Should You Offer Manual Physical Therapy & PRRT?
When most people are told they will need physical therapy they envision a room filled with various apparatus and a therapist instructing and assisting them with a series of exercises that over time will improve and hopefully restore their mobility. All physical therapists will agree that exercise is a necessary part of any physical therapy program, but today more of these same professionals are looking beyond exercises that correct muscle imbalances by including manual physical therapy and primal reflex release therapy to their treatment plans.
In manual physical therapy, a practitioner uses their hands to apply pressure to muscle tissue directly and work joints to decrease muscle spasms, tension and chronic pain due to injuries. The purpose of this approach is to go beyond treating pain and immobility and get to the reasons why a muscle is not functioning properly or why it is causing pain in the first place.
Just as manual physical therapy is a hands-on detective style approach to physical therapy treatment, primal reflex release technique is a hands on approach that first identifies the areas of the body where muscles are in a state of constant engagement and then uses the patients innate reflexes to correct and treat the pain. Results of both these hands on approaches are felt almost immediately when performed properly.
All physical therapists and practitioners have the opportunity to learn both manual physical therapy techniques and primal reflex release techniques, but many don’t spend the time and resources to become highly efficient in these techniques. These techniques are not dependent on labs and tests which means that most insurance companies will not cover the treatments even though they can be highly effective treatments that often treat pain with very few sessions.
Many practitioners believe this means they will get fewer patients, but with all the changes in health care in the last few years, more individuals suffering from pain are going outside the system to find treatments. Additionally most states have laws that allow people to seek physical therapy treatment without a referral from a primary care physician. Your practice could be where those individuals go for fast pain relief. An investment in manual physical therapy and primal reflex release technique will not only improve and expand your practice, but give you a better understanding of the causes of chronic pain.