The treatment of an injury of traumatic origin has some characteristics that are important to remember. The whole being experiences the trauma. The body goes through the motions as a reaction to the forces that are exerted on it.
The senses are tracking the occurrence as well, locking the reaction in the primal aspects of the nervous system. Emotional reactions trigger the limbic system, creating a knot of sorts. The knot is the feeling, (often a sense of helplessness) that is enmeshed with physical trauma. And much like a knot, pushing, prodding or pulling tends to do little to untie the knot.
A story is then constructed, in order to live with, understand, and or explain what happened. Here the intellect gets involved, and through itʼs own belief, aids in the deepening and hardening of the traumatic pattern.
The hands-on aspect of manual therapy offers access to these systems, in a way that is different than dialogue alone.
Additionally, there is often a somatic pattern that follows a traumatic event. These patterns may manifest as limited and or painful movement. Or loss of other physical capacities. Such as endurance, strength, fatigue, and others.
It is useful to gently physically engage these patterns, as a way of working through them.