Biomechanical treatment can be most simply summarized as the application of biomechanics to the diagnosis and treatment of your injuries.
Biomechanics is the “study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement of living organisms.” Our therapists apply this when working with their clients. The process is generally as follows:
Biomechanical assessment and treatment will involve the handling and mobilization of the joints into various positions to determine how well and how far they move and then to restore any lost motion or decreased quality of motion that has been found in the injured tissue. There are numerous types and variations of hands on biomechanical treatment, ranging from passive (therapist-performed) stretching, joint mobilization, joint manipulation, massage, myofascial treatment, assisted stretching, therapist-resisted exercises and stretching, and client-applied self mobilisaiton techniques. Your therapist will explain the techniques they chose to use with you, and more importantly explain why they are using them and what they hope to accomplish with the chosen treatment regimen.
In many cases, your therapist will augment the biomechanical care with clinical or home exercises, use of ultrasound or TENS, or other treatment techniques — all depending on the injury you have sustained and what we feel will help you recover best in the shortest period of time.