What is manual therapy?

A wide variety of treatments fall under the manual therapy umbrella, but the most common thread is that they all involve direct contact from the therapist, with or without supplemental tools. These techniques can be divided into two categories: soft tissue and joint. During soft tissue work, the therapist applies pressure to specific soft tissue areas. During joint techniques, they use measured movements to push, pull, or mobilize joints to loosen, release pressure and improve flexibility and alignment.

What are the benefits?

Virtually all patients can benefit from having some type of manual therapy treatment integrated into their care plan. 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, joint, and soft tissue mobilizations, dry needling, cupping, and other therapies in your care.