Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy Q & A

What is Manual Therapy?

Manual Therapy is defined as skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restrictions.

Treatment may include moving joints in specific directions and at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilization and manipulation), muscle stretching, passive movements of the affected body part, or having the patient move the body part against the therapist’s resistance to improve muscle activation and timing. Selected specific soft tissue techniques may also be used to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles. Techniques Utilized:

  • Manual Traction to Specific Joints, Cervical/Lumbar Spine
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization/ Massage
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Active Release Techniques.
  • Graston/Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Active-Assisted Range of Motion
  • Passive Range of Motion
  • Stretching (musculature, neural tissue, joints, fascia)
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Joint Manipulation
  • Dry Needling
Who is a candidate for Manual Therapy?

Treatment approaches are different for each individual and are determined through after a thorough examination of the musculoskeletal system by your Physical Therapist. Once the Therapist concludes the best course of treatment, they will discuss this with you to assist with a better understanding of your limitations, the treatment recommended, and reasoning of why it is needed.

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