Orthopedic Manual Therapy

Orthopedic Manual Therapy

The hands are the physical therapist’s main tool, and manual therapy is used to quickly and effectively make changes to dysfunctional body regions, such as in the case of joint stiffness, muscle tightness, muscle trigger points, and neural tension. Dr. Stendahl uses a variety of manual therapy techniques to return patients to normal activities and sport. Techniques are chosen based on each patient’s individual needs, and may include treating areas directly and indirectly related to the area of injury to ensure complete and comprehensive treatment without leaving you predisposed for symptom recurrence. Manual therapy will almost always be followed by exercises to promote new ranges of motion, strength, and stability.

Techniques utilized are: functional manual therapy, joint mobilizations, visceral (organ) mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. Common conditions treated include:

  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Hernia
  • Instability (ankle sprains, back pain, repeat injury areas, deconditioning)
  • Joint pain (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, foot, neck, back, pelvis)
  • Muscle strain/sprain
  • Repetitive overuse injuries
  • Scar tissue adhesions
  • Sports injury
  • Tendinitis
  • TMJ pain and/or popping
  • Post-operative rehabilitation