The joints are so much more complex than a place where bones come together. A joint is comprised of multiple components including bone, cartilage, muscles, tendons, nerves, and fluid --that when functioning properly, allow the joint to glide smoothly and pain-free. If one component becomes problematic, the entire joint begins to compensate. This leads to dysfunction ranging from temporary pain to long term damage. All parts and systems within the body are interconnected - joints included - and when there is dysfunction in one place, other areas can be negatively impacted. A skilled MAA practitioner can properly assess the interactions of your joints with your body to help restore proper function.
Manual Articular Approach is a soft, hands-on manual therapy. Underneath the pain or diagnosis is a compensatory pattern created in the body with the initial source of the dysfunction often being far from where the pain is felt. A skilled MAA practitioner searches for this pattern and its source, evaluating the whole body and not just the problematic joint, and treats the related tissues. MAA treatment is comprised of precise gentle engagement and soft tissue mobilization of the associated bones, while looking at direct and indirect relationships between the bones of the body. As the source of a problem is released, symptoms will start to decrease.