Physical Therapy Techniques

Joint Mobilization

Joint mobilization is a manual therapy intervention, a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a ‘target’ synovial joint with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect. When applied to the spine, it is known as spinal mobilization.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

The goal of soft tissue mobilization (STM) is to break up inelastic or fibrous muscle tissue (called ‘myofascial adhesions’) such as scar tissue from any injury, move tissue fluids, and relax muscle tension.

Manual Traction/Joint Distraction

Manual traction/joint distraction is a form of decompression therapy that relieves pressure within the joint and spine. Manual traction is the act of pulling something along a surface using motive power. Joint distraction is the separation of joint surfaces without rupture of their binding ligaments and without displacement. Both are used to achieve space within the disc, synovial joints, as well as take pressure off any surrounding nerves.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release (or MFR) is an alternative to medicinal therapy that treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood flow and lymphatic circulation, as well as stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.

Physical therapy technique

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin over the effected area using a hand pump. Practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.

cupping massage

Dry Intramuscular Needling

Dry needling uses either solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) or hollow-core hypodermic needles for the treatment of pain. Dry needling is used to relieve a range of musculoskeletal problems through the insertion of needles into taut and contracted muscles, and/or trigger points, with the aim of restoring their proper functions. Dry needling is suitable for conditions such as neck and back pain, sporting injuries, and general discomfort.

Dry needling

Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM) is a gentle method that detects and treats soft tissue restrictions, scar tissue, and chronic inflammation. Instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. It is most effectively used for the restoration of function and the reduction of pain.

Muscle Energy Techniques

Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) describes a broad class of manual therapy techniques directed at improving musculoskeletal function or joint function, and improving pain.