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What Is Manual Therapy?

Publish Date
December 16, 2021

Manual Therapy is several different hands-on techniques that we use in the clinic, and each offers its own benefits.

We use Manual Therapy to help restore mobility, restore joint movement, decrease nerve tension, improve nerve mobility,

and help reduce pain. 

Many different techniques fall into the category of Manual Therapy. Some of these categories include but are not limited to:

Soft Tissue Mobilization:

Soft Tissue Mobilization helps to reduce soft tissue adhesions and help promote muscle, ligament, and tendon mobility.

Many different techniques make up soft tissue mobilizations, including soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage, retrograde

massage, and active release.

Joint Mobilizations:

Joint Mobilizations help regain joint mobility and reduce pain, allowing the synovial fluid within the joint space to lubricate

the joint and promote improved joint movement. Joint mobilizations can also help create space within the joint to allow for

improved mobility.

Muscle Energy Techniques:

Muscle Energy Techniques promote muscle activation to help correct shortened or weakened muscles restricting the movement

of a joint. We can perform these techniques at any joint. Still, we use most in the pelvis and neck.

Passive Range of Motion:

Passive Range of Motion allows the joint and tissues to be relaxed. At the same time, the therapist moves the joint, which helps

the joint capsule and tissues surrounding the joint be moved and stretched without resistance, allowing for less painful mobility.

Neural Mobilizations:

Neural Mobilizations are for those with nerve tension limiting movement or causing pain or numbness and tingling. Nerve Mobilizations

help to allow the nerves to move and prevent getting bound down or pinched as our bodies move.

Your Plan of Care at Comprehensive Physical Therapy:

Depending on your Physical Therapy Needs, you will most likely receive some form of Manual Therapy during your plan of care. Each care

plan is specific to each patient and targets what symptoms or limitations you may have. At Comprehensive Physical Therapy, we identify your

limits and utilize Manual Therapy techniques in conjunction with stretching and strengthening exercises to get you back to your daily activities

without limitations and give you the tools to prevent re-injury.

Comprehensive Physical Therapy can help you get rid of your pain. Call today at (985) 869-7221 and schedule your personalized evaluation with one of our Physical Therapists.

By Dr. Billy Beaudreau, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT


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