The Maitland approach is a physiotherapy technique that addresses physical pain and stiffness. While all Aligned Orthopedic & Sports Therapy therapists use concepts from the Maitland approach, many have chosen to undergo additional training to earn their Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) and become fully certified in the Maitland approach. Continue reading to learn more about this physiotherapeutic technique and how it can help you return to your favorite activities.
The Maitland approach is a manual therapy diagnostic tool using varying mobilizations of the spine, peripheral joints and other parts of the body to allow for more free movement. This approach uses passive and accessory movements within a controlled environment to learn your limitations and slowly stretch past them. Therapists also teach muscle stretching, stabilization techniques and other exercises to allow you to continue progress at home.
The Maitland approach uses five levels — or grades — to determine joint mobility. These include:
These levels are determined based on the severity of the patient’s condition and the therapist’s intended purpose.
Anyone who is experiencing joint pain and stiffness can benefit from a Maitland approach to treatment. Your physiotherapist will create the most effective treatment to help you, depending on your condition’s severity.
The Maitland approach has demonstrated several benefits for those seeking relief in their joints, including:
At Aligned Orthopedic & Sports Therapy, our team is trained in the Maitland approach and can walk you through personalized treatment with exceptional evidence-based care. As the leading provider for outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, we have the experience and resources to aid your recovery — whether you are visiting us after surgery or for a sports injury. Find a clinic location near you to get started.
If you are interested in learning more about how utilizing a Maitland approach in therapy can benefit your condition, you can contact Aligned Orthopedic & Sports Therapy today. We look forward to helping you reach your mobility goals.Contact Us Reviews