Manual therapy: A great adjunct?

by | Mar 8, 2023 | Public Access | 0 comments

Having been a competitive athlete for many years, training to high intensity and having had my share of injuries it’s quite clear to me what works and what doesn’t.

Manual therapy, such as chiropractic and osteopathy, has long been touted as a cure-all for a variety of physical ailments. However, there is little scientific evidence to support many of these claims. Despite this, manual therapy can be a valuable addition to a well-rounded strength & wellness plan. When you’re already doing everything else right, so to speak.

When combined with other healthy habits such as regular strength training, good nutrition, and adequate sleep, manual therapy can help enhance the overall sense of well-being. In this way, manual therapy can be seen as the “icing on the cake” of a healthy lifestyle.

One of the touted benefits of manual therapy is its ability to address musculoskeletal imbalances and misalignments. These imbalances can cause pain, discomfort, and limited mobility, making it difficult to perform daily activities or exercise effectively.

While the evidence is out, I find Manual therapy can help alleviate these issues, making it easier to engage in training and maintain a generally active lifestyle. However, the mechanisms for its action usually involve shifting pockets of bubbles which then reduces muscle tone and not direct changes at a joint.

Additionally, manual therapy can help reduce stress and tension in the body. This can be especially beneficial for those who engage in high-intensity exercise or have physically demanding jobs. By reducing tension in the body, manual therapy can improve recovery reducing subsequent injury risk and raising the ceiling on performance.

While manual therapy may not have scientifically proven benefits beyond a sense of well-being, it can still be a valuable tool in a well-rounded health and wellness plan. It can help improve mobility, reduce tension, and enhance overall feelings of well-being. When combined with regular exercise, good nutrition, and adequate sleep, manual therapy can be a valuable addition to a healthy lifestyle.

Other tools such as massage guns and stretching can also be useful in enhancing overall physical well-being. These tools can help reduce muscle soreness and tension, improve flexibility, and enhance recovery after exercise. When combined with manual therapy and other healthy habits, these tools can help individuals achieve their health and wellness goals more effectively.

In conclusion, manual therapy can be a valuable addition to a well-rounded strength and wellness plan. While there may be little scientific evidence to support many of its claims, manual therapy can help improve mobility, reduce tension, and enhance overall feelings of well-being. When combined with regular exercise, good nutrition, and adequate sleep, manual therapy can be the “icing on the cake” of a healthy lifestyle.

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