Manual Therapy Specialist

Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapists & Occupational Therapists located in Farmingdale, NY & Great Neck, NY

If you’re suffering from a sports-related injury or lingering pain, manual therapy may be able to ease your discomfort and encourage healing. The physical and occupational therapists at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, New York, regularly prescribe manual therapy to their patients, providing a safe, effective, and noninvasive means of treatment. To request your appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.

Manual Therapy Q & A

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy is a special type of physical therapy that uses hands-on pressure and joint manipulation to address discomfort caused by muscle tension, joint dysfunction, and muscle spasms.

Manual physical therapy isn’t as well known as some other types of physical therapy. However, clinical research shows that it’s an effective form of pain management, particularly for people who are experiencing acute or chronic back pain. In addition, evidence suggests manual physical therapy techniques can increase flexibility and relax tight muscles and joints.

Are there different types of manual therapy?

At Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy, the team separates manual therapy into two categories:

Soft tissue work

Soft tissue work is a type of treatment that involves your physical therapist placing pressure on different muscles and soft tissues throughout your body. Ultimately, this increases circulation, breaks up scar tissue, eases discomfort affecting your soft tissues.

Mobilization and manipulation

Mobilization and manipulation is a type of manual therapy that involves your physical therapist using measured movements of different speeds, force, and amplitude to pull, twist, or push joints into position. The goal of mobilization and manipulation is to improve flexibility and alignment while reducing pain and increasing movement.

What exercises does manual therapy include?

Manual therapy is incredibly versatile and features a number of exercises. Depending on your symptoms and goals for treatment, your physical therapist might recommend:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Strain-counter strain
  • Joint mobilization
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • High velocity, low amplitude thrusting

Your physical therapist might also recommend combining two or more of these treatments together.

What type of manual therapy will I most benefit from?

To determine the type of manual therapy that best meets your needs, make an appointment with the team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms and goals for treatment, the team develops a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs. Make sure to follow your therapist’s instructions accordingly and attend all of your follow-up appointments. This helps ensure you recover quickly and efficiently. 

Don’t let acute or chronic pain prevent you from living your best life. Call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool to make an appointment at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational therapy today.