What Is Manual Therapy?

What Is Manual Therapy?

Offered at our Beaver Dam, Morgantown, Leitchfield, & Providence, KY Locations

Manual therapy is the form of therapy that is performed with the hands. This form is generally used to treat patients that suffer from stress, pain or a lack of flexibility. Fuller Physical Therapy will implement manual therapy through massage, mobilization and manipulation.

Manual Therapy can include:

  • Massage: Pressure is applied to the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage can help relax muscles, increase circulation, and ease pain in the soft tissues.
  • Mobilization: Slow, measured movements are used to twist, pull, or push bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues around a joint and help with flexibility and alignment.
  • Manipulation: Pressure is applied to a joint. It can be done with the hands or a special device. The careful, controlled force used on the joint can range from gentle to strong and from slow to rapid.