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Manual and Manipulative Treatment

Also known as manipulation therapy, or manual manipulation, Vail-Summit Physical Therapy provides high-quality manual and manipulative treatment to our patients in Eagle and Summit County. All about restoring your body's well-being, manual and manipulative treatment is a hands-on approach to addressing a variety of musculoskeletal issues. 


During a treatment session, our adept manipulation therapists will use their hands to evaluate and remedy your muscle and joint concerns. The goal of this treatment is to provide relief and increased mobility to restricted tendons, tissues, ligaments, muscles, and joints.

When Would I Need Manual and Manipulative Treatment?

Whether it's backache, neck stiffness, or a challenging sports injury, VSPT's highly skilled manual manipulation therapists are dedicated to providing you with relief. Manual and manipulative treatment is used as a supplement to your physical therapy treatment plan to address the following:


  • Mobility Issues

  • Pain 

  • Inflammation

  • Limited range of motion

  • Loss of strength and limb function


If you're grappling with persistent pain, stiffness, or discomfort in your muscles or joints, manual manipulation could be an integral component of your recovery.


Benefits of Manual and Manipulative Treatment

Manual and manipulative treatment can assist you in:


  • Enhancing your range of motion 

  • Alleviating pain 

  • Expediting your recovery 

  • Enhancing flexibility and agility


At VSPT, our therapists will work with you to prescribe manual therapy and manipulative therapy techniques — such as joint manipulation or soft tissue mobilization — that improve mobility, reduce pain, and optimize your physical therapy.

It’s my first time doing PT and was unsure what to expect other than exercises and some homework, but I left feeling super optimistic about these next several weeks. VSPT did a great job explaining what each exercise targets, allowing me to do them with more intent. Super excited to see continuing results!

Kaiti T.

How Manual and Manipulative Treatment Works

VSPT's manipulative treatment therapists use their hands to apply gentle pressure and precise movements to your muscles and joints. Manual force will be applied specifically and deliberately to restricted muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and connective tissue in order to promote healing. 


Physical therapists may recommend and apply the following techniques:


  • Massage: hands on technique to reduce inflammation and activate muscle function 

  • Connective Tissue Stretching: Manipulating connective tissue to reduce tightness

  • Craniosacral Massage: gentle stimulation of skull and spine fluid 

  • Joint Manipulation: Passive and light movement of the joint

  • Mobilization of Joints: targeted pressure on the joint in order to improved mobility

  • Soft tissue Mobilization: Releasing fluid build-up in muscle

  • Strain and Counterstrain: Placing gentle pressure on passive muscle to relieve pain and inflammation


VSPT’s team works closely with their patients to determine if manipulative therapy and manual therapy should be included as a feature of the treatment plan.


Getting You Back Out There

If you're weary of battling aches and discomfort, it’s time to give Vail-Summit Physical Therapy's manual and manipulative treatment a try. You may just find yourself bidding farewell to those troublesome aches and pains and embracing a fresh sense of well-being. Your body will thank you!

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