What is the difference between standard physical therapy and manual therapy?

In America, a traditional physical therapist will treat a patient condition by assigning a series of exercises, which the patient does on their own with little consult or ongoing check-ups from the therapist. In addition, prescribed exercises are assigned mostly via a diagnoses from a referring physician.

Research proves that when personalized mobility exercises are combined with hands-on release of tight muscles and joints, patients achieve better outcomes. Because of these studies, physiotherapy is now considered the world-class standard.

Nearly all physical therapists use manual therapy as a part of a patient's care plan. But Results exclusively relies on the four principles of manual therapy as the basis for all patient care; plans, progress, ongoing diagnoses, and post-care treatment.

At Results Physiotherapy, we guarantee that every clinician receives ongoing professional training in physiotherapy.

For a qualified Manual Therapist, the patient and the therapist work together over the care plan to help best diagnose pain. The Manual Therpist uses his or her hands, placed on the body, to probe, adjust, move and otherwise manipulate the patient's joints and muscles to reproduce pain—and then prescribe relevant treatment.

Do I need a referral from my doctor to see a Results therapist?

With the exception of our clinics in Texas, you do not need a doctor's referall to see a Results physical therapist. To set an appointment for a free consult, call the Results clinic nearest you, or fill out the form on that clinic's web page.

Will my Results therapy be covered by insurance if I do not have a doctor's referral?

Yes. Results Physiotherapy is credentialed with nearly all major insurance companies, and manual physical therapy is a standard covered service. With the exception of our two clinics in the Austin, Texas area, if your insurance covers physical therapy (and nearly all plans do) it will cover your care at Results, whether you were referred by a physician or not.

What will happen on my first visit to a Results clinic?

Your Results licensed physical therapist will meet with you to conduct a detailed medical history and orthopedic assessment.

We’ll discuss your therapy goals, and you’ll receive a clear explanation of your condition and treatment plan, plus a personalized home exercise program.

In addition, we will get aquainted with your insurance coverage, and contact your carrier to initiate reimbursement for your care plan.

If you were referred to us by your primary care physician or a specialist, we will likely contact them to let them know we have seen you, and we will keep them informed on your progress. This ensures that whatever plan of care they have inidiated, we will complete.

Usually, we will initiate treatment that same day, beginning with hands-on therapy to relieve your pain, stiffness, and muscle spasm. We’ll do everything possible to help you achieve a quick and pain free recovery.

Do I need an X-ray or MRI before beginning physical therapy?

In most cases, you will not need to have an X-Ray or MRI before you begin physical therapy, but if we determine that your condition requires further orthapedic examination, we will refer you to an orthapedic specialist who will determine the wisest course of action. That may include an X-Ray, MRI or other treatment options.

How long do therapy sessions last?

Treatment sessions generally last 45 to 60 minutes. A significant portion of your session will be spent talking with, and receving manual therapy from, your Results physical therapist. You may also spend time doing prescribed exercises and receiving heat treatment and/or E-Stim therapy.

How many therapy sessions will I likely need?

Most Results patients will visit the clinic two to three times a week, for four to six weeks. Our goal is to get you get back to the life you love as quickly as possible.

Is Manual Therapy the same as chiropractic?

No. We won’t subject you to repeated “cracking” and “popping” of your joints. While this treatment method may feel good at first, it does not retrain your muscles so that the cause of your symptoms permanently goes away.

Our physical therapists begin with gentle release of your tight muscles and joints to help you feel better. Along with that, you learn customized exercises to ensure your lasting improvement. You can expect noticeable results with fewer visits.

Is Manual Therapy similar to massage?

Manual therapy uses the hands of the therapist to move muscles, bones and joints, and at times deep tissue massage is an integral part of that process.

The difference, however, is that everything done by the Results manual therapist is designed to make changes in your muscle and joint flexibility that will last long after your treatment plan is completed—not just to make your muscles "feel bettter" on your visit. In other words, we make changes in your body's musculoskeletal system to make lasting changes that will eventually fix the things that are causing you pain.

What is the difference between standard physical therapy and manual therapy?

In America, a traditional physical therapist will treat a patient condition by assigning a series of exercises, which the patient does on their own with little consult or ongoing check-ups from the therapist. In addition, prescribed exercises are assigned mostly via a diagnoses from a referring physician. Research proves that when personalized mobility exercises are combined with hands-on release of tight muscles and joints, patients achieve better outcomes. Because of these studies, physiotherapy is now considered the world-class standard.

Nearly all physical therapists use manual therapy as a part of a patient's care plan, but Results exclusively relies on the four principles of manual therapy as the basis for all patient care; plans, progress, ongoing diagnoses, and post-care treatment. At Results Physiotherapy, we guarantee that every clinician receives ongoing professional training in physiotherapy.

For a qualified Manual Therapist, the patient and the therapist work together over the care plan to help best diagnose pain. The Manual Therpist uses his or her hands, placed on the body, to probe, adjust, move and otherwise manipulate the patient's joints and muscles to reproduce pain—and then prescribe relevant treatment.

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