Manual Therapy​

Manual physical therapy is hands-on treatment techniques used to decrease pain, reduce joint stiffness, increase muscle flexibility and improve range of motion. The most commonly used manual therapy technique at Sparks Physical Therapy is joint mobilizations, which involves skilled passive movements to a joint complex that is applied at varying speeds and amplitudes to restore optimal motion, function and/or to decrease pain. We also use spinal manipulations, a small, quick stretch to the spine that often is accompanied with a cracking sound. Spinal manipulations act like a “Control + Alt + Delete” for the nervous system to reset the pain cycle. We also use a technique called “Passive Range of Motion” to allow patients to regain motion while recovering from surgery or other ailments. If soft tissues (such as muscles and tendons) are more of the culprit, we use techniques such as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations and active release techniques to reduce muscle spasms and improve flexibility. 

Patients with a variety of orthopedic conditions may benefit from manual physical therapy. Orthopedics is the medical specialty that focuses on reducing pain and restoring function for the musculoskeletal system that includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. The research is clear that manual therapy combined with therapeutic exercise results in the best pain-relief and improving function for patients with arthritis, plantar fasciitis, muscle-tension headaches, shoulder, back, neck, knee and hip pain. Manual therapy is also highly effective for patient’s post-operative (following surgery) to reduce swelling and improving range of motion. 

All of our physical therapists at Sparks Physical Therapy have extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy. On your first visit, we do a very thorough evaluation and discuss with you the best forms of manual therapy for your condition. We never do a treatment without discussing it with you first.

Hear from Our Patients

It was great having Brett work with my 9-year-old son for his PT sessions. Working with young children is never easy especially when trying to explain PT exercises, but Brett was extremely patient and friendly during every session with my... read more
Genie V.
11/03/2021
Jessie is a wonderful therapist. She was always concerned about my needs and answered any questions I had. Jessie took a holisitic approach to my therapy which ensured my success.
Cynthia G.
8/10/2022
I was always very hesitant to try PT. After a few sessions with Michelle I knew I made the right choice. She helped me tremendously and she was so kind and knowledgeable. I wouldn’t think twice to go back again... read more
Amy G.
1/03/2024
Jamie helped me overcome a decade old foot problem. She was a pleasure to work with. Very pleasant and personable and motivating. I am a long-distance runner who had developed metatarsalgia that kept me from running beyond 10 miles. I... read more
Robert J.
9/25/2023

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