Manual therapy is a hands-on based form of physiotherapy that involves joint mobilization, and sometimes manipulation (high force). This can be a very effective means of restoring joint mobility, decreasing soft tissue restriction/scar tissue, and improving nerve function.

“All physiotherapists use specifically tailored exercise to treat pain and stiffness. In addition to exercise, Manipulative Physiotherapists are highly trained at using their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in movement in the spine, arms and legs. Using gentle, hands-on techniques, we can help reduce muscle tightness, improve movement in the joints, reduce pain and
improve function.”

From: Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy at http://manippt.org/patients.php#manip