We believe that manual therapy can be a great tool for sensory input and overall perception to increase the movement of specific areas of the body. The use of hands can be invaluable to the effectiveness of the overall treatment and assists with much more than just the physical aspects of the pathology or injury we are addressing. While we believe that manual therapy provides short term effects, we can use those short term affects in conjunction with long term treatments to implement the most effective treatment plan possible.
*From the APTA Guide to PT Practice
Manual therapy techniques are skilled hand movements and skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissue and are intended to improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; induce relaxation; mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. Techniques may include manual lymphatic drainage, manual traction, massage, mobilization/manipulation, and passive range of motion.
Physical therapists select, prescribe, and implement manual therapy techniques when the examination findings, diagnosis, and prognosis indicate use of these techniques to decrease edema, pain, spasm, or swelling; enhance health, wellness, and fitness; enhance or maintain physical performance; increase the ability to move; or prevent or remediate impairment in body functions and structures, activity limitations, or participation restrictions to improve physical function.