New Study: Manual therapy helps patients recover from heart surgery.
When patients undergo open heart surgery there can be quite a difficult recovery. One of the reasons is that they have their breast plate (sternum) removed during the surgery. This can lead to a lot of pain and limitation in movement and longer hospital stays.
A study published in 2017 in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery suggested that manipulation therapy can be of great benefit. The patients targeted in the study had recently gone through open heart surgery. They found the manipulative care to significantly reduce pain and improve recovery when compared to regular care. Also, their hospital stays were shorter.