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Manual therapy is a hands-on  physical therapy treatment  for the management of orthopedic conditions.

Mobile Physical Therapy: Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a hands-on physical therapy treatment for the management of orthopedic conditions. Basically, manual therapy is for those suffering from: low-back pain, neck pain, ankle and foot pain, knee and hip pain, headaches, and shoulder pain

Mobile Physical Therapy:
Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a hands-on physical therapy treatment for the management of orthopedic conditions. Basically, manual therapy is for those suffering from: low-back pain, neck pain, ankle and foot pain, knee and hip pain, headaches, and shoulder pain

Manual physical therapy is used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of:

  • Restoring Range of Motion (ROM)
  • Inducing relaxation
  • Improving muscle power
  • Facilitating movement
  • Improving function and sports performance

In manual therapy, your PT will work on joint mobilization and manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, and myofascial release. Manual therapy techniques followed up by specific therapeutic and neuromuscular exercise is a key ingredient to high quality orthopedic physical therapy that will get you on the road to being pain free, long term!

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Eric Finger is fellowship trained in Manual Therapy and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy.

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Studies show that Manual Therapy really does work!

“A skilled manual therapist using joint mobilization and manipulation is able to affect multiple systems within the patient. These range from improved mobility at the joint and surrounding tissues to the release of endogenous hormones (i.e endorphins) which interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling in the body. Additionally, there is evidence suggesting that manual therapy has anti-inflammatory effects by activation of receptors in the peripheral nervous system.”

This might sound like a bit of a foreign language. Let’s break it down. With Manual Therapy, physical therapists affect multiple areas of your body, not just the part they are working on currently. Through this physical therapy, your joints will move better which will release endorphins that make you happier! Plus, Manual Therapy has been found to reduce inflammation overall.

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Manual Therapy FAQs

Manual therapy is a subset of physical therapy. Many people think it’s something different, but it’s actually part of the physical therapy family! In this kind of therapy, a physical therapist is more “hands-on” and works with their hands on the patient to help provide treatment. Several other techniques are more “hands-off,” where patients can do the exercises or movements themselves. Some “hands-off” methods require equipment or tools where most work is done by the patient and the physical therapist assists. Our physical therapists come equipped with all these tools, so you never have to work about bringing anything except yourself to your manual therapy appointments!

Examples of manual Therapy (“hands-on techniques”) include the following: 

  • Joint Mobilization
  • Joint Manipulation
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Functional mobilization
  • Active release technique (ART)
  • Massage
  • Manual lymph drainage

Studies show that manual therapy is very effective. For example, one study published in Physical Therapy Effectiveness conducted by Paolo Bizzarri and Andrea Foglia states, “Manual Therapy is an extremely effective therapeutic method in managing patients with pain and musculoskeletal disorders. Manual therapy can have a very positive effect, leading to rapid and significant improvements when properly applied in accordance with the specific clinical picture and the individual patient.

After completing your FREE discovery session phone call or virtual video chat, a physical therapist will come to you at your home or office. They will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine which course of treatment you will need. Then, you’ll set up a time for our manual physical therapist to visit you on a regular basis, and they will work with you through various exercises that are hands-on to help you work towards your pain free goals.

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