Manual Physical Therapy: Massage, Mobilization, Manipulation

Peak performance occurs when the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and nerves are functioning at their best. A healthy balance between joint mechanics and tissue tension is key to a happy body. After injury, it is crucial that this balance is optimized prior to initiating exercise.

At Symmetry Physical Therapy, Downtown Miami, your therapist will conduct an in-depth evaluation to determine if manual therapy is an appropriate treatment method for you and your goals. If manual therapy is determined to be appropriate your therapist will assess the area and then apply a specifically determined manual force to the body to improve mobility in areas that are restricted such as joints, muscles, and connective tissues. These types of directed forces are commonly referred to as massage, mobilization, and manipulation.

Massage

A technique that can be applied to the soft tissue structures of the body and commonly incorporates kneading, sliding, and gliding over the skin. The purpose of massage is to either relax or facilitate the muscle, improve circulation, or assist in lymphatic drainage.

Mobilization

A slower controlled technique that applies force to a joint or soft tissue structure with varying speeds and amplitudes with the purpose of improving motion, function, and reducing pain. The purpose of mobilization is to decrease restriction in the joint; yielding in an improvement in range of motion, function, and reduced pain.

Manipulation

A passive, high velocity, low amplitude thrust or force that is applied to a joint. This is typically associated with an audible pop that is caused by a breakdown of gas bubbles that form during what is called a joint cavitation.

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Symmetry Physical Therapy is a privately owned one-on-one patient centered physical therapy clinic in Downtown Miami/Brickell. Every treatment is with the same Doctor of Physical Therapy for the entire hour. Symmetry’s specialized, dedicated, and passionate team of professionals are fully committed to each patient’s success.

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