Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a physical treatment primarily used by physiotherapists to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability; it mostly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization, and joint manipulation. This therapy is applied to improve tissue extensibility, increase the range of motion, induce relaxation, mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints, modulate pain, and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or movement restriction.

Causes for Manual Therapy

  • Muscle Tension and Spasm: Manual therapy helps relax muscle tension and break the cycle of muscle spasms by increasing blood circulation to the affected area, thereby promoting healing and relaxation.
  • Joint Dysfunction: When joints become stiff or move improperly, manual therapy techniques can be used to increase joint mobility, reduce pain, and improve function by manually mobilizing the affected joints.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: This includes injuries to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Manual therapy aids in promoting healing and reducing pain through techniques that improve circulation, decrease scar tissue, and enhance mobility.
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation: After surgery, manual therapy is used to prevent joint stiffness, improve range of motion, reduce pain, and facilitate the overall recovery process by manually manipulating and mobilizing the affected areas.
  • Chronic Pain Conditions: For conditions like fibromyalgia or chronic back pain, manual therapy can help manage pain, improve movement patterns, and increase quality of life through various hands-on techniques that address both soft tissue and joint structures.

Role of PhysioAdviserIndia in Manual Therapy 

PhysioAdviserIndia excels in providing comprehensive physiotherapy services, with skilled physiotherapists focusing on effective manual therapy techniques for conditions like ankle sprains and sports injuries. Their expertise ensures rapid healing, improved mobility, and robust rehabilitation, aiming for long-term health and injury prevention.


What conditions can manual therapy treat?

Manual therapy is effective for a wide range of conditions including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, headaches, sports injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation. It addresses both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions by improving movement, reducing pain, and enhancing function.

Is manual therapy painful?

While some techniques may cause discomfort during treatment, manual therapy should not be painful. Therapists are trained to apply techniques appropriately to minimize discomfort and will adjust their approach based on patient feedback and tolerance.

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