What is manual therapy?
A wide variety of treatments fall under the manual therapy umbrella. The most common thread is that they all involve direct contact from the therapist, with or without using a supplemental tool. These techniques can be divided into two categories: soft tissue and joint. During soft tissue work, the therapist applies pressure to specific soft tissue areas to relax muscles, increase circulation and break up scar tissue. When a therapist performs joint techniques, they use measured movements to push, pull or twist joints to loosen, release pressure and improve flexibility and alignment.