Manipulation and mobilisation

Hands on Approach

A masseur gives a massage

Manual therapy is a physical treatment to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability; it most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilisation and joint manipulation.

Manipulation is often associated with an audible popping sound caused by the instantaneous breakdown of gas bubbles that form during joint cavitations’. Mobilisation is a slower, more controlled process of articular and soft-tissue (myofascial) stretching intended to improve bio-mechanical elasticity. Massage of myofascial tissues improves fluid dynamics.

Manual therapy is a hands-on technique used to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of pain relief; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function.

Postural Alignment

A diagram of good spinal position

Your Posture Changes Each Time You Move!

Postural alignment is a return to homeostasis (body balance) through education, lengthening of soft tissues, therapeutic exercise and specific training.