Manual Therapy

Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists are trained in special manual techniques that treat both, the stiff joints and the tight muscles, and differs greatly from other practitioners. Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is the skilled mobilization and manipulation of both the joints and soft tissue, and is an integral part of the treatment plan.

  • Physical therapists at Oakland Physical Therapy are certified specialist in orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Our Physical Therapists have attained a Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy through Oakland University. The Graduate Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is designed to offer advanced, graduate-level courses in orthopedics to physical therapists interested in developing clinical specialty skills. This educational program provides advanced theoretical and clinical training, emphasizing differential diagnosis and manual therapy procedures.
  • Equal emphasis of Manual Therapy, Exercise Training, and Patient Education in self-management.
  • The Kaltenborn-Evjenth System of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is extensively utilized for soft tissue, muscle and joint disorders.
  • Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is an advanced form of physical therapy that focuses on treating the cause of the musculoskeletal pain, not just its symptoms. Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy delivers quicker, more thorough results than traditional physical therapy. Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is the only certified therapy recognized by the American Medical Association. Research has shown that conditions that have not responded to traditional physical therapy often improve with Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy treatment. At Oakland Physical Therapy, there is another key difference: Every patient is given an individual treatment plan.
  • Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is a specialized are of physical therapy for the management of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, based on clinical reasoning, using highly specific treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercise.
  • Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy also encompasses the available scientific and clinical evidence and the biopsychosocial framework of each individual patient.


How can Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy help me?

If you are experiencing increased pain and stiffening in any of your joints and muscles, manual therapy is often helpful. Patients seek out this type of physical therapy for a variety of mobility issues.

For example, you may be finding it difficult to get up from a sitting or lying positions, as well as bending over, without back pain and stiffness. You may also find that your neck or shoulders “freeze” and give you pain when you pursue everyday actions such as reaching for items, or driving. In fact, debilitating pain and stiffness in muscles and joints can happen virtually anywhere on your body.

What kinds of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Exist?

Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy is the hands-on component of physical therapy, but there are several different sub-categories within the practice of manual therapy. Each has its own benefits, depending on what the underlying problem is. Among the most widely used are:

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue mobilization focuses on muscles, ligaments and tendons. Often is a patient hasn’t had a chance to use a set of muscles due to illness, or has been injured in that area, the tissues can become scarred and robbed of the precious fluids that promote flexibility. Soft tissue mobilization focuses on limbering up these damaged areas, while promoting overall wellness.

Joint Mobilization

A “restricted joint” issue often occurs after an injury, such as falling and twisting you back, or wrenching your shoulder. The injury to the joint leads to muscle spasms and restricted movement. A skilled physical therapists practices joint mobilization movements, such as a “glide and slide” of opposing bones, in order to get the joints working properly again.

Where can I get Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy for my pain and stiffness?

Our expert physical therapists are highly qualified to practice manual physical therapy. With years of specialized training, we provide gentle, hands-on therapies that address a broad range of muscle and joint conditions and injuries. This includes soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and neuromuscular techniques to help you feel better. Call us today to schedule an appointment!