Manipulative Physiotherapy


Manipulative physiotherapy is the term used to describe the field of physiotherapy practise which relates to disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Manipulative Therapist

Physiotherapists who practise in this area are skilled in the assessment, diagnosis and physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal conditions and have completed rigorous post graduate training and qualifications in addition to their basic physiotherapy training.

Physical Examination

Qualified Manipulative Therapists offer a high level of skill in the examination and assessment of musculoskeletal problems and in the application of manual mobilising and manipulative techniques. The examination involves a thorough subjective screening of your health and presenting problem and then a hands on assessment of your involved joint/s. This will include assessment of your:

  • Posture
  • Active movements
  • Passive movements
  • Muscle length, strength and endurance
  • Nerve conduction and mobility
  • Massage to assess the texture of soft tissues

Manipulative Physiotherapy Treatment

Manipulation is directed at your spine or other joints, and possibly includes a thrust manipulation of your joint.  If this is the case, the manipulative physiotherapist will discuss the particular treatment technique with you before using it. Some forms of gentle manipulation are sometimes called mobilisation. Other types of treatment may include massage, stretching, exercise, electrotherapy and taping. Treatment will also include advice and an indepth explanation of your problem and the best way for you to manage it.


Your manipulative physiotherapist is trained to know what treatment is appropriate and has the skill to apply your examination and treatment effectively and in as safe a manner as possible.

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