Manual therapy is a specialized hands-on treatment technique used by physical therapists to help you regain motion, improve muscle performance, or simply reduce pain. It can be referred to as massage, joint mobilization, manipulation, stretching, or passive range of motion. At ProFizix Physical Therapy & Wellness, our physical therapists are skilled in a variety of manual therapy techniques to help you recover faster and get back to doing what you love.
Joint Mobilization – This involves gently moving the affected joint in a specific direction to increase its range of motion and reduce pain.
Joint Manipulation – This is a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust applied to the affected joint to increase mobility and reduce pain.
Joint Distraction – This technique involves pulling or separating the joint surfaces to create space and reduce pressure on the joint.
Myofascial Release – This technique involves applying gentle pressure to the connective tissue to release tension and improve mobility.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) – This involves using the patient’s own muscle contractions to improve joint function and reduce pain.
Scar Tissue Mobilization – This technique involves using manual pressure to break up scar tissue that may be causing pain or limiting motion.
Soft Tissue Mobilization – This technique involves using manual pressure to release tension in muscles and improve blood flow.
Tendon Cross Friction Mobilization – This technique involves applying pressure to the affected tendon to reduce pain and promote healing.
Manual therapy is frequently used in combination with exercise and other activities to treat a variety of conditions such as:
At ProFizix Physical Therapy & Wellness, our physical therapists will make sure you are comfortable with any technique they choose to use. They may ask you to wear clothing that exposes the skin of the affected area, and they will set expectations about what the technique will feel like. Some techniques may feel uncomfortable while they are being performed, but improve with repetition or feel better afterward. Don’t be afraid to provide your therapist with feedback!
If you’re experiencing stiffness, pain, or limited mobility, schedule an appointment with our skilled manual therapists. We’ll provide you with the perfect balance of hands-on treatment and exercise to get you moving and back to life.