What Is Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy in which therapists use their hands to apply varying amounts of pressure, stretching, or mobilization to joints, muscles and tissues to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability. Manual Therapy is an integral component of physical therapy intervention due to the complex relationship between pain and dysfunction.

Benefits of Manual Therapy Include:

  • Pain Reduction (back/neck/muscles/joints)
  • Increased Range of Motion/Joint Function
  • Strength Enhancement and Flexibility
  • Improved Vascular Circulation
  • Retrain Functional Movement Patterns
  • Reduction of Swelling and Inflammation
  • McKenzie Technique
  • Muscle Energy
  • Cranial Sacra Therapy

Manual Therapy Techniques:

Techniques employed in manual therapy are designed to help the body facilitate a faster and stronger recovery from injury or dysfunction. At Synergy Physical Therapy Group, our physical therapists utilize a variety manual therapy techniques to restore joint integrity, while implementing a wide range of soft/deep tissue techniques to help maximize mobility and increase range of motion.

Manual Therapy Techniques Include:

  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Joint Manipulation
  • Neural Mobilization
  • Visceral Mobilization
  • Myofascial Release
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Strain and Counterstrain

Given the unique nature of each patient’s injury or condition, the amount of manual therapy required will depend on the individual needs of each patient. Some patients may require a treatment program designed with a high amount of manual therapy intervention, while others may focus on more of a traditional exercise therapy regimen. Treatment is determined on an individual basis and our therapist will develop a comprehensive treatment program that best meet the needs of each patient.