Older woman having physiotherapy using a resistance band

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a technique where physiotherapists use their hands to manipulate, mobilise and massage the body tissues. It can help to relieve the pain and stiffness, improve movement and blood circulation, and promote relaxation.

The natural healing effects of human touch is at the heart of manual therapy

Manual therapy is based on an assessment of the restrictions to the normal range of movement and compensatory movements that may be preventing healing. Treatment may include moving joints in specific directions and at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilization and manipulation), muscle stretching and passive movements of the affected body part. Having the patient move against the therapist’s resistance or using theraband can improve muscle activation and timing. Selected specific soft tissue techniques may help improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles.

Manual therapy is made more effective when reinforced by home exercises specifically designed to restore normal functioning of the soft-tissues and joints.

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