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What Is Manual Therapy?

What Is Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy is an effective “hands-on” treatment performed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Treatment mostly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization, and joint manipulation.

Manual therapy is really just a large umbrella under which many specific hands-on techniques reside. Manual physical therapy can combat some of the most common musculoskeletal injuries or conditions non-invasively.

Conditions Manual Therapy Can Help With

Conditions Manual Therapy Can Help With

How Manual Therapy Works

How Manual Therapy Works

Manual physical therapy works by addressing the root cause of your injury but also expediting the healing process.

For instance, if you have lower back pain, a manual physical therapist will provide hands-on techniques to reduce to your lower back pain and tightness of your muscles or joints but also detect what may have caused your lower back pain in the first place.

Is your hip joint stiff which is causing your lower back to rotate more?

Is your neck pain being caused by muscle tightness?

Do you have chronic knee pain because your ankles are too stiff?

Is your shoulder pain stemming from your upper back is rounded over or your spine being misaligned?

Do you have swelling surrounding your muscles, nerves, or joint?

If so, manual therapy can remove it. These are all things no other medical provider can fix and only seeing a manual physical therapist is the solution.

Manual Therapy Succes Stories

Manual Therapy Succes Stories

Randy Henderson

Former Mayor of Fort Myers

Barb Maxwell

Neck Pain Patient

Carol Glavich

Hip Pain Patient

If It Worked For Me, It Can Work For You Too…

If It Worked For Me, It Can Work For You Too…

Hi, my name is Dr. Scott Gray, owner and founder of Back In Motion Sport & Spine Physical Therapy.

I wanted to share with you my story of discovering the lasting and permanent results that manual physical therapy gave me as a college athlete. It was a Sunday afternoon and I had just woken up.

I could barely sit up or move my leg. I had just finished playing in a college football game the day prior.

I didn’t know what I had did and I was in bad shape. Monday had rolled around and I was experiencing the same results. I could barely move.

I was desperate and in bad shape. The problem was…

If I didn’t practice on Tuesday or Wednesday I wouldn’t be able to play that week’s game. Needless to say… I needed a miracle.

First I had tried seeing our athletic trainer on campus. No luck.

I then went to our team physician. Again, the same results. It wasn’t until I looked up a thing called a “manual physical therapist” that I got the results I was looking for.

After seeing the Doctor of Physical Therapy he determined I had suffered a severe muscle strain in my abdomen and groin. After one session, guess what?

I was at least able to move and practice. I was amazed at how fast the results were. Resting and icing weren’t going to help me.

I needed something different and something that would expedite my healing. That’s when I realized it wasn’t my fault and that more people needed access to manual therapists.

Want Help to Decide if Manual Physical Therapy is Right For You?

Want Help to Decide if Manual Physical Therapy is Right For You?

Frequently Asked Questions About Manual Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Manual Physical Therapy

Here’s a list of some of the  manual therapy techniques we use at our clinic:

Soft tissue techniques

  • Massage
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Functional mobilization
  • Scar mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Strain counterstrain
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Active Release Technique (ART)

Joint techniques

  • Joint mobilization
  • Joint manipulation/thrust
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Spinal Manipulation & Traction

Most patients will start to feel better in as little as two weeks. Of course, all patients are different. While some individuals will feel immediate relief after just one or two treatment sessions, others may take longer.

As a general rule, the longer your condition has been present, or the more severe your condition is, the longer it may take for you to feel the benefits of therapy.

No. Just call and schedule your appointment! In the state of Florida, physician referrals are not required for Physical Therapy services.

Unfortunately, most “old school” physical therapy doesn’t examine the underlying causes we’ve been talking about when using “The Gray Method” TM . It’s time to experience an entirely new and modern approach.