With healthcare, patients are more informed and knowledgeable than ever before. As with everything else in today’s world, they want things performed a certain way, done as quickly as possible, and they will use the internet to find the best place where they can get that service. These individuals want results, and they will shop around until they can find the provider that can effectively provide that in a shorter length of time.

As healthcare evolves, manual therapy is becoming increasingly important as it (1) provides results in a shorter time than traditional methods, and (2) it does so in a more personal, one-on-one manner. A Physical Therapist may find him or herself readily compared to massage therapists, chiropractors, or even craniosacral therapists, as patients are looking for just the right person to get them pain free. We Physical Therapists are the most qualified to return patients to a healthy lifestyle as we offer a broad scope of practice ranging from therapeutic exercise to pain management to, yes, manual therapy.

Hands-on treatment of soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and dry needling therapy, among others, are rising to prominence in the field. With this, the newest form of PT is that of an Osteopractor, and our own Dan Fleury holds a diploma in Osteopractic Physical Therapy. The word ‘Osteopractor’ translates to ‘bone practitioner’ and they are therapists trained in diagnosing and treating neuro-muscluo-skeletal disorders. This diploma is given to a doctor or physical therapist who has completed an intense course of study that includes Certificates in Spinal Manipulation and Dry Needling, as well as IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) and Extremity Manipulative Therapy. These techniques are proven to heal tissue, reduce joint impairment, and lessen pain.

An Osteopractor is a highly skilled, hands-on manual therapist who graduated through the Spinal Manipulation Institute. Dan is one of a select and minimal group in the world to earn this title. If you are struggling with joint or muscle pain, and you’re searching for a solution…look no further than Portsmouth Physical Therapy.


Published December 20, 2016 | Posted in Company Annoucements, Portsmouth PT Blog Posts.

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