Manual Therapy

Woman receiving manual physical therapy

Manual therapy is a group of specialized, hands-on therapeutic techniques used to treat musculoskeletal pain, restore joint mobility, and reduce muscle stiffness & tension.

Manual therapy can be used to increase flexibility, improve range of motion, decrease pain, and relax muscles.

Treatment includes manipulation and kneading of soft tissue & muscles, joint mobilization & manipulation, and passive stretching techniques, which may be used separately or in combination with each other.

A technique aimed at taking a joint beyond its typical range of motion with a quick, thrust-like motion in order to decrease pain and improve range of motion.

Joint mobilization utilizes repetitive, slow oscillations within a joint’s normal range of motion, which encourages mobility and helps to increase range of motion. Mobilization can be used to pull, push, or twist joints into the correct position.

Passive stretching is used to lengthen or extend an individual muscle or group of muscles in order to increase flexibility and range of motion.

Manual therapy requires a more complete understanding of the body’s anatomy, mechanics, and functional movement. Our skilled therapists utilize soft-tissue massage as a way to relieve pain, reduce swelling, improve range of motion, and increase mobility. Our therapists utilize their advanced training and knowledge in anatomy and pathology to care for your body’s specific needs. Soft-tissue massage may be used in additional to other manual therapy techniques or on its own.

For most of our patients, manual therapy is a covered service as part of their physical therapy benefits. As long as physical therapy is an approved and covered service by your insurance carrier and manual therapy is medically necessary & appropriate, you should be covered. Please note, you will be responsible for any copays, coinsurance, or additional charges set by your insurance carrier.