Manual therapy is a specialized hands-on treatment approach used by physiotherapists to assess, diagnose, and treat musculoskeletal conditions and movement disorders. It encompasses a variety of techniques aimed at restoring mobility, reducing pain, and improving function in joints, muscles, and soft tissues throughout the body.

At South Edmonton Chiropractic Clinic, our skilled physiotherapists are trained in a wide range of manual therapy techniques, which may include:

  • Joint mobilizations: Gentle, rhythmic movements applied to the joints to improve mobility, reduce stiffness, and restore normal joint function.
  • Soft tissue mobilization: Techniques such as massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy to address muscle tightness, adhesions, and areas of soft tissue restriction.
  • Manipulation: High-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts applied to specific joints to restore normal joint mechanics, reduce pain, and improve range of motion.
  • Muscle energy techniques: Gentle stretching and contraction techniques used to improve muscle flexibility, joint alignment, and neuromuscular control.
  • Neural mobilization: Techniques to address nerve mobility and reduce neural tension, often beneficial for conditions such as sciatica or nerve entrapment syndromes.
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF): Patterns of movement and resistance used to improve neuromuscular control, coordination, and strength.

Manual therapy techniques are often integrated into individualized treatment plans based on thorough assessment findings and patient goals. They can be effective for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Arthritis
  • Pre and post-surgical rehabilitation

If you’re experiencing pain, stiffness, or movement limitations, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physiotherapists and discover how manual therapy can help you move better and feel better.