In medical literature there are many definitions of manual therapy. In a more modern context, a set of therapeutic methods, which is manual influence on the patient's body to eliminate any restrictions and blocks existing in the anatomical structures of the body and preventing optimal movement the human condition.
With manual therapy link the various methods of treatment of hands, namely: acupuncture and acupressure, craniosacral and visceral therapy, myofascial release, manual lymphatic drainage, applied kinesiology, shiatsu, and finally therapeutic massage. People under chiropractic therapy even mean bone setting. All these methods are directed mainly at treatment of diseases of internal organs and the musculoskeletal system, namely hernia, osteochondrosis, incorrect posture, scoliosis.
In this broad context between manual therapy and massage there is some difference. The fact that the massage works mainly on muscles, whereas a chiropractor produces manipulation with the spine, eliminating displacement of the vertebrae, reflex spasms, etc.
Despite this, some experts still allocate manual massage as a separate type of massage, assuring that it can be used to not only eliminate spasms in the muscles, but the various blocks in the joints.
From this point of view, manual massage is a method of reflex and mechanical influence on organs and tissues. Irritation, which cause mechanical movement, through nerve endings are transmitted to the brain, which causes changes in various organs and tissues, restoring broken relationships and activities. Manual massage is rarely a Wellness or preventive. This is frequently used in rehabilitation purposes, particularly for the treatment of osteochondrosis, radiculitis, displacement of the vertebrae, different back pain.
You need to understand that it is a full medical procedure. Manual massage involves strong and deep impact on the human body, one wrong move can cause enormous harm and disrupt motor skills. Therefore, must only be experienced specialists with special medical training. There are many variants of this type of massage, but the majority of professional chiropractic massage therapists use a special technique, which is sometimes even used electrical appliances.