What Is Manual Therapy?

What Is Manual Therapy?

Offered at our Leitchfield, Beaver Dam, Princeton, Morgantown and 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.