Manual Therapy

Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, practitioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.

As a group, manual physical therapy techniques are aimed at relaxing tense muscles and restricted joints in order to decrease pain and increase mobility. In general, manual physical therapy techniques employ the following types of movement:

Soft tissue work, including massage, which applies pressure to the soft tissues of the body such as the muscles. This pressure can help relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissue, and ease pain in the soft tissues.

Mobilization/manipulation, which uses measured movements of varying speed (slow to fast), force (gentle to forceful), and distances (called ‘amplitude’) to twist, pull, or push bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues around a joint, reduce pain in a joint and surrounding tissue, and help with flexibility and alignment.

Key Treatments


Check out all 6 of our key treatments to learn more about our methodology.

Physical Therapy
Dry Needling
Running Evaluation
Manual Therapy
Online Programming
Clinical Bike Fitting

Contact Us

Matthew Stevens, Owner, DPT
matt@pure-physio.com

Ryan Summers, PT, DPT, CSCS
ryan@pure-physio.com

Amanda Barnhart, PT, DPT
amanda@pure-physio.com


CONTACT US

OFFICE LOCATION

Ph: 440.334.1315
Fx: 440.334.1316
11969 Prospect Rd
Strongsville, OH 44149