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Manual Therapy

Manual Physical Therapy

Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. Manual therapy is used as a way to relieve pain, reduce swelling, decrease restriction, improve range of motion, and mobilize joints. In order to do so, your physical therapist will conduct targeted massages and stretches to the affected part(s) of your body.


In manual therapy, Physical Therapists use their hands to mobilize soft tissue for pain relief and tissue healing. Manual therapy does not use medication and in conjunction with therapeutic exercise is beneficial to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal aches and pains – both acute and chronic.

Manual therapy also helps the patient regain range of movement in their joints and improves overall musculoskeletal function. Manual therapy reduces soft tissue inflammation and is a crucial part of recovery. Our Physical Therapists will utilize manual therapy along with other appropriate treatment methodologies to help recover from your injury. Some of the manual physical therapy methods are:

Patients often get diagnosed with a pulled muscle in their back and are instructed to treat it with rest, ice and massage. While these techniques feel good, the pain often returns because the muscle spasm is in response to a restricted joint. Joint mobilization involves loosening up the restricted joint and increasing its range of motion.

Soft Tissue Mobilization:

It is important to recognize the role of muscles and their attachments around the joints. This procedure is commonly applied to the musculature surrounding the spine, and consists of rhythmic stretching and deep pressure. The therapist will localize the area of greatest tissue restriction through layer-by-layer assessment.

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