Manual physical therapy and occupational therapy is a specialized form of therapy which is performed with the hands as opposed to a mechanical device or equipment. It is a clinical approach that utilizes skilled, specific hands-on techniques that the therapists at Ability have been educated to perform in order to assess and treat dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system.
There are many different techniques of manual therapy. Therapists may use their hands to manipulate and mobilize muscle tissues and joints in order to:
- Reduce pain
- Increase mobility and flexibility
- Reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation
- Induce relaxation
- Improve tissue repair/extensibility/stability
- Facilitate movement
- Improve function
Manual therapy techniques can be used to help the recovery process of nearly any injury.