Gladesville Physiotherapy - Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy

Our clinical emphasis is based around manual therapy – a hands on approach. Manual therapy techniques include:

Soft Tissue Massage (STM)

This technique, also known as soft tissue release, largely forms the basis of the manual techniques used at GPC and has many benefits. It helps to reduce muscle spasm, correct muscle imbalances and prevent injuries from excessive scarring as well as lengthening tight structures and helps to assist the body in the reduction of swelling and inflammation.

STM is appropriate and effective for a number of conditions including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Hamstring, quadriceps and groin strains
  • Whiplash
  • Ankle and knee ligament injuries
  • Shoulder pain
  • Overuse injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Shin splints and plantar fasciitis

Joint Mobilisation

Joint mobilisation is a manual technique performed by therapists to help restore normal range of motion (ROM) to a joint. It involves the application of an oscillating passive force by the physiotherapist to a specific joint. Prior to treatment the joint(s) are assessed for ROM and then re-assessed post treatment to evaluate the level of improvement in movement and function.

This form of treatment is applied when a joint exhibits stiffness and is deemed to be more effective than other forms of treatment. It may also be used in conjunction with other treatment options.


This involves the application of a passive movement or force over a specific skeletal joint. It is associated with an audible “popping” sound which reduces pressure within a joint.

NB: Please note cervical spine manipulation is not currently performed at this practice.