Functional Manual Therapy
Functional Manual Therapy
FMT stands for Functional Manual Therapy, involves evaluation and assessment of pain and discomfort.

What is FMT?

FMT stands for Functional Manual Therapy, involves evaluation and assessment of pain and discomfort. This comprehensive research is then used to formulate a treatment plan that optimizes functionality and mobilizes restricted joints while strengthening muscles.

Functional Manual Therapy evaluates and treats mechanical issues with limbs and joints, neuromuscular ailments and motor skills restriction. Proper functioning of your joints and muscles and adequate soft tissue healing rate are necessary to facilitate effective movement. The ability to control limb functionality and joint action are as important as the function of these muscles. The ability to move, the effectiveness of your movement and the activation of the required forces and joints at the right time are what enables one to function correctly.

Functional Manual Therapy has its roots in science-based research by conducting a full-body analysis, including evaluating the physical function, nutrition and educating the patient effectively. Functional Manual Therapy is used to improve the quality of your life, whereas physical therapy aims at relieving patients from pain. Functional Manual Therapy intends on helping an individual reach their maximum physical potential causing them to lead a contented life. Functional Manual Therapy believes in a holistic approach to improve a person’s life by utilizing the relationship between perceived pain and muscle restriction. It assumes that physical therapy through core strengthening exercises, stretching and strengthening exercises is ineffective in addressing and eliminating pain effectively.

Functional Manual Therapy is an innovative technique developed by the Institue of Physical Arts. Its curriculum encourages physical therapists to conduct evidence-based rehabilitation using their extensive clinical experience on patients. FMT focuses on improving the well-being of an individual instead of addressing one physical ailment at a time. It mobilizes restricted joints, relieves neuromuscular and musculoskeletal issues.

A Functional Manual Therapist is trained in treating mobility issues, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems. Limitations in soft tissues and neurovascular tissues impair functionality and the ability to perform controlled limb activities. 

The results of Functional Manual Therapy can be seen instantly. FMT entails using active movements and restricted contractions, and expansion of joints. Functional Manual Therapy uses pressure manipulation to increase mobility and functionality of local joints. It offers therapists an insight into the discomfort caused in weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing positions. It enables therapists to evaluate the intensity, location and underlying cause of the pain.

The Benefits of FMT

Choosing FMT means you have already taken a step in the right direction. It showcases your desire to make your health a priority resulting in positive changes. 

  • FMT is client-oriented, which means the treatment plans are devised keeping your specific needs in mind.

  • FMT enables you to achieve your goals efficiently. 

  • Physiotherapy focuses on symptoms which allow therapists to focus on eliminating pain in the short term resulting in recurrence of pain. FMT, on the other hand, is function-based that results in permanent elimination of pain. 

  • Functional Manual Therapy is an integrated form of therapy that includes habits, lifestyle and nutritional intake, which directly impacts your overall well being.

  • FMT believes in overall health and well being as compared to the absence of disease. 

The Mechanism

The evaluation when conducting Functional Manual Therapy begins with a thorough assessment of your posture irrespective of your former diagnosis. Functional Manual Therapists have extensive experience in observing and identifying mobility issues through movement analysis. Examining your posture provides insight into the kind of postural deformity and joint restriction one may be suffering. It enables therapists to gauge the potential risks and causes of the conditions they may be suffering from. Different movements are analyzed, which is similar to physical therapy analysis. FMT is much more specific and uses experienced therapists to observe action, muscles, and tissues that may trigger the condition. This helps in addressing your symptoms and enables therapists to eradicate symptoms.

Unlike physical therapy, Functional Manual Therapy doesn’t have a standardized plan that is one-fit for all. It uses specific programs that are explicitly designed to address individual patient issues. FMT is used to observe your daily movement and functionality, enabling therapists to assess the efficiency with which you use your body. Your risks to injure yourself reduce significantly by improving limb functionality and control.

Conditions Treated

The patients who opt for FMT can range from people suffering from a simple ankle sprain to more complex injuries and chronic illnesses. FMT can effectively treat any ailment that a PT has already diagnosed. Often, the pain treated by physical therapy starts reoccurring with increased intensity. This happens especially in people who suffer from chronic illnesses and chronic pain. People who wish to improve their quality of life can do so by taking measures that help in preventing injury. This reduces the risk of falling and reduces pain effectively. Functional manual therapy is an innovative way of combining physical therapy benefits and personalized nutrition and movement insights.