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What Is The Manual Physical Therapy?

Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy provided with the hands in contrast to a device or machine. In conjunction with therapeutic exercise, manual therapy is the most important part of physical therapy, helping patients decrease pain, regain range of motion and return to a normal level of activity. Manual therapy is not limited to a specific part of a body – any joint or muscle can actively be treated.
The main goal of hands-on therapy is mobilizing soft tissue and joints, improving muscle function, relaxing tense muscles, reducing soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or movement restriction, and increasing blood flow to injured areas. Physical therapists use a hands-on approach to accelerate patient’s recovery from injuries, decrease chronic pain and support perioperative rehabilitation.

What is manual therapy best for?

The manual therapy techniques:

Soft tissue techniques:

  • Massage
  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Functional mobilization
  • Scar mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Counterstrain
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Active Release Technique (ART)
  • Feldenkrais
  • Graston

Joint techniques:

  • Joint mobilization
  • Joint manipulation
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Mulligan techniques
  • Traction

Manual therapy at PDR

Here in PDR we are experts in hands-on therapy techniques. What makes us different from other physical therapy clinics is that we consider manual therapy as the primary component of your treatment plan. Both high-tech tools and therapeutic exercises are powerful complements to manual therapy, but a hands-on approach is the backbone of every patient’s treatment.
Before performing any type of hands-on treatment, our therapist will conduct a full assessment of bones, muscles as well as blood and nerve supply in the affected area. Depending on the results, we can implement one or a combination of different manual therapy techniques. Your treatment plan will be fitted to your unique needs and utilize the best physical therapy procedures for your specific conditions.