Manual Therapy

Manual therapy techniques are skilled hand movements and skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissue that are intended to improve tissue extensibility. These techniques can also be used to increase range of motion, induce relaxation, mobilize soft tissue and joints, modulate pain, and reduce soft tissue swelling or inflammation. Techniques may include manual lymphatic drainage, manual traction, soft tissue mobilization, manipulation of joints, and passive range of motion. Physical therapists select, prescribe and implement manual therapy techniques when the examination findings, diagnosis, and prognosis indicate use of these techniques. Combined with other therapy techniques, manual therapy can increase the ability to move and improve physical function, ultimately improving quality of life.