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Benefits of Hands on Physical Therapy in NJ

When you’re in pain, physical therapy can help you get the relief you need to heal and get back to your active lifestyle. But, with so many types of treatment options, it can be confusing to understand their differences and determine the reasons why you would use one technique vs the other. In this article we’ll describe how we use a hands on physical therapy approach at Twin Boro Physical Therapy in NJ as well as the benefits it can provide.

What is Hands On Physical Therapy?

Our licensed NJ therapists use hands on physical therapy, also referred to as “manual therapy,” together with other interventions to evaluate and treat patients with limitations moving a part or the whole body. Biomechanical limitations or musculoskeletal injuries are possible causes of these movement limitations. This specialized treatment technique requires skilled practitioners to use their hands and knowledge of how the body moves to help patients move again, hence the name: hands on physical therapy.

How Can Hands On Physical Therapy Benefit Me?

Since each individual has truly unique needs, the definition of what hands on physical therapy includes can change from person to person but generally includes subtle soft tissue mobilization as well as joint mobilization. It is through hands on physical therapy of an injured area that allows for increased movement that can increase circulation and function as well as a reduction in inflammation and pain.

Soft Tissue Hands On Physical Therapy

Soft tissue refers to the muscles, fascia and other connective tissues in the body.  Restrictions in movement of these body structures could be the cause of pain and/or activity limitations.

Hands on skilled therapy involves the physical therapist applying direction-specific, appropriate level of pressure on the restricted tissue to regain normal movement of the structures.

A hands on physical therapy approach for soft tissue mobilization benefits patients by reducing pain, increasing mobility, flexibility and range of motion as well as increasing circulation and reducing soft tissue tension.

Joint Mobilization

Joint mobilization is also a form of hands on therapy to help patients regain normal movement. The intervention improves joint extensibility, range of motion, increased joint nutrition, increases joint lubrication and decreased articular joint pain. Through a combination of hands on therapy and therapeutic exercises, a therapist can also help the patient strengthen and stabilize the joint.

For example, imagine you have a tight, painful shoulder. With hands on mobilization you receive the benefits of increased blood flow and mobility to allow for greater range of motion and ability to use the shoulder better after the manual therapy treatment.  Necessary exercises can then be done to increase the functional ability of the joint.

Twin Boro: Top Hands On Physical Therapy in NJ

At Twin Boro, we custom tailor treatment and techniques specific to each patient. Whether you require hands on physical therapy to heal from a sports injury or postoperative recovery, our compassionate and experienced rehabilitation experts are here to help.

If you are unsure about physical therapy or have questions regarding your condition, contact us online or search the nearest NJ location near you to speak with someone directly.

*It’s important to note that each patient has different needs; not everyone will benefit from this form of treatment. Work with your therapist to decide whether hands on physical therapy is right for your condition.

Why Choose Twin Boro

Voted Readers’ Choice Best of New Jersey in 2013, Twin Boro has provided NJ residents with high quality physical therapy and rehab for over 38 years! It’s our award winning approach, proven results and reputation that sets us apart. By incorporating the latest and most reliable scientific research and techniques into an effective evidence-based practice, we deliver only the highest standard of care with a unique one-on-one approach.

It’s no surprise that Twin Boro Physical Therapy has also been voted the best physical therapy practice in New Jersey by the readers of

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