Manual Therapy Plus

Manual therapy covers a range of specialised techniques used to assess and treat movement dysfunction in the body.


It includes a detailed biomechanical assessment of the muscles, joints, fascia and nerves as well manually applied movement techniques such as joint mobilisation, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilisation and neural mobilisation to treat excessive and restricted movement.

The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) defines manual therapy techniques as: “Skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilise or manipulate soft tissues and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction.”

The Physiotherapists at Canton Beach Physio have all taken courses in The Ridgway Method, Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, the Maitland Technique and the Mulligan Concept. In addition to this, they have all been trained by Physiotherapist Dr. LJ Lee in ConnectTherapy™. ConnectTherapy™ uses specialised & powerful hands-on techniques to assess and treat all parts of the body in methods not taught in the traditional system.


You will find at Canton Beach Physio that the therapists use different techniques than you may experienced before – not only for the thoracic spine and ribcage (Thoracic Ring Approach™), but for the neck, shoulders, low back and pelvis, hips, knees and ankles/feet. One of the many differences in how we do manual therapy at Canton Beach Physio relates to how we integrate manual therapy with movement in both assessment & treatment.


In the ConnectTherapy™ and The Ridgway Method, we use hands-on manual therapy techniques with movement to facilitate faster changes and train the nervous system to use the new options gained.The combination of hands-on release and movement is a powerful way to stimulate & train new movement pathways. You will find that your Physiotherapist will have you doing movements while they perform hands-on releases for your muscles, fascia and nerves, called “dynamic release and train”.

As part of your treatment you will be taught how to perform manual therapy with movement at home.


By performing these techniques at home you will improve quicker and have your own toolbox of methods to use for getting pain relief when you want it.So “Manual Therapy Plus” means that we use our hands-on techniques in a variety of ways, and we will get you to move while we release and train in an integrated way.