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Manual therapy

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) describes manual therapy as “skilled hand movements intended to improve tissue extensibility, increase range of motion, induce relaxation, mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints, modulate pain, and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction”.

Approach of manual therapy :

1) Mckenzie therapy : –
  • The Mckenzie method or mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) is a system of diagnosis and treatment for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal disorders. This method was introduced by Sir Robin Mckenzie, a physical therapist from New Zealand
  • A feature of the method is emphasising patient empowerment and self treatment. MDT categorises patients based on clinical presentation of patients and not on anatomical basis.

2) Mulligan’s technique : –
  • The mulligan concept of mobilisation with movement (MWM) is an unique manual therapy treatment approach combining mobilisation with active movement or function. Fundamentally, a patient’s pain restriction or functional loss is eliminated when appropriate mobilisation forces are applied during movement.
  • This unique approach to manual therapy was developed by New Zealand physical therapist Brian Mulligan.

Both these manual therapy techniques are internationally recognised.