Manual Therapy

Any treatment for musculoskeletal pain and/or disabilities can be found under the term manual therapy. Manual Therapy is a hands-on therapy that can help relieve any of the musculoskeletal pain. Under the term manual therapy there are three main forms practitioners may use; 1- Manipulation with rapid movement, 2- Mobilization which is a slower more controlled maneuver and 3- Massage which would be repetitive rubbing or kneading of the soft tissue. 

Who uses manual therapy?

Many licensed practitioners use manual therapy such as; massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors and osteopathic physicians.

What is manual therapy used for?

The main reason manual therapy would be used is to relax any tension or tightness within the muscles.  Manual therapy is used for treating musculoskeletal pain with the hands instead of any tools. 

How is manual therapy used?

There are many different styles of manual therapy and the practitioner will decide based on evaluation on which method of manual therapy to use. On decision of which method, the practitioner will begin to palpate the area of pain for any tightness or knots within the muscle and start to relieve the tension and reduce the pain. 

With Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR) there are over 125 manuevers that can help relieve any of your musculoskeletal pain with a non-invasive, holistic treatment.

  • Patient avoided hip surgery.

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  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.


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