Manual therapy, also known as manipulative therapy, is often used by chiropractors, physiotherapists, and massage therapists. Manual therapy has the goal of treating musculoskeletal pain and disability using common techniques such as kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization, and joint manipulation.
Manual therapy is a clinical approach to utilizing specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation and mobilization. It is used by the therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures to modulate pain; increase range of motion; reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and noncontractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function (Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy).
Manual therapy is commonly known as chiropractic adjustments in chiropractic treatment.
Although there are many styles of manual therapy found in various professions such as physiotherapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic, some of the common techniques include myofascial therapy, massage, soft tissue techniques, stretching, and taping.
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