Manual therapies are the core
of physical therapy’s hands-on approach. An understanding of
anatomy and kinesiology is used to manually restore alignment and function.
Therapists move and stretch soft tissues removing barriers to pain-free
Manual therapies are augmented by therapeutic
exercise to strengthen, stabilize and create flexibility. Therapists
guide specific exercises in the clinic. A home exercise program is
an essential follow-through by the patient. Alignment and function
are restored through the therapist’s hands. Exercise assists
and guides the process.