Manual therapy treatments include; joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, and mobilization of neural (nerve) tissue. Joint mobilization is a rhythmic, repetitive, passive movement applied very specifically to an injured or painful joint. The depth of application will vary according to the stage of injury or the level of pain present. These movements are aimed at relieving pain, increasing range of motion, and improving the function of the joints and their surrounding soft tissues.
Sometimes stronger techniques are needed and joint manipulation may be recommended. This is a technique that involves the use of a quick, precise thrust to restore mobility and relieve pain at a specific joint and its surrounding soft tissue. Physiotherapists who use this advanced technique have completed rigorous post-graduate training and successfully completed national and internationally approved certification exams (see the FCAMT certification on our Physiotherapists biography).
Manual therapy techniques can be used to treat lower back pain and/or sciatica; back spasms; disc herniation; neck pain including pain from degenerative joint disease or nerve injuries; shoulder and rotator cuff injuries; hip and knee pain including pain caused by osteoarthritis or ligament injuries; elbow pain including tennis elbow; tendinitis, bursitis, sprains, or strains affecting any part of your body and many other joint or muscle problems.