What Is "Manual Therapies"?

I've gotten a lot of questions asking about manual therapies-- what are manual therapies, how is that different from massage therapy, are you a massage therapist...?
Here are answers to those questions and some information that will hopefully clear up some confusion.
Within the physical therapy profession, manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing 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.
Some specific techniques I utilize in treatments are:
*Integrated Sports Massage
*Myofascial Release
*Trigger Point Release
*Joint Mobilization
*Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage 

Here's something I found on the internet. It makes a VERY general statement, but it will give you an idea... 
Manual Therapy VS. Massage, What’s The Difference?
At first glance it is easy to mistake manual therapy for a massage because many of the techniques are so similar. However, there are differences between these two treatment methods.
Massage is the use of rhythmically applied pressure to the skin and soft tissues of the body to reduce tension, anxiety, stress, and promote overall circulation, relaxation, and flexibility. Massage typically comes from a service standpoint.
Manual therapy is the application of hands-on techniques to body tissues by a physical therapist with intent to therapeutically asses and treat and comes from a medical standpoint. Some manual therapy techniques utilized by physical therapist include soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, strain-counter strain, muscle energy techniques, joint mobilizations and manipulations, and mobilization with movement.
Manual therapy can be utilized to assess dysfunction, increase joint range of motion, decrease pain, and improve healing.
The education and skill level needed to practice manual therapy is much more comprehensive than that of massage therapy. Physical Therapists are highly educated health care providers that receive extensive instruction on the use of manual therapy techniques to both evaluate and treat patients.
As for my credentials, I am licensed in physical therapy, I am not a massage therapist. 
However, I am experienced in, and perform, Swedish style massage treatments upon request for those of you who just want a REALLY good massage without the intensity of manual therapies, yet still has milder corrective benefits.
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