Manual therapy can include:
Massage: Pressure is applied to the soft tissues of the body, such as the
muscles. Massage can help relax muscles, increase circulation, and ease pain in
the soft tissues.
Mobilization: Slow, measured movements are used to twist, pull, or push
bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues around a joint
and help with flexibility and alignment.
Manipulation: Pressure is applied to a joint. It can be done with the hands or
a special device. The careful, controlled force used on the joint can range from
gentle to strong and from slow to rapid.