Orthopaedic refers one of many systems of the human body which essentially comprises over 600 muscles and 206 bones of the skeleton. Manual implies the use of skilled hands-on care in order to examine and determine a plan of care for either bone, joint, muscle, nerve and connective tissue problems. The patient is then guided into specialized exercises and the affected area is mobilized to promote and restore the body's healing processes.
Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is devoted to the examination and treatment of joint and related soft tissue disorders. One of the primary treatment methods is the mobilization of restricted joints & soft tissues.
There are numerous systems of manual therapy. At MHR, we have studied the Nordic system in greater depth. The Nordic system of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is a Physical Therapy treatment approach based on the information and experience from Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Osteopathy, traditional Physical Therapy and further innovations of today's Physical Therapists. We also favor the treatment approaches of several prominent New Zealand Physical Therapists Stanley V. Paris, Ph.D. and Brian Mulligan, MNZSP, Dip. MT.
Our skilled techniques may be applied in a variety of positions to achieve the desired treatment result. Your active participation is always essential for the optimal success. We emphasize breath control and may request specific muscle contractions to assist in the restoration of joint motion and soft tissue flexibility. The treatment goal is to help you learn new patterns of movement which steer you out of pain.