Manual Physical Therapy is 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).
Many conditions of joint, muscle or even peripheral nerve tissue involve posture, abnormal muscle tone, or movement pattern imbalances. These conditions are often believed to be primarily an inflammatory condition, when actually the primary source is a combination of joint restrictions and associated unrecognized faulty movement, walking, or postural patterns. In some cases, a whole person approach is needed to restore normal life-long posture and movement patterns. For example, an ongoing knee or back problem may require correction of a faulty foot/ankle posture problem so that standing, walking and running patterns are balanced. Our Manual Physical Therapists identify and correct joint capsule and abnormal muscle tone restrictions, but also “go the extra mile” to correct key postural and movement pattern abnormalities to carry over for life-long success! Our therapists provide progression through essential “functional challenges” to verify that each person is successful for their individual lifestyle and high demand community level physical activities.
Our therapists have many years of experience and advanced training in the subspecialty of Manual Physical Therapy and take both a mechanical, multi-joint approach and a “ neuro” approach to the examination and treatment of complex spine, joint and soft tissue impairment. We assess each person’s
Our Physical Therapists will help you identify and correct abnormal posture, restrictions of joint movement, abnormal neuro-muscular tone and patterns that can be the source of postural problems, muscle weakness, a faulty muscle “firing” patterns, or one cause of excessive fatigue with daily function skills.
Physical Therapists reduce muscle spasm, a type of muscle weakness called “neural inhibition”, and abnormal protective muscle tone which causes the pain not successfully managed long-term by rest, pain meds, anti-inflammatory treatments like injections, or traditional exercise.
Through manual physical therapy we help you with the recovery of your healthy posture, balance, self-management skills, strength and mobility -- so you can return to safe and productive home, work, community level functions, as well as travel, fitness, sports – back to living!