Manual Therapy Fort Wayne, IN

Manual Therapy

Jeanne C.
ProTailored Physical Therapy Graduate

My experience has been A+ ! The ProTailored environment and staff are welcoming, professional and kind. I especially like the level of privacy they afford patients by having private rooms for customized exercises and discussions. They stay with you the whole time you are exercising, and you really can feel they are focused on just you!

Nancy W.
ProTailored Physical Therapy Graduate

I want to thank the entire wonderful staff of ProTailored Physical Therapy for the literally life changing treatment I just completed. My chronic (50+ years) battle with headaches and back pain was improved from my very first treatment. As my treatment wrapped up I realized I had not taken pain meds of any kind for the entire month of the therapy, possibly for the first time since I was a child?

Lowene S.
ProTailored Physical Therapy Graduate

I can't say enough good things about ProTailored Physical Therapy. The physical therapist and his entire staff are not only educationally trained, professionally qualified, dedicated and experienced - but they are so kind. This is not "one size fits all" therapy. They customize a treatment plan intentionally and specifically to fit each individual. I highly recommend ProTailored Physical Therapy without reservation.

Manual Therapy – A Hands-On Approach to Pain Relief

Get Started on the Right Path Toward Natural, Safe, and Effective Pain Relief

Are you suffering from pain? Did you recently injure yourself, get diagnosed with an illness, or underwent a surgical procedure? If so, it is likely that you would benefit from manual physical therapy at ProTailored Physical Therapy. Our Fort Wayne, IN physical therapists, uses manual therapy techniques that are meant to relieve your pain, while simultaneously improving your body’s function.

How can manual therapy benefit me?

Manual Therapy Fort Wayne, IN

Our Fort Wayne physical therapists are highly trained in diagnosing and treating movement disorders. These disorders often occur following surgery, especially if you have undergone total joint replacement. However, many physicians will also prescribe physical therapy treatments for injuries, accidents, or illnesses – essentially, anything that makes you feel weak and unable to function normally.

Your treatment plan will likely include several different therapies, all aimed at helping a specific function of your body. Some exercises may focus on improving your balance and strength, while others may focus on increasing your range of motion. Manual therapy is a crucial part of any treatment plan, as it helps to reduce pain and swelling, minimize inflammation, and increase range of motion.

How safe is manual therapy?

Our physical therapists use a variety of hands-on techniques that improve the movement of your tendons, ligaments, and joints in ways that relieve pain promote healing, and are really safe. Manual therapy also helps reduce scar tissue and minimizes swelling.

Our Fort Wayne, IN physical therapists are highly trained medical professionals who understand the limitations of your body, as well as its capabilities. In fact, many patients notice significant pain relief and improvement in mobility after just one session of manual therapy at ProTailored Physical Therapy!

Manual therapy – what is it?

Manual therapy is just one tool in a physical therapist’s kit that allows them to mobilize stiff joints and soft tissue. This specialized form of treatment helps in reducing swelling, decreasing restriction, mobilizing joints, and increasing your range of motion. Our physical therapists have received extensive training in specialized manual therapy techniques from a wide variety of schools and instructors.

The many different types of physical therapy

Manual therapy techniques may include, but are not limited to:

Manual traction

When our physical therapists perform manual traction, they will apply gentle force to a certain area of the body, in order to gently stretch the soft tissues and restore normal, natural movement. While the neck is the most common area for manual traction, it can also be performed on other parts of the body, including the arms, legs, and back.


When you experience severe pain after sustaining an injury, it is usually the result of a restricted joint. Our physical therapists are specially trained to mobilize restricted joints by applying pressure at a low velocity. Mobilization techniques are safe, effective, and painless, allowing for an increase in your range of motion, and the improvement of the restricted joint’s mobility.

Soft Tissue Massage

Physical therapy massage treatments are a little different than a massage you may get at a spa. They are more therapeutic in nature, and with a medical intention. Our Fort Wayne, IN physical therapists use massage treatments as a way to manipulate the soft tissues, working to break up scar tissue and adhesions caused by inflammation or injury. This is done through deep pressure and rhythmic stretching, allowing them to find and mobilize areas of your body that are heavily restricted. These techniques also help to improve blood flow and circulation of the affected muscles and soft tissues.

Common Questions Regarding Manual Therapy

What does Manual Therapy do?

Manual therapy is performed by the physical therapist and is intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility, increase range of motion, mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints, change pain, and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or movement restriction.

What does Manual Therapy feel like?

Manual therapy is a broad term to describe different techniques that may be utilized during treatment. Manual therapy may work to open up joint spaces, mobilize tissue, or increase joint mobility. Depending on the technique, you will feel anything from a stretch to light to deep pressure/pinch. Some areas of the body may be more tender or sore than others. The therapists may perform manual techniques at varying speeds, intensities, and pressure. Patient comfort is always assessed during manual techniques.

What will I feel like after I’ve had Manual Therapy done?

This will be dependent on the type and intensity of manual therapy performed. It is common for the area that has been cupped to feel a little sore after manual therapy. Some muscle tenderness is common the day after manual therapy – and in days following that, patients may report a reduction in pain and stiffness.

What tools are used for Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy refers to “hands-on” treatment performed by the physical therapy. However, the therapist may utilize other tools to help them including belts or weighted objects to assist them in their techniques.

Where all can Manual Therapy be performed?

Cupping can be performed on any skeletal muscle tissue.

Fun fact: At ProTailored Physical Therapy, perform manual therapy on the shoulder joint and muscles surrounding to increase range of motion and decrease pain.  We have great success with this!

Get started today!

If you are interested in gaining the many benefits of manual therapy, request an appointment Our dedicated physical therapists will be happy to meet with you and get you moving once again. Call our Fort Wayne physical therapy office today at 260-739-0300!