Manual Therapy

The Kinetic Chain Physical Therapy: Manual TherapyManual therapy is defined as the skillful use of the hands to mobilize/manipulate joints, massage and lengthen soft tissues, and to monitor and facilitate improved neuromuscular control. The strength of this approach is that it requires considerable one on one time between the therapist and patient.

There are many manual therapy techniques, and after a comprehensive evaluation, the therapist would decide which techniques would work best for the individual patient. Different techniques include:

  • Myofascial Release
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization/Release Techniques
  • Maitland/Australian Approach
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization/Release Techniques
  • McKenzie Method
  • Mulligan Concept
  • PNF
  • Visceral Release
  • Mechanical Link
  • Strain-Counterstrain

Manual therapy techniques are often performed while the patient is performing a specific movement pattern. This functional approach allows for facilitation of the neuro-muscular system and produces a faster and longer lasting healthy outcome.