L.I. Care Physical and Occupational Therapy


1842 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743





Manual Therapy


Manual therapy encompasses a variety of hands-on techniques performed by skilled healthcare professionals to diagnose, treat, and manage musculoskeletal conditions and movement impairments. 

This hands-on approach involves the application of specific manual techniques, such as joint mobilization, soft tissue manipulation, and therapeutic massage, to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and restore function. 

Manual therapy is often used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan in conjunction with other modalities, such as exercise therapy, patient education, and modalities like heat or ice therapy. 

By addressing underlying biomechanical dysfunctions and tissue restrictions, manual therapy aims to optimize musculoskeletal health, enhance performance, and promote overall well-being.

How Can I Start with Manual Therapy?

Starting with manual therapy begins with a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional who specializes in manual therapy techniques, such as a physical therapist, chiropractor, or osteopathic physician. 

During this initial assessment, our therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition, including a review of your medical history, assessment of your movement patterns, and palpation of affected tissues. 

Based on this assessment, our therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to address your specific needs and goals. 

Manual therapy techniques may include:

  • Joint Mobilization: Gentle, passive movements applied to specific joints to restore normal joint mechanics, reduce pain, and improve range of motion.
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization: Hands-on techniques, such as massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy, used to release tension, improve tissue flexibility, and reduce muscle tightness and spasms.
  • Muscle Energy Techniques: Active or passive stretching techniques combined with voluntary muscle contractions to improve joint mobility, muscle flexibility, and neuromuscular control.
  • Manipulative Therapy: High-velocity, low-amplitude thrust techniques applied to joints to improve joint mobility, realign skeletal structures, and reduce pain and dysfunction.
  • Strain-Counterstrain: Positional release techniques used to relieve muscle spasms, reduce pain, and restore normal muscle tone and function.
  • Neural Mobilization: Techniques designed to address nerve-related pain and dysfunction by mobilizing and releasing tension in neural structures.

Our therapist will carefully select and apply manual therapy techniques based on your individual presentation, preferences, and treatment goals. 

Manual therapy sessions typically involve hands-on treatment performed in a clinical setting, with guidance and supervision from your therapist.

Is Manual Therapy Really Beneficial?

Manual therapy offers a wide range of potential benefits for individuals seeking relief from musculoskeletal pain, dysfunction, and movement impairments. 

Here’s why manual therapy is considered beneficial:

  • Pain Relief: Manual therapy techniques, such as joint mobilization, soft tissue manipulation, and massage, help alleviate pain by reducing tissue tension, improving circulation, and modulating pain signals in the nervous system. By targeting underlying sources of pain, manual therapy can provide immediate and long-lasting relief for acute and chronic pain conditions.
  • Improves Range of Motion: Manual therapy techniques can improve joint mobility, flexibility, and range of motion by breaking down adhesions, releasing muscle tightness, and restoring normal joint mechanics. This can help individuals regain functional movement patterns, perform activities of daily living more easily, and prevent further injury or dysfunction.
  • Enhances Tissue Healing: Manual therapy techniques promote tissue healing and repair by increasing blood flow, oxygenation, and nutrient delivery to injured tissues. By stimulating the body’s natural healing processes, manual therapy can accelerate recovery from injuries, surgeries, and overuse conditions, such as tendonitis or sprains.
  • Restores Function: Manual therapy aims to restore optimal function and movement patterns by addressing biomechanical dysfunctions, compensatory movement patterns, and musculoskeletal imbalances. By improving joint alignment, muscle balance, and neuromuscular control, manual therapy can help individuals move more efficiently, reduce the risk of injury, and optimize performance in sports, work, and daily activities.
  • Reduces Disability and Dependency: Manual therapy can help reduce disability and dependency by improving mobility, strength, and independence in individuals with musculoskeletal impairments. By restoring function and promoting self-care, manual therapy empowers individuals to participate more fully in their rehabilitation and regain control over their health and well-being.

Manual therapy is a highly effective and beneficial treatment modality for individuals seeking relief from musculoskeletal pain, dysfunction, and movement impairments. 

By addressing underlying biomechanical dysfunctions, promoting tissue healing, and restoring optimal function, manual therapy helps individuals regain mobility, reduce pain, and improve overall quality of life. 

With its wide range of potential benefits, manual therapy remains an essential component of comprehensive rehabilitation and wellness programs, supporting individuals in their journey toward optimal health and function.