efficiently. 

Cupping is an ancient therapy that was popularized in recent Olympics and is now used by athletes around the world. It’s used to help reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood flow, and relax your muscles.

Common Conditions Treated By Soft Tissue Manipulation:

Manual therapy is not the same as a massage!

Massages are typically longer and are great for reducing tension, anxiety, and stress

Manual therapy is a shorter more targeted approach to assess and treat dysfunction, increasing range of motion, decreasing pain, and improving healing times.

Stiff? Stuck? Sore? Tired? All of the above? Schedule an appointment today and get back to moving and feeling like yourself again!