Manual therapy is any hands-on treatment your physical therapist uses to help you regain motion, improve muscle performance, or simply reduce pain. You may hear manual therapy referred to as massage, joint mobilization, manipulation, stretching, or passive range of motion—and all of these may be a part of your treatment plan.
Manual therapy improves functional outcomes and helps you get back to 100%—our physical therapists here at Athens Physical Therapy are skilled and have advanced certifications in hands-on techniques that will get you back to what you love, faster.
Here are some examples of manual therapy that you may encounter as a patient:
Manual therapy is frequently used in combination with exercise and other activities to treat a variety of conditions including:
Manual therapy is particularly beneficial for the following:
Physical therapists who use manual techniques will make sure you are comfortable with any technique they choose to use. They may ask that you wear clothing that exposes the skin of the affected area, and they will set expectations about what the technique will feel like. Some techniques, such as massage or mobilization, may feel uncomfortable while they are being performed, but improve with repetition or feel better afterwards. Don’t be afraid to provide your therapist with feedback!
Stiff and painful joints? Recovering from a back strain? Whatever the injury may be, our skilled manual therapists will provide you with the perfect balance of hands-on treatment and exercise to get you moving and back to life. Schedule an appointment today!