What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy involves a wide variety of techniques that include direct hands-on treatment from the therapist. These techniques are used to address any dysfunction in soft tissue (muscles, skin, and fascia) and any joint dysfunction. Manual therapy is used to reduce muscle tension and guarding, increase circulation, break up scar tissue and aide in restoring normal mobility to the body.

What are the benefits?

Virtually all patients can benefit from having some type of manual therapy treatment integrated into their plan of care. Manual therapy is most effective when delivered as part of a comprehensive care plan involving prescribed exercise, including a home exercise program. From carpal tunnel syndrome to low back pain, this type of care can effectively reduce pain and improve movement. Your physical therapist may use spinal manipulation, joint and soft tissue mobilizations, dry needling, cupping and other therapies in your care.

Related Services

Many physical therapy services are commonly used in combination. Learn more about our related services.