Manual Therapy is any “hands-on” treatment that is performed by your physiotherapist. There are many different types of treatment available to use by your physiotherapist, and they will choose them according to your unique needs.

Types of Manual Therapy

For joint stiffness, treatments may include passively moving joints in specific directions and at different speeds and with different forces, to regain movement (joint mobilization and manipulation). There are also techniques that mobilise joints with movement (ie Mulligans techniques)

To increase muscle length, treatments may include muscle stretching and passive movements of the affected body part. Another technique involves having the patient move the body part against the therapist’s resistance to improve muscle activation and timing (PNF patterns and muscle energy techniques)

Selected specific soft tissue techniques may also be used to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles. This includes myofascial releases, a massage technique to mobilise the fascia (thin, tough connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle), deep tissue massage and trigger point releases. A trigger point can be defined as a hyperirritable point within a taut band of muscle -a tender “knot” in the muscle tissue. A trigger point release usually involves the application of sustained force over the “knot” until the pain and tension in the muscle subsides.

Conditions Manual Therapy can help with

  • Spinal pain
  • Joint stiffness from arthritis
  • Joint stiffness after surgery
  • Rehab after fractures

What to Expect

Your physio will ask you your goal for treatment, check your movement and will need to see clearly the joints involved to find where the restriction is. They may choose to use some equipment eg roller or massage ball to assist the “loosening up” of your soft tissues. They will teach you ways to continue some of these treatments at home to optimise your recovery.

What to Bring

Wear comfortable, loose clothing so joints can be exposed, medications list and any imaging results, surgery report or post-op instructions from your surgeon

Our Manual Therapy Gurus

Ceridwen Way

Director & Principal Physiotherapist

Dan Turner

Director & Principal Physiotherapist

Natali Zantvoort

Senior Physiotherapist

Katrina King

Senior Physiotherapist

Luke Skillington


Adeline Green


Christina Zaki

Christina Zaki


Stefanie Gawlik

Stefanie Gawlik


Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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