Manual Therapy

Manual therapy covers a number of techniques that, at their core, involve using hands on techniques to diagnose and treat a variety of ailments.
 
Wikipedia explains that it "encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of the ailments through hands-on intervention. Manual Therapy is practiced by people within various health care professions, including Physiotherapists/Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, and more...Manual Assessment uses a variety hands on tests to determine which structure may be responsible for the pain or dysfunction being assessed.
 
The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) definite it as "A clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function."
Christopher Scanlon, MS, PT

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