What is Manual Physical Therapy?
Manual Physical Therapy is a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/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.1,2 C.O.R.E. Physical Therapy specializes in manual therapy techniques.
What services does our clinic provide with regards to Manual Physical Therapy?
Many of the physical therapists at C.O.R.E. Physical Therapy have advanced training in manual physical therapy. Within this approach, techniques employed are:
- Joint Manipulation/Mobilizations of the Extremities and Spine
- Myofascial Release/Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Manually Resisted Exercise Techniques
- Cross-Friction Massage
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Manual Traction
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.
1. Bang MD, Deyle GD. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2000 Mar;30(3):126-37.
2. Deyle GD, Allison SC, Matekel RL, Ryder MG, Stang JM, Gohdes DD, Hutton JP, Henderson NE, Garber MB. Phys Ther. 2005 Dec;85(12):1301-17.