Manual Therapy

Manual physical therapy is a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to mobilization. These techniques are used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain, increasing range of motion, reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation, inducing relaxation, improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, facilitating movement, and improving function. Manual therapy has been shown to be more effective than exercise alone in treating certain orthopedic conditions. Family Physical Therapy specializes in manual therapy techniques.

What service does our clinic provide with regards to manual physical therapy?

  • Joint mobilizations of the extremities and spine
  • Myofascial release/soft tissue mobilization
  • Manually resisted exercise techniques
  • Cross-friction massage Muscle energy techniques
  • Manual traction Strain-counterstrain

To maximize the effects of the manual physical therapy, an exercise program will also be taught. The goal of the exercise program is to reinforce the hands-on work done by your therapist.