Manual Therapy

The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) defines manual therapy techniques as: “Skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction.”

Treatment may include massage and myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation and neural tissue mobilisation.

Benefits include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved circulation – More oxygen is delivered to the muscles and waste products are removed.
  • Improved lymphatic drainage – Assists in the reduction of swelling and removal of waste products
  • Remodeling of scar tissue
  • Stimulation of nerves
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved proprioception
  • Relaxation
  • Decreased anxiety and stress
  • Increased body-awareness which can help you to identify injuries earlier