Orthopedic Manual Therapy is a specialized area of physical therapy for the management of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, using highly specific treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises.
Manual therapists are physical therapists who have completed stringent post-graduation certification programs in the field of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Manual therapy is a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including, but not limited to, manipulation/mobilization of joint, nerves and soft tissue. The techniques require accurately determined and specifically directed manual force to the involved body parts in order to improve mobility in areas that are restricted.
Certified manual therapists diagnose and treat nerve, soft tissue and joint structures for the purpose of reducing pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and stability; facilitating movement; and improving function.