Manual therapy, including joint mobilizations and manipulations, is an integral part of physical therapy practice. The 1994 Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) Guidelines determined that there is a high level of evidence for spinal manipulation, for examples in the care of persons with acute low back pain. Several other studies have concluded that manipulation is a safe, effective, and recommended intervention in the management of spinal pain and pain of the extremities.
Manual therapy has a long history. Already in the days of Hippocrates is there evidence that clinicians used manipulation techniques. Manual therapy techniques are used by a number of health care providers, including physical therapists, and chiropractic, osteopathic, naturopathic, and some allopathic physicians. The underlying philosophy and clinical guidelines may differ in between the various professions. The objective of manual therapy at Bethesda Physiocare® is to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and help patients return to their jobs and recreational activities, and restore optimal and pain-free postures and movements.
Dr. Finnegan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), which is the highest level of professional recognition in manual physical therapy in the country.
For more information about manual therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us.