What is Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy

Human touch is an essential ingredient in our treatment philosophy and approach.  As manual therapists, we use our highly trained sense of touch to determine the areas of tension in the body that are THE CAUSE of pain or dysfunction rather than relying on theoretical models that may explain symptoms.

What is Manual Therapy

The term ‘manual therapy’ refers to hands-on treatment of the body and it’s tissues. Manual therapy encompasses a broad group of sophisticated techniques performed by uniquely trained physical therapists. These may include mobilizations or manipulations of fascia, connective tissues, organs, and neurovascular tissues. Manual therapy techniques aim to address the source of pain, improve mobility and increase function.

In a tech-savvy world, machines and devices are regularly used to detect injury, monitor heart-rates, test for disease, determine if bones are broken, identify soft-tissue problems, and treat a wide range of other issues that a patient may face on any given day. This can lead to a perception that healthcare is less personal or hands-on. If you are looking for a more integrative and holistic approach to your health and wellness, Transform Manual Physical Therapy provides a very different experience as well as results!

Who is a Manual Therapist?

Not all are created equal!  While most physical therapy, chiropractic, and massage therapy services offer hands-on care, the level of skill and depth of knowledge varies greatly.  Numerous advanced training programs exist, and the extent of experience as well as the breadth of understanding of the human body and it’s systems are critical.  An integrative practitioner will offer the greatest likelihood of positive results.

Why Manual Therapy?

The answer is simple – it’s proven to get you healthier.

Patients respond positively to hands-on work when combined with movement and education. This leads to faster recovery and less out-of-pocket expenses.  Research comparing manual therapy and traditional physical therapy indicates that fewer visits may be needed when manual therapy treatment is used. (Ann Inter Med. 2002; 136:713-722.)

  • Quality Care – Numerous outcome studies demonstrate better results when physical therapists integrate manual therapy techniques. Pursuit of higher level training and credentials as a teaching assistant reflect our commitment to providing superior care and results which can been experienced on your first visit.

  • Cost Management – A large part of what differentiates Transform Manual Physical Therapy is the understanding of the human body and the co-dependence of the musculoskeletal, nervous, and vascular systems and the resulting dysfunctions that can arise.  Getting to the CAUSE of the problem early, combined with a frequency of visits every 2-4 weeks saves you money!

To touch is to give life.

Michelangelo