Manual therapy (sometimes called bodywork) is a general term
for treatment performed with the hands and not with any other devices or
machines. The goals of manual therapy include relaxation, decreased pain, and
Manual therapy can include:
Massage. Pressure is applied to the soft tissues of the body,
such as the muscles. Massage can help relax muscles, increase circulation, and
ease pain in the soft tissues.
Mobilization. Slow, measured movements are used to twist, pull,
or push bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues
around a joint and help with flexibility and alignment.
Manipulation. Rapid, thrusting movements are used to position
the bones and joints. This is a more aggressive therapy.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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