Manual therapy refers to hands-on therapy used to treat and manage various muskuloskeletal conditions and disorders. It has many benefits, including alleviating pain by reducing muscle tension, improving blood flow, and promoting relaxation in the affected areas. Manual therapy techniques can improve blood and lymphatic circulation, promoting healing and the reduction of swelling in injured areas. It can also address postural imbalances by releasing tight muscles and promoting proper alignment of the body.
In 2018, Johnson et al conducted a study on the effects and benefits of touch-based therapies in medical settings. The findings revealed that touch-based therapies have significant positive effects on various aspects of health and well-being. Physiologically, these therapies were found to reduce stress hormones, lower blood pressure, and promote relaxation. They also demonstrated the potential to enhance immune function and decrease pain perception through mechanisms like the release of endorphins. Psychologically, touch-based therapies were associated with decreased anxiety, improved mood, and increased feelings of comfort and safety.