Manual therapy is characterized by one-on-one, hands-on techniques applied to joints or soft tissue. Goals of manual therapy may include:

  • increasing joint range of motion,
  • reducing inflammation,
  • increasing strength and flexibility,
  • reducing soft tissue tightness or muscle spasm,
  • improving circulation to promote tissue healing, and
  • improving soft tissue integrity (e.g. scar tissue mobilization).

Manual therapy has been proven to be a valuable component of treatment for a variety of conditions including:

  • Acute low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pinched nerves
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip or knee
  • Lateral epicondyalgia