Hands-On Techniques


Manual Therapy

Manual therapy 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 increased flexibility.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue mobilization is utilized to help loosen muscles that affect the joints. A physical therapist will use his or her hands to twist, pull or push muscles into the optimum position for healing.

Joint Mobilization

Joint mobilization involves the movement of the joints or bones in a slow and controlled manner. This technique helps to loosen joints and reestablish the correct functional position of the joint.


Range of Motion

Range of motion refers to working a joint through the normal range that it may be used. Range of motion may include the therapist moving the joint (passive range of motion), assisting the joint through a range using a pulley or the opposite limb (active assisted range of motion) or the patient moving the joint on their own (active range of motion).

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

Muscle Energy Technique focuses on joint range-of-motion limitation, and uses light (generally grams or ounces) to moderate force muscular contractions precisely controlled to affect a specific joint, to restore normal joint motion. The physical therapist will position the patient in a manner such that the specific joint will be affected. The patient is asked to effect muscle contraction to assist in the procedure.


ASTYM System

The ASTYM system is a rehabilitation treatment that provides a breakthrough in the way soft tissue injuries are treated. The System identifies and treats abnormal soft tissue, tapping into the body's natural healing process to enable rapid return to activity, free from pain and limitation.

Strain Counterstrain

Strain counterstrain is a passive procedure that places the body in a position of greatest comfort thereby relieving pain and dysfunction by reducing the inappropriate feedback between the brain and the affected body part. This technique applies a mild overstretch in the direction opposite to that which causes the discomfort. The communication with the brain is "reset" to allow for proper feedback.