Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. Our physical therapists are specialized in manual therapy, which means they use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease back pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.
While all physical therapists have the option to use manual therapy in their practices, many don’t spend the time or the resources to become efficient in this area of practice. At Smart Body Physical Therapy, we understand the importance of this technique and use is as our patients needs require. Many conditions that practitioners treat with manual therapy are not demonstrated with imaging or lab tests but rather by using motion testing and treatment.
Manual therapy is an extremely valuable technique in physical therapy treatment able to be utilized for optimal recovery from various pain including but not limited to back, neck, pelvic, rotator cuff injuries, ACL or meniscus tears, pain related to multiple sclerosis, auto accidents and more.