Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a specialized physical and individualized treatment approach that is used by physiotherapists. In manual therapy, we use our hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasms, tension, or joint dysfunction. It is often implemented along with a training program of specific therapeutic exercises that help maintain achievements from one session to the next.

The effects of manual therapy may include increased local blood circulation, relaxation of muscles, decreased adhesions of scar tissue, increased range of motion, and decreased muscle spasms. The gains achieved through manual therapy persist over time if it is well employed and accompanied by home exercises, good posture, and self-management.

Manual therapy is used for many purposes, whether for treating acute or chronic pain conditions. It is thus included in the management of various neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Low back pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Cervical pain
  • Tendinopathies
  • Capsulitis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains
  • Post-immobilization
  • Post-fracture
  • Poor posture
  • Plantar Fasciitis

All our physiotherapists have postgraduate manual therapy levels from the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA.

Contact us for an assessment to determine if Manual Therapy is the right fit for you.

Deb MacLeod


Colette Stark


Tanya Van Dam


Kevin Leahy