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Manual Therapy

What is Manual Therapy?

Manual Therapy encompasses the treatment of health ailments of various etiologies through ‘Hands-On’ physical intervention.
Physical treatments includes massage, soft tissue mobilization, various connective tissue techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, mobilization of joints, joint manipulation, mobilization of neural tissue, visceral mobilization, and strain and counterstrain.
Manual therapy may be defined differently (according to the profession describing it for legal purposes) to state what is permitted within a practitioner’s scope of practice. Within the physical therapy profession, manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function.


Manual Therapy

What are the effects of manual therapy?

Manual therapy can be applied to joints, muscles or nerves and the aims of treatment include pain reduction, increasing range and quality of joint movement, improving nerve mobility, increasing muscle length and restoring normal function
Manual Therapy Techniques
Cervical Decompression techniques
Shoulder Physical Therapy
Knee Physical Therapy
Plantar Fasciitis
Strain Counterstrain, or Positional Release Therapy
  • When you have a muscle spasm, or one of your muscles is too tight, too short, overactive, and won’t let go, your therapist can put you in an optimal position for that muscle and guide you through relaxation and breathing while that muscle unwinds, softens, relaxes, and lengthens.
Craniosacral Therapy
  • Your Central Nervous System is your brain and your spinal cord. It is surrounded by fluid and membranes. When those membranes have tension in them, stick to structures around them, or have other dysfunction, it affects the fluid flow. If the membranes and fluid aren’t gliding and flowing optimally, it can affect your nervous system function, causing symptoms like headaches and neck and back pain. Craniosacral Therapy uses very gentle hands-on pressure to release tension and improve fluid flow, allowing your body to self-heal and calm the nervous system.
Joint Mobilization
  • To mobilize a joint, your therapist may apply passive movements to the joint in a varying range of pressure, speed, and amplitude. That means they might move your joint a little bit, gently, in a short distance back and forth, or they might make a bigger movement with more pressure. The goal of joint mobilization is to reduce pain and restore optimal biomechanics, movement, and function to the joint.
Passive and Active-Assistive Range of Motion
  • Every joint in the human body has an arc, or range of motion through which it can be moved. When there is injury or dysfunction, that range is often reduced. Your range might be impaired because of pain, stiffness, scar tissue, adhesion, muscle imbalance, altered biomechanics, or other reasons. Your therapist can glide your joint passively, where they do the movement for you, or actively, where you and your therapist do the movement together. These techniques can reduce pain and improve the range of motion of the joint.
Myofascial Release
  • Fascia is fibrous connective tissue surrounding muscles, vessels, and nerves, giving the body shape and form. Fascia is made up of densely packed bundles of collagen. Some types of fascia bind structures together, other areas of fascia are meant to glide smoothly over each other allowing the body to move. When areas of fascia that are meant to glide become adhered, or stuck, Myofascial Release is a technique of manual therapy that releases those adhesions and restores gliding motion to the underlying tissues. Myofascial Release uses gentle, sustained pressure to mobilize connective tissue, relax contracted muscles, and increase blood and oxygen circulation to the tissues.
Manual Cervical Traction

Manual Cervical Traction in Physical Therapy

Hands-On Treatment for Neck Pain

During manual traction, the therapist can apply gentle strength to a certain region of the body in order to gently stretch the soft tissues and restore normal, natural motion.

This technique can also be used on other parts of the body, including the arms, legs, and back, but for manual traction, the neck is the most popular position.


See What Our Clients Are Saying…

Jason PikeJason Pike
17:54 05 May 24
Very impressive office. The therapist is a nice older man who was very thorough in his examination. I would highly recommend.
Caroline DikiboCaroline Dikibo
13:57 02 May 24
Great care!
Mayra ValienteMayra Valiente
14:27 18 Mar 24
This clinic has very good service, the receptionist is very friendly, helpful and gives you a lot of confidence, it is spectacular service and Dr John is very professional in his work and makes you feel very good. I recommend this clinic. Thank you Jasmine, blessings
leonardo cruzleonardo cruz
16:21 06 Mar 24
This is a fantastic place, both Dr Jon and Jazmín are committed to your recovery with professionalism and respect. I totally recommend it and additionally if you need to be spoken to in Spanish this will be your place of therapy.
They are very professional! Excellent care, it is pleasant to be there, you feel a calm and relaxing atmosphere and the best thing is that my pain improves every day. Jon and Jasmin make the best team! They also serve in Spanish.
Ginna CardenasGinna Cardenas
16:03 14 Feb 24
I called so many places to find the best place for my mom and the moment they took my phone I knew I wanted to take my mom there. Everyone is the office is extremely professional and kind. They take the time to listen to you and target your needs. They always answer your calls and work with your schedule. I am extremely glad I found this great place!
Maria VelezMaria Velez
14:41 19 Jan 24
First visit today and great first impression. John is very professional and knowledgeable.The place is very clean and the front desk person is very nice.I will definitely keep coming here.Highly recommend.
t kellert keller
16:16 16 Nov 23
I was referred here by my podiatrist, and while this is my first experience with physical therapy, I'm glad Therapeutic Dynamics (Jon Preston) is where I am spending my 4-6 weeks for treatment of my foot tendonitis. There is never a wait when I arrive, and Jasmine, Jon's assistant, is always friendly and prompt getting my therapy session set-up and started. I enjoy the variety of therapeutic activities and the soft-tissue foot treatment (ultrasound, the patch, and massage). Honestly, my foot massage at the end is better than going to a spa!While my foot isn't completely healed yet (I'm in my third week), I am already feeling a definite improvement, and I look forward to returning to my normal work and walking routines without pain in my foot. I think Therapeutic Dynamics is the place to get me there!
Quanita RobertsQuanita Roberts
14:18 17 Oct 23
Mike BennefieldMike Bennefield
02:59 29 Sep 23
Have been very pleased with the quality of care I have received at Therapeutic Dynamics. Jon and Jasmine have been been attentive and professional in all of my interactions with them. Jon has been very helpful in developing exercises to address my shoulder issues. His therapeutic massages have helped in relieving my pain and improving my range of motion. Would highly recommend.
Rencia GravesandeRencia Gravesande
21:38 08 Feb 23
Jon, Jazmine, and Sadie (sweet pooch pictured) are such a warm and inviting team! It is a wonderful place to get any physical therapy service! I’m currently seeing them and have always felt comfortable during my sessions. See Therapeutic Dynamics for your needs!
Kenda GilbertKenda Gilbert
20:23 31 Aug 21
What a great place to do therapy!! They are so compassionate about helping others here! They spend one on one time with you and explore ways to help you feel better!! I have been to lots of therapy places but this one is by far one of the BEST!! Please consider trying this place out of you are in need of therapy!!
Susan SSusan S
19:42 31 Aug 21
Jon is wonderful as a therapist. He takes the time to listen and then provides care accordingly. He gives one on one care which is very important to getting better. I walked in after surgery with pain and left after 3 months basically pain free. Jasmine at front desk is also very helpful. I would recommend this place without any hesitation.
LlamaCorn 100LlamaCorn 100
14:27 10 Aug 21
I am really impressed by John and his office. They are so professional and kind. John has improved my strength and stability in just a few sessions. I always receive his undivided attention. He cares and offers words of encouragement. I highly recommend Therapeutic Dynamics.
Bren SextonBren Sexton
03:51 21 May 21
I was told by my surgeon that John was the best therapist to help me rehab my shoulder after my replacement surgery. Jasmin was very friendly when she set up my appointments and she welcomes me every visit. She also helps me get started on my routines. John has done a fantastic job of getting my shoulder working again, way ahead of the surgeons expectations. His selections of exercises and therapy has been perfect. He is very personable and knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this team to anyone needing therapy!!
Amanda MarieAmanda Marie
18:53 29 Apr 21
I just finished up treatment for my shoulder, and I am so thankful this is where I ended up! Some of the traditional exercises ended up irritating my pain, and my plan was changed immediately to something that worked better for me! I have an extremely active job, and I am back to being able to work pain free. Aside from there always being a welcoming, friendly environment, they also just renovated the space and it’s clean (everything is disinfected as soon as you’re done using it) and beautiful! Highly recommend, you will not be disappointed!