Manual therapy is a term that applies to any technique that involves the therapist's hands and is often used to restore mobility to a joint, muscle or nerve as well as to relax, or activate, muscles. It includes a detailed biomechanical assessment of the muscles, joints, fascia and nerves as well manually applied movement techniques such as joint mobilisation/manipulation, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilisation and neural mobilisation to treat excessive and restricted movement. 'Releasing old holding habits' is often the first thing we do to help relieve your pain. Manual therapy techniques, combined with dry needling and self-releasing exercises, which may or may not include the use of balls or foam rollers, are the tools we use to release your tight, restricted body.
The therapists at Peak Performance have all taken specialist post-graduate courses in manual and manipulative therapy.
Most of the physiotherapists at Peak performance Physio are certified to use dry needling - an effective treatment technique for myofascial trigger points and relaxation of taut muscular bands.
Dry needling, is used for muscles that are tight, and limiting motion, due to an increase in their resting tone (hypertonic muscles vs. stiff muscles). Based on neurophysiological principles, dry needling involves the insertion of thin needles adapted from traditional acupuncture into muscles that are tight or holding excess tension. The muscle grabs the needle or twitches and then relaxes fully which releases tension and pain and allows a window of opportunity for retraining movement patterns. At Peak performance we use dry needling in an integrated way to release excessively tight or tense muscles that block you from learning how to use your muscles differently. In this way we treat your pain and teach you new movement strategies so your muscles don't continue to develop excessive tension and pain.