Orthopedic Manual Therapy

Orthopedic Manual Therapy

Manual therapy refers to hands-on techniques used to facilitate and encourage changes to the body, such as in the case of joint stiffness, muscle tightness, muscle trigger points, blood flow, and neural tension. Dr. Stendahl uses a variety of manual therapy techniques to return patients to normal activities and fitness. Techniques are chosen based on each patient’s individual needs and preferences, and may include treating areas directly and indirectly related to the area of injury or pain 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, coordination, and stability.

Techniques utilized include: 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, de-conditioning)
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle strain/sprain
  • Repetitive overuse injuries
  • Scar tissue
  • Sports injury
  • Tendinitis
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Post-operative rehabilitation