Athlete having manual therapy- calf muscle massage.

Many patients with acute or chronic pain and joint stiffness and muscle tension can benefit from manual therapy.

Manual therapy is a clinical approach based on skilled “hands on” therapy to decrease pain and improve the mobility of joints, soft tissues and nerves.

At physio for All, our physiotherapists and osteopaths have developed highly skills manual therapy during their studies and through further postgraduate training.

Manual therapy is used to assess, diagnose and treat a variety of symptoms and conditions.

Physiotherapists will usually combine manual therapy with exercise prescription and rehabilitation which will lead to a faster recovery of your function.

Benefits of Manual Therapy

  • Modulate pain
  • Increase joints mobility to stiff joints and range of motion
  • Improve tissue repair
  • Improving tissue stability and extensibility
  • Reduce soft-tissue inflammation
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Induce relaxation
  • Facilitate movement and exercise therapy

Manual Therapy techniques

  • Manual joints mobilisation or manipulation

Their aim is to increase joint mobility and a pain-free range of movement as well as a better circulation within the joint.

Joint mobilisations are skilled passive movements of varied intensities and amplitudes applied to a joint.

Joint manipulations are a passive movement with high velocity and low amplitude applied to a joint.

Manual joints mobilisation or manipulation
  • Manual soft tissues therapy

Manual therapy of the soft tissues is the application of manual pressure to the skin, muscles and tendons, ligaments and fascia. The most common soft tissue manual techniques are:

  • ,Deep tissue massage, sports and therapeutic massage, manual lymphatic drainage
  • Muscle Energy techniques
  • Myofascial Release address the restrictions in the fascia. Fascia is a web of connective tissue covering and connecting the muscles, joints and organs within the whole body.
  • Trigger points release. Myofascial trigger points (MTPs) are focal areas of tenderness within a muscle belly which usually respond to a referred pain at the distance of the point.
  • Neural mobilisation is the mobilisation and gliding of the nerves.
  • Visceral Manipulation “is a gentle manual technique to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the internal organs (or viscera) and their connective tissue”. JP Barral

Not sure if we can help you? Need skilled “hands-on” therapy for your stiff joints or tight muscles?

If you have questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us

What our patients say

  • Comparing my recovery to unfortunate friends who had a similar ACL and MCL skiing injury, I have had far smoother and faster results , which I believe is fully attributable to the regular, motivational and professional treatment from Physio For Al. Thank you so much!

  • I had some physio sessions both for post-natal perineal rehab after my second child and during my pregnancy when expecting my third child to relief me from back. With each session I felt better. Christine is a lovely practitioner who knows the woman body inside out, truly cares and is the expert. I would 100% recommend her and her practice for any pregnancy post-natal treatment.

  • I’ve been using Physio For All for 17 years, prior to that I’d never used physio. It sorted out issues I’d had for 30 years. All the therapists have been outstanding. I recommend you all the time! Thank you for your excellent and caring service.

  • My Physio has been excellent working with me through a long rehab post-surgery. I am now able to participate in sports at the same level as before injury. This is far surpassing even my own expectations I wholeheartedly recommend Physio For All to anyone who wishes to be able to return to full, normal activity following injury.

  • I had incontinence issues after given birth due to a very weak pelvic floor. Things I could not do anymore including running and I thought that would be the case for the rest of my life. After a couple of months of treatment things have now dramatically improved. Thanks a lot Christine for all your help!

  • I came to the physio to deal with an incredibly sore Achilles that has severely hampered my ability to exercise. After several sessions with Francois I am back to cycling again – running to be taken up again soon too – and pain free. The clinic staff are also lovely and the opening hours are super convenient.

  • I came to Physio For All as I had been here in the past for plantar fasciitis. I would recommend them to a friend as they are very helpful, calm and have your best interest at heart. I felt very happy with my PT session and more relaxed than I was anticipating. The PT was friendly, empathetic and kind, Plus, the price is very good for this service.

  • I have had ongoing back, shoulder and neck pain. My treatment at Physio For All has taught me exercises to strengthen my muscles and relieve pain and I have felt a huge improvement. I think the staff are excellent, experienced, sympathetic and extremely helpful. I have recommended Physio for All to many friends. I now come regularly for a massage to help prevent the build-up of tension.

  • I have always had a tight back and was having regular sessions, but when I had my broken ankle accident through tennis, that’s when Jose at Physio for All became vital to me! I would not have got through the past 3 years without my regular sessions with him! Now I have also had a knee operation, again through tennis, I am in safe hands getting back to the level where I can start tennis again


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