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Bones and muscles ligaments and tendons comprise nearly 60 percent of the body Manual medicine practitioners view the musculoskeletal system as more than a coat rack for organs Like a computer hard drive the skeletal system is wired to the other complex body processes that help us to breathe sleep and feel pain An ailing hard drive as computer users know spells trouble Wiring problems in muscles and joints can affect the entire body sometimes surfacing as pain hearing loss or migraines Varieties of manual therapy range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft tissues to deeper manual techniques Some focus on one specific function of the body see lymphatic massage below Others such as trigger point and Myotherapy seek to relieve muscle contraction in a target area Most practitioners rely on a combination of techniques Currently few clinical trials examine the effects of massage However practitioners believe that the therapeutic benefits of manual techniques are due in part to their ability to affect changes in the musculoskeletal circulator-lymphatic and nervous systems Manual therapy is a general term for modalities that use the hands to diagnose and treat illness and musculoskeletal disorders as well as to maintain health This includes any hands-on technique especially therapeutic manipulation of body structure eg deep tissue or connective tissue As such it is often bunched under the general term of physiotherapy along with Electrotherapy techniques Exercise programmes and other services - taping and splinting correcting flawed sporting techniques providing or offering information on equipment aids such as wheelchairs and walking frames Three types of physiotherapy Physiotherapy is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of conditions It can also help speed recovery after many different types of surgery Physiotherapists are trained in a range of specialist areas such as paediatrics sports medicine or womens health Generally the three different types of physiotherapy include oMusculoskeletal - to treat muscles bones and joints also called orthopaedic
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