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February 7, 2005

Manual Physical Therapy

Physical therapy has many specialties, one of which is Manual Physical Therapy. Developed in Australia, New Zealand and Norway, manual physical therapy is relatively new expertise in the field.

The term is used to describe hands-on examination and treatment techniques that can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

When the soft tissue (muscles, tendons) is tight, a variety of techniques including massage, passive stretching, muscle energy and myofascial release can be used to restore muscle length and pliability, thereby allowing for return of motion.

Another goal of OMT is pain reduction. Pain often occurs because of imbalanced movement or poor patterns of movement and postures. Manual therapy can help to restore balance and retrain the patient using a combination of manual and non-manual techniques to achieve proper postures and movement patterns.

Posted by linda at February 7, 2005 11:20 PM

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