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Manual Therapy

Manual therapy techniques are skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissues performed by a skilled Physical Therapist. Physical therapists select, prescribe, and implement manual therapy techniques when the examination findings, diagnosis, and prognosis indicate use of these techniques to decrease edema, pain, spasm, or swelling; enhance health, wellness, and fitness; enhance or maintain physical performance; increase the ability to move; or prevent or remediate impairment in body functions and structures, activity limitations, or participation restrictions to improve physical function.


  • Improve tissue extensibility
  • Increase range of motion
  • Induce relaxation
  • Mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints
  • Modulate pain
  • Reduce soft tissue swelling
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce joint and soft tissue restriction

Types of Manual Therapy

  • Traction
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Active Release Techniques
  • Passive Range of Motion
  • Lymph Drainage
  • Neural Stretching
  • Joint Stretching
  • Passive Intervertebral Movements
  • Mobilization with Movement
  • Passive Accessory Joint Mobilizations
  • Joint Manipulations
  • Instrument assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Cross Friction Massage