The term Manual Therapy is sometimes used
as a catch-all term for any hands-on technique, but nowadays it is also used to designate an advanced practice credential.
What is most significant is that therapists with these credentials
have completed programs that involve intensive review, training, and practice of advanced therapeutic skills and knowledge
under the supervision of a qualified instructor. These areas of knowledge include: Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology (Movement
Science), Embryology (the study of growth and development), Pathology (the study of disease processes), Physics, and Treatment
Kinesthetics (the development of specialized examination and treatment by touch).
Techniques of Manual Physical Therapy range from High Velocity Joint
and Soft-Tissue Manipulation Techniques to those which are Slow and Gentle. They may involve methods to relax or enhance any
of the elements of the MusculoSkeletal or NeuroMuscular Systems. While most people will be well-served by any physical therapist
it is often useful to consult with one who has attained a higher level of skill. At Performance Physical Therapy, our Therapists
have spent years acquiring advanced training under the watchful eyes of master clinicians.