What is a manual therapy? Manual therapy is defined as: A clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to 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. [Definition from American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)].
What does that mean for you? It means here at Promotion Physical Therapy we have therapists who have undergone advanced skills training in order to provide the most effective, efficient and pain relieving hands-on techniques. These techniques include joint manipulations and soft tissue mobilization. Research has shown patients respond positively to hands-on work and when combined with exercise and education they get better faster, and STAY better.