Manual Therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing specific hands-on techniques, like – manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures to modulate 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
Modern manual therapy is a physical treatment mostly used by physiotherapists to treat musculoskeletal or sports injury pain and disability, it frequently includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation, etc.
Modern manual therapy is the skilled application of passive movement either within or beyond its active range of movement. This includes oscillatory technique, high velocity low amplitude thrust technique, sustained stretching and muscle energy techniques.
The Physiotherapist uses their hand to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.
Modern manual therapy can help you with restoring mobility, improving motor control, reducing pain, and improving the efficiency of movement.