Manual therapy is literally “hands-on” physical therapy. Manual treatment techniques are delivered with the hands of the therapist as opposed to a device or machine. Manual therapy is used to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability. Our therapists use their hands to manipulate the muscles and joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension and joint dysfunction. Manual therapy treatments include soft tissue mobilization/massage, joint mobilization and manipulation, and mobilization of neural tissues with nerve glides. These manual therapy interventions are used to improve range of motion (ROM), reduce soft tissue inflammation, facilitate movement and improve function.
Having a physical therapist utilize specific and skilled hands-on techniques to physically correct and assist healing results in more successful and quicker recoveries. For many chronic pain patients manual therapy skills may be the best or only way to break the pattern of dysfunction and decrease pain and improve function.
At Excel Physical Therapy, you can expect some form of manual therapy to occur during your course of treatment with us.