Within the physical therapy profession, manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled and specific hands-on techniques.
- Manipulation/mobilization -- used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain
- Increasing range of motion (ROM)
- Reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation
- Inducing relaxation
- Improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability
- Facilitating movement; and improving function
At the Center for Physical Health our therapists tend to take a manual approach -- we consider ourselves manual therapists.