Manual therapy is defined as the skilled passive movement of joints (both spine and extremity) and soft tissues. The goal of these techniques is to normalize the specific motions that take place between joint surfaces that allow for normal joint mobility. It is one of the foundational components of effective physical therapy and involves the strategic use of manual forces including traction, mobilization or manipulation of a joint(s) or the spine, and soft tissue manipulation. These techniques reduce muscle spasm, facilitate the release of your body’s natural pain reducers and inhibit your perception of pain, improve range of motion and restore normal biomechanics needed to function. These techniques are typically used in conjunction with a comprehensive therapy plan that includes other therapy techniques, exercise and modalities.