Manual & Manipulative Therapy

Manual physiotherapy involves the skilled application of a wide variety of specialised techniques to reduce pain, restore proper movement and prevent further problems.

At your initial consultation at Woden Integrated Physiotherapy, your physiotherapist will obtain your relevant history and assess your condition by examining your posture and movements and then conducting specific muscle and nerve tests to determine the appropriate treatment for your condition. A treatment plan for optimal rehabilitation will be determined in consultation with you, and your agreement will be sought prior to treatment commencing.

Treatment can include mobilisation and/or manipulation of stiff joints; application of heat, ultrasound or electrotherapy to the injured area; massage and stretching of tight muscles and joints; and the provision of exercises to do at home. If more intensive muscle strengthening is warranted, we also have treatment options available in our fully equipped gym (on site) or in the water with our aquatic physiotherapists (off site).

Mobilisation vs Manipulation

We are often asked what the difference is between mobilisation and manipulation. Mobilisation is the use of the hand to apply repetitive pressure to a stiff joint to gently coax it to move again. Manipulation is a controlled quick thrusting movement of the joint which often produces a clicking or popping sound. It is a useful technique to restore joint movement and reduce pain. Manipulative physiotherapists have completed post-graduate training in spinal and peripheral joint manipulation, and this technique would only be used with your full agreement.