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Hands-On Manual Therapy

When you visit Mind Body Physical Therapy at Lake Tahoe, you will receive manual therapy as part of every treatment. Manual therapy includes deep tissue and friction massage to soft tissue, fascia, and scar formations. Physical therapists use mobilizations which are directed movements to twist, pull or push, and glide bones and joints back into their correct positions. This helps loosen tight tissues around the joint and helps with flexibility and alignment. You may also receive manipulations which are rapid, forceful movements to position bones and joints - this is an aggressive treatment which you can request or defer after discussion with your physical therapist.


What is it?

A clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of


  • modulating pain
  • increasing range of motion
  • inducing relaxation
  • reducing/eliminating soft tissue inflammation
  • increasing extensibility and/or stability
  • facilitating movement/ improving function
  • improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair



Defined by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)



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