Manual Physiotherapy Treatments

Manual physiotherapy is a specialised form of physiotherapy delivered with the hands, as opposed to a device or machine. It is a physical and individualised treatment approach that is used by physiotherapists and osteopaths to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability.

Manual physiotherapy is a clinical approach which utilises specific hands-on techniques, which is used to assess, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions and symptoms. In manual physiotherapy, the physiotherapists use their hands to mobilise and manipulate joints and soft tissues in order to decrease pain. Research has proven that manual physiotherapy, in combination with other physiotherapy managements, provides the most effective treatment.

Which Techniques are used in Manual Physiotherapy?

There are different techniques applied in manual physiotherapy and they all have diverse benefits and methods of application. There are some major techniques employed in manual physiotherapy. They consist of kneading and manipulation of the muscles, joint mobilisation and joint manipulation.

Soft tissue mobilisation:

This is applied to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. This will help relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissues and ease pain in the soft tissue. It includes massage and Trigger Point Therapy.


It is the application of sustained pressure to the joints of the body. It helps to decrease pain and also restore normal mobility and function.


It involves a skilled, quick passive movement applied to a specific joint. It also helps to decrease point and restore normal mobility and function.

Others include:

Active myofascial release
Neural mobilisation technique
Active derma-myofascial cupping release treatment

Physical Doctor consulting with patient Knee problems Physical therapy concept

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