Manual Therapy is also referred to as hands-on physiotherapy, manual therapy uses no devices or machines. Instead, physical therapists use their hands while performing skilled, specific hands-on techniques. In general, includes soft tissue work and mobilization/manipulation.
When performing soft tissue work, therapists apply pressure to the soft tissues of the body, like the muscles. This pressure can help relax muscles, increase blood circulation, break down scar tissue, and reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation.
With this therapy, physical therapists can also mobilize and manipulate joints. Mobilization/manipulation techniques assist to relieve pain, correct joint mechanics, and allow for an early return to exercises and daily function.