Manual Therapy

manual therapy.pngManual Therapy (hands on therapy) is one of the original and most effective techniques that a Physiotherapist may use to help individuals alleviate pain, improve joint mobility and muscle function.

Manual Therapy includes:

  • soft tissue work (e.g. massage, myofascial release, muscle trigger point release)
  • joint mobilizations (passive movement of the joint to improve joint health and range of motion)
  • joint manipulation (passive movement of the joint with cavitation for mobility, therapeutic effects and pain relief)
  • passive stretching
  • muscle activation techniques
  • PhysioYoga with hands on adjustmentsIMG_9638

As stated by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT), Manual Therapy is defined as: “Skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction.” More information about Manual Therapy can be found at PhysioPedia.