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Manual Therapy Techniques

The term manual therapy refers to a hands-on treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints as opposed to using a device or machine. In manual therapy, therapists use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction. Manual therapy techniques aim to increase function as well.

In our treatment philosophy, it is essential to be hands-on with our patients and for good reason. Patients respond positively to hands-on work when combined with exercise and education. This leads to faster recovery and less out-of-pocket expenses. Manual therapy encompasses a broad group of sophisticated techniques performed by our uniquely trained physical therapists. These may include:

  • Orthopedic manual physical therapy techniques (OMPT)
  • Joint mobilization
  • Joint manipulation
  • Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
  • Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
  • DiMaggio techniques
  • Mulligan Technique
  • Muscle energy techniques (MET)
  • Myofascial decompression (MFD)
  • Myofascial release (MFR)
  • McKenzie trained techniques
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Stanley Paris Technique
  • Strain-counterstrain
  • Visceral manipulation
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