Manual Therapy

Manual Physical Therapy, or Orthopedic Manual Therapy, encompasses any hands-on techniques used to decrease pain and improve range-of-motion and flexibility to stiff joints and muscles in any part of the body.

This type of therapy includes: mobilization, manipulation, soft tissue techniques, and muscle stretching.

Both mobilization and manipulation are key components of Manual Therapy as they restore the power of movement to joints & associated muscles.

Manual Physical Therapy is based on careful examination of the patient’s movement patterns, including range of motion issues and the subsequent overcompensation that can prevent healing. Research has shown that the most effective physical therapy treatments involve a combination of customized Manual Therapy interventions combined with targeted exercise.

 

What’s the difference between Manual Physical Therapy and Orthopedics?

Orthopedic Physical Therapy is the delivery of care for individuals with disorders or dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic physical therapists are skilled in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. They are the experts in the assessment of movement and movement dysfunctions.

Manual Therapy is often a component of a skilled orthopedic clinician in addition to skilled exercise prescription and specific patient education. The physical therapists at Pappas are highly skilled and trained in Advanced Manual Therapy and go through extensive post-graduate training in order to evaluate and treat a variety of orthopedic conditions.

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We offer complimentary screens at all Pappas PT locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Who benefits from Manual Therapy?

Patients with a variety of disabilities and orthopeedic conditions may benefit from Manual Physical Therapy. Current research confirms that Manual Physical Therapy combined with therapeutic exercise can produce rapid pain relief and improved function in the following conditions: low-back pain, neck pain, muscle-tension headaches, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and shoulder pain.

A few weeks of commitment can mean a future free from pain. What's holding you back?

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I joined Pappas in 2017 as a new graduate and could not be more happy with the sense of community and shared passion for patient-centered care that comes naturally to this company. As a new graduate I was given guidance and mentorship that helped me bridge the gap between school and the workspace. Pappas has…

five stars Lauren Parsonage, DPT, OCS North Providence & East Greenwich/Healthtrax

I knew Pappas would be the right fit for me when I was here for my first clinical affiliation. The focus on company culture and continuing education is what helped me make my decision to apply. What really helped solidify my decision was when I voiced my desire to build a pelvic health program, which…

five stars Kendra-lynn Kohanski, PT, DPT East Greenwich/Healthtrax

I have had the opportunity to work for Pappas for the past 10 years. In that time I have been fortunate enough to work with some of my best friends, establish great memories and grow professionally. Pappas exemplifies a culture that puts people first, both their employees and their patients. They want to help facilitate…

five stars Dan Macera Clinic Director

The entire team here makes you feel like family. I can’t believe they completely healed my shoulder. No need for surgery!!! I’ll never go anywhere else for PT. They all stay on the cutting edge of new technology.

five stars Elaine G. Pappas Patient

I absolutely loved the entire staff! They are all welcoming and caring. They do indeed treat you like family and I couldn’t have asked for a better place. Give Pappas a try, you won’t regret it!

five stars Paulette C. Pappas Patient

My second time here for therapy, and I think you guys are great. I would definitely refer you all to anybody. Great, friendly and helpful staff.

five stars Edward C. Pappas Patient

Great staff and experience! Everyone I have worked with thus far has been extremely professional and welcoming! Dan and his team are flexible and accommodating to ensure their patients get the best care!

five stars Jasnoor K. Pappas Patient

This was my first time at Pappas. I have to say it was one of the best doctor/health/clinic experiences I have ever had. I was treated with respect, received a thorough examination and ongoing treatment plan, and was met with a smiling face by every employee.

five stars Pete M. Pappas Patient

Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy embodies their mantra of treating you like family. They both took an interest in not only my ankle injury but in me as a person making me feel comfortable and easing all anxieties we face when going through an injury.

five stars Megan H. Pappas Patient

My experience was great. The treatment was excellent and it was explained in great detail. My pain and discomfort were eliminated with a diverse exercise program. The whole staff is awesome.

five stars Ronald B. Pappas Patient

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