Manual Physical Therapy

Manual physical therapy is a certified specialty in which hands-on treatment is combined with exercise to improve joint motion, maximize muscle strength and restore efficient, coordinated movements as they apply to daily activities.

Sentara offers the skills of certified manual therapists (MTCs) to help in assessing and treating conditions that affect muscles, fascia, nerves and joints.

Conditions that may respond to manual physical therapy include:

  • Pain and loss of mobility in the low back and neck
  • Sports- and work-related injuries
  • Pain caused by injury or postural defects
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain from degenerative arthritis of hip or knee
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Headache

Manual physical therapy techniques include:

  • Joint mobilization and manipulation
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Stretching
  • Myofascial release (stretching the fascia, the thin tissue covering muscles)
  • Home exercise mobilization techniques to continue therapeutic improvements

Goals of manual physical therapy:

  • Decreased pain
  • Increased mobility and range of motion
  • Increased stability and  strength
  • Greater independence and functional capacity