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When you think of physical therapy, what comes to mind? Do you picture repeating a series of exercises over and over again? Perhaps you think of using assistive equipment to retrain your body to perform certain tasks. Maybe you even think of applying hot packs to relieve tired muscles and joints.
These are all important factors in a physical therapy program. But a new technique, manual physical therapy, is emerging to help treat musculoskeletal pain and disability quicker and more comprehensively.
Manual physical therapy jobs are specialized therapist positions that focus on using the hands to treat muscles, tendons, soft tissues, ligaments and joints. These physical therapists put pressure on the affected body part to manipulate joints and muscles. This often decreases pain, reduces inflammation, increases range of motion and helps facilitate movement. Accompanied by traditional physical therapy methods, patients typically experience a faster recovery.
In order to qualify for manual physical therapy jobs, candidates need to complete a 4-year post-graduate physical therapy degree and gain additional certification in manual therapy.
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