What is Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy uses hands-on techniques to assess and to restore movement and function of the body. The therapist feels through the joints testing for too much or too little motion. They feel through the muscles to determine if there is guarding or spasms. Therapists then use joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, manipulation, and myofascial trigger point release to treat the underlying dysfunction.
The therapist uses this hands-on assessment to determine your physical dysfunctions. This assessment then allows the therapist to decide what treatments and exercises will be most beneficial. A specific customized plan involves the use of manual techniques to correct movement. These treatments typically offer patients some immediate relief and allow them to tolerate specific exercises that help produce and maintain long-term corrections.