Physical Therapy Services

Manual Therapy

Manual therapeutic rehabilitation is a “hands on” approach which encompasses many different techniques. The focus of manual therapy is to assess limitations/dysfunction. All physical therapists at Genesis Sports Medicine are trained extensively in, and use, manual therapy to obtain the patient’s desired goal of returning to work, play, and sports.

Manual techniques used at Genesis Sports Medicine include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Joint Mobilization: The act of imparting movement, actively or passively, to a joint of the body.
  • Myofascial Release: A specialized form of soft tissue mobilization used to decrease neuromuscular pain from spasm and hypertonicity (excessive tone).
  • Neuromobilization: Mobilization of the nervous system that may be physiologically altered in response to mechanical, chemical or ischemic stimuli.
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF): A manual therapeutic exercise technique that promotes the response of normal movements of the body through stimulation of the sensory system responsible for detecting position and movement.
  • Passive Range of Motion (PROM): Passively moving a joint or joints through the normal physiologic range of motion.
  • Muscle Energy: Reducing pain and improving the structural integrity of the body through the contraction of a muscle or muscular group and opposing or synergistic muscular patterns.
  • Strain/Counter Strain: Relieving spinal or other joint pain by passively putting the joint into its position of greatest comfort, thereby, reducing and arresting the continuation of inappropriate proprioceptor (position and movement sensor) activity.
  • Massage Therapy: The systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft issues of the body.