Integrative Physical Therapy has been providing Structural Manual Therapy in Bellingham since 2004. But what is Structural Manual Therapy? It is a specialized form of “hands on” physical therapy. The fascia, muscles, and joints are gently manipulated to decrease pain and restore normal movement. Impaired joint movement may be a result of muscle spasm, joint restrictions, or muscle weakness. Manual therapy can be very effective in the treatment of sports injuries, spinal pain, and even with chronic pain. Schedule your Physical Therapy session today and experience the difference Structural Manual Therapy can make.
The human body should be considered as “one functional unit” .
Optimal health depends upon the integration of structure and function. Hence, we need to realize the importance of how different joints work together in concert to produce smooth, pain free movement. Since movement restrictions of the fascia, muscles, or joints are most often the basis for musculoskeletal pain, treatment of the most restricted area first would allow for the biggest changes in function. At Integrative Physical Therapy, we believe that “Self care is Health care”. We have posted over 150 videos on how to take care of ourselves. The magic happens when we combine Manual Therapy and great self care.
Living in a outdoor wonderland like Bellingham affords us ample opportunity for recreation. However, with this comes increased chance of injury. This is why physical therapy is so important. Therefore, when evaluating a client for shoulder pain, you must consider not only the shoulder joint itself. Careful evaluation of the neck, rib cage, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine is needed as they all exhibit direct influences on the function of the shoulder.
Create “new” movement patterns
Finally, we must develop “new” movement patterns to the correct the old compensatory patterns. In essence, we need to change the way the body moves, create “new memories” and then reinforce correct movement patterns with exercise. For additional information, see Treatment Philosophies.
~Ed Deboo, PT
Osteopathic Manual Therapy & Integrative Physical Therapy Services