Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a ‘hands-on’ treatment technique in which the therapist mobilizes a joint, muscle, or connective tissue, with pressure from their hands.  By applying a specific type of pressure, the therapist facilitates movement of stiff joints and tight muscles.  The gentle pressure applied by the therapist can also reduce tissue sensitivity and pain levels.

After a period of immobilization, such as time spent in a cast, it is normal to experience joint stiffness and muscle tightness.  Manual therapy techniques are effective at improving restricted movement and are used in conjunction with other treatment techniques.  After a manual therapy technique is applied, the client is provided with activity advice and a home exercise program.  Improvements made within a treatment session are maintained and enhanced by exercises performed at home.

Manual Therapy Techniques

Our therapists are trained in a variety of manual therapy techniques, including

  • Joint mobilization
  • Joint mobilization with movement
  • Joint manipulation
  • Soft tissue release
  • Soft tissue release with movement
  • Cupping
  • Cupping with movement
  • Scar massage
  • Massage
  • Instrument assisted massage
  • Muscle energy techniques

The Physical Therapist will select the most appropriate technique based on the client’s symptoms and presentation.  As the client’s pain levels decrease and mobility increases, the therapist will adapt the technique.  Our therapists combine evidence-based practice with their years of clinical experience when deciding which manual therapy technique will be most effective.

Questions? Give Us a Call

If you are on the lookout for manual therapy in Okotoks or manual therapy near me, you can feel confident in the broad range of manual therapy treatments offered at Okotoks Physical Therapy.  Do you have questions about physiotherapy or manual therapy?  We are here to help.  Fill out our convenient online form or contact us directly at (403) 938-2644.