Manual therapy has been used since a long time within the profession of physiotherapy and physiotherapists have greatly contributed to the diversity in manual therapy techniques. 

The International Federation of Orthopaedic Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) defines orthopaedic manual physical therapy as: "a specialised area of physiotherapy for the management of NMS conditions, based on clinical reasoning, using highly specific treatment approaches including manual techniques and therapeutic exercises. Orthopaedic Manual Therapy also encompasses, and is driven by, the available scientific and clinical evidence and the biopsychosocial framework of each individual patient."


It’s an advanced area within physiotherapy based on manual examination and specialised treatment techniques integrated with exercise, education and other modalities to address pain, loss of function and wellness. 


Manual therapy is really a large umbrella which includes many specific hands-on techniques. Here’s a list of the most common ones we use at Physio K: 


  • Traction

  • Soft tissue work

  • Passive and active range of motion techniques

  • Joint mobilisations and translations

  • Trigger point therapy

  • Active release techniques

  • Myofascial release

  • Stretching

  • Neuromuscular release

  • Nerve sliders and tensioners

  • Joint manipulation / high velocity thrusts

  • Dry Needling


To be able to assess your problems with our hands alone, without the assistance of imaging (soft tissue and joint restrictions are not typically visible in most imaging) takes a special ability to feel these differences in tissue consistency. This is both a gift and a combined motor and sensory skill that takes time and patience to master. 


At Physio K, we do things quite differently. We use a combination of the best hands-on, manual therapy techniques with specific exercises and education. This will not only reduce your pain, but it will also give your healthy movement patterns back. We will try to find the root cause of your problem and show you how to prevent future recurrence of injury after the treatment. 


Bondi Junction, Eastern suburbs, Sydney