Manual Therapy, Is it Just Massage?

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy is a category of treatment that contains many different treatment techniques.

Some common manual therapy techniques include:


Passive Stretching

Joint mobilization

Joint manipulation

Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization

Muscle activation techniques

And many more...

At HIDEF Seattle we use manual therapy as a way to prepare tissue for exercises, reduce pain and guarding, and improve ROM.

At HIDEF we rarely perform manual therapy alone. When performing rehab for an injury it is important to reinforce newly gained mobility and muscle relaxants on through active movement.

Manual therapy is just one of many treatment modalities we use to help our patients in physical therapy.

Interested in getting some manual therapy done? We have specialists in manual therapy at both our Seattle physical therapy location and the Maple Valley physical therapy location.

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