The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body. When a joint is stuck or displaced loss of mobility is common. Connective tissues unique ability to adapt to the shortest distance between its origin and insertion produces harmful effects during immobilisation. In an immobile joint, cross fibre linkages form and restrict the joints range of motion even further. Mobilisation breaks down these cross linkages and promotes an inflammatory healing response.
So manual therapy is a systematic approach to examine the way the joints of the body move and determine which tissue(s) of the body are causing dysfunction. Once diagnosed through a thorough biomechanical assessment, a trained clinician may use specific hands-on techniques to promote the tissue healing and restore moment pattern.
The manual therapy modalities used at Temple clinic may include moving joints in specific directions and at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilization and manipulation), muscle stretching, passive movements of the affected body part, or having the patient move the body part against the therapist's resistance to improve muscle activation and timing. Specific soft tissue techniques may also be used to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles.
The body's soft tissues replace themselves on a 42 day (6 week) cycle. As the damaged tissues are replaced with new ones the foot should start to feel better. This typically happens within a couple of weeks. For this reason, an in initial 3 week programme of treatment is recommended, after which your progress is assessed and the next plan of action determined.
If you would like to schedule a manual therapy appointment or like more information then please do not hesitate to contact us.