Treatment using the therapist’s hands may be called manual therapy. Hands-on treatment.
All treatments are discussed prior to being used, and within the patient’s control. Most are comfortable and not painful. Some are less comfortable for a short period of time, but the resulting improvement in pain and function is worth the short period of discomfort. The patient is always able to ask the therapist to stop.
Joints may be mobilised or manipulated. This includes stiff segments in the spine (neck or back), or in peripheral joints eg knee, hip, foot, shoulder, elbow.
Soft Tissues may be mobilised, stretched, massaged, stimulated, or relaxed. This includes tight muscles, areas of scarring, thickening and fibrous tissue following inflammation after injury.
Nerves may be mobilised, freed, desensitised or stimulated.