What is Manual Therapy?
Manual therapy is a specialized physical therapy method that utilizes specific, hands-on techniques 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.
Manual Therapy can include but not restricted to the use of soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, kinesio taping, dry needling, muscle energy techniques.
Being skilled in these muscular techniques is what sets physical therapists apart from other health care practitioners. Since there are many different types of manual therapy techniques, a physical therapist will be able to determine which technique best fits your needs.