Manual Therapy

Acupuncture Centers of South Florida

Acupuncture & Chiropractic Physicians located in Coral Gables, FL

Manual therapies range from a relaxing massage to deep pressure to release stuck tissues, but no matter what form they take, manual modalities relieve your pain and promote healing. Veronica E. Trollerud, AP, DOM, and the team at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida often recommend manual therapy, alone or as part of your comprehensive care. If you suffer with pain or stiffness, or you need to recover from an injury, massage therapy can help. Book an appointment online or call the office in Coral Gables, Florida.

Manual Therapy Q & A

Manual therapy refers to hands-on techniques designed to:

  • Increase range of motion
  • Relax soft tissues
  • Mobilize soft tissues and joints
  • Alleviate pain
  • Remediate impaired function
  • Promote blood flow
  • Improve tissue elasticity
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Reduce inflammation and swelling

While chiropractors and physical therapists use manual therapy, one of the most common types is therapeutic massage. 

What should I know about massage?

Many patients seek massage for its amazing ability to help them relax and destress. However, therapeutic massage also causes physical changes that improve soft tissue injuries and conditions such as arthritis.

Massage supports your health by:

  • Increasing blood circulation
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Alleviating pain
  • Promoting healing
  • Improving flexibility
  • Relaxing muscle tension

Studies show that a relaxing treatment like Swedish massage can boost your immune system.

When might I need manual therapy?

Manual therapy, or therapeutic massage, is an option to consider any time you need to calm your mind and body. As part of the holistic care at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida, massage is often used to treat health problems such as:

  • Chronic lower back and neck pain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Headaches
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome

Your massage therapy is always customized to meet your health needs, using one of the many different massage techniques.

What are the different types of massage?

Massage techniques range from gentle and relaxing to deep, firm pressure. These are a few types of massage therapies available at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida:

  • Tui-na (Chinese medical massage)
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai massage
  • Cupping therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Shiatsu (acupressure)
  • Foot reflexology
  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Trigger point therapy

The team at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida also performs instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM), a form of gua sha that detects and treats myofascial restrictions. As a result, your ability to move improves while pain decreases.

What is acupressure?

Acupressure is a type of manual therapy that uses deep, firm finger pressure to stimulate acupuncture points. Depending on the acupuncture points targeted, acupressure can relieve pain, stress, nausea, and other conditions. 

You can also use acupressure to improve your appearance, as it tones facial muscles and may diminish wrinkles.

To schedule manual therapy, call Acupuncture Centers of South Florida or use the online booking feature.