Manual Therapy Specialist

Liberty Rehabilitation & Wellness

Acupuncture & Physical Therapy located in Garden City, NY

A hands-on approach is sometimes the best way to achieve pain relief and improved mobility. At Liberty Rehabilitation & Wellness in Garden City, New York, board-certified physical therapist Dr. Josh Lee offers manual therapy to treat acute and chronic pain and help restore the function of joints affected by injury. To schedule a manual therapy appointment, call or use the convenient online booking tool today.

Manual Therapy Q & A

Liberty Rehabilitation & Wellness

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy refers to a range of physical therapy techniques involving the hands, as opposed to devices or machines, to treat pain and mobility problems in your joints and soft tissues. During a manual therapy session, Dr. Lee applies pressure to your soft tissues to help your body relax, and he manipulates your joints to improve their flexibility and positioning.

Manual therapy can help with pain or tension throughout your body, including your spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. If you have an injury or condition that makes movement painful or difficult, manual therapy can relieve your pain and improve your overall functioning.

How is manual therapy different from massage?

The description of manual therapy may remind you of massage, which also involves manipulating the joints, muscles, and soft tissues to relieve tension and provide pain relief.

While massage can help relieve muscle tension — and you may find it relaxing — manual therapy goes beyond relieving tension and can help correct the alignment of your joints as well as improve your muscles’ responsiveness.

Manual therapy also fits into a comprehensive physical therapy program. Dr. Lee closely evaluates your pain and mobility issues and draws on his extensive training on the workings of the human body. After observing your specific, personal movement issues, he tailors a manual therapy strategy to treat your exact limitations.

Massage therapy, by comparison, can broadly target the area where you’re experiencing pain or tension. While it can help, massage therapy doesn’t get to the bottom of your condition the way physical therapy, including manual therapy, can.

Does manual therapy work by itself?

To help you heal, Dr. Lee recommends combining manual therapy with specific physical therapy exercises. By reducing your pain and improving your mobility, manual therapy can directly remove obstacles to your progress in a physical therapy program. You’ll be able to exercise more effectively because you’ll feel more comfortable.

You may also find manual therapy adds to your overall sense of well-being because it involves touch. The psychological benefits of manual therapy can help you feel better equipped to handle the challenges of physical therapy.  

To schedule a manual therapy appointment, call Liberty Rehabilitation & Wellness or book online.