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What is manual physiotherapy?

Manual therapy is a very general way to say we are using our hands to provide treatment. In a traditional sense, manual therapy means joint mobilizations and manipulations (see below) but in reality it means just about any form of hands-on soft tissue manipulation. There are SO MANY manual therapy techniques, too many to name. This article will hopefully provide you with a general idea of what it is.

Joint mobilization and joint manipulations

Basically, we are using our hands to move your joints in a specific way. Think of joint mobilization as “wiggling” your joint around in a particular direction, speed and amplitude. Joint manipulation is a small, high-velocity (very fast) movement of the joint, at the very end of the joint’s available movement. Joint manipulations usually create an audible popping sound!

We use mobilizations and manipulations to restore movement and reduce pain and ultimately get you back to your daily activities. When combined with therapeutic exercise, joint mobilizations/manipulations have a much better effect.

Joint mobilizations/manipulations can:

  • Relieve pain produced by both the joint and the surrounding soft tissues
  • Improve mobility of the joint (like a frozen shoulder) by targeting the connective tissues

Muscle Release Techniques

Muscle release techniques (MRT) is another broad category of techniques we use to treat reduced muscle tone and relieve pain. We use different combinations of these techniques all of the time! Here are a couple of examples:

  • Active and passive muscle release techniques: We’re holding down your muscle and releasing it through stretch and movement combined.
  • Muscle energy techniques: We get you to contract and relax your muscles while we manipulate them in various ways. One example is getting you to push against us, and then relax while we move you into the opposite direction. With this method, every time you relax after pushing against us, we’re able to bring you a little bit farther.

Why would I want manual therapy?

Manual therapy is a very fast way to relieve pain (body pain, chronic back pain, chronic injury pain, muscle pain, neck pain, joint pain, shoulder pain, etc.) and improve range of motion with the end goal of getting you back to your daily activities. Manual therapy has also been shown to increase blood flow in the human body which accelerates injury recovery. At our clinic, we also use manual therapy as a diagnostic tool to help us understand your problem and provide you with the best possible specialized treatment plans.

Who can perform manual therapy?

All of our clinicians technically perform a wide variety of manual therapy treatments. Our massage therapists, acupuncturist and registered physiotherapists all provide a variety of services including therapeutic massage, deep tissue massage and myofascial release.

At Maximum Potential Physiotherapy we also offer direct billing to many insurance companies. Contact us today to get on the road to recovery and start achieving your health goals.

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Vivian Overton


Vivian graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2010. She moved to Calgary and has worked in private practice in Calgary since January of 2011 (Maximum Potential Physiotherapy since 2013 and Country Hills Physiotherapy since 2016). Vivian has a large focus on assessing and treating the body as a…

Matt Wylie Physiotherapist

Matt Wylie


Matt graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta after completing an undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Originally from the Okanagan, Matt was drawn to the mountains in Alberta to pursue competitive cross-country skiing, staying in Alberta to pursue his education. Matt grew up playing…

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Selena Nemeth

Registered Massage Therapist

Selena is trained in myofascial deep tissue, prenatal, relaxation, orthopedic assessment and treatment of over 20 conditions including a focus on TMJ extra/intra oral massage. She is experienced in Swedish and non Swedish techniques, hydrotherapy, manual lymphatic drainage, joint play and remedial exercise. She will further develop and specialize through continuing education programs and other…

Stephanie Kezar RMT

Stephanie Kezar

Registered Massage Therapist

Stephanie has been a RMT for 10 years. She graduated her remedial massage therapy course at Mh Vicars in 2011. Stephanie has treated many array of injuries and conditions in the 10 years she’s been a RMT. Some of which are, scoliosis, TMJD, carpel tunnel syndrome, tennis and golfers elbow, plantar fasciitis, MVA’s and many…

Tina Marie Lomond Registered Massage Therapist

Tina Marie Lomond

Registered Massage Therapist

Tina Marie graduated from Mount Royal University in 2015 as a registered massage therapist. With over 15 years working in the Spa and wellness industry, Tina finds her passion in healing and providing hands-on therapy to clients with various injuries and chronic pain conditions. As someone who has experienced chronic pain on a personal level…

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Brittney Grant


Brittney is a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Physical Therapy program from the University of Alberta. Prior to her graduate studies, Brittney completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. During her Master’s degree, Brittney completed additional courses…


Nishia Richard

Registered Massage Therapist

Nishia enjoys working with people and helping people lead a life of wellness and health, so Nishia always knew she wanted to be in health care. Nishia graduated from CDI college in 2007 as a massage therapist and since then has loved her career and always aspires to learn different techniques to help people get…


Glyn Davies

Registered Massage Therapist

Glyn Davies graduated from Makami College’s 3000 Hour Advanced Massage Therapy program in 2021 and is a new graduate from the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada. Glyn specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Sports massage as well as Myofascial Cupping. Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Remodelling, Cranial Osteopathy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Visceral Manipulation are some…


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