Manual Therapy

What is it?

Manual therapy is a specialized physical therapy used to treat musculoskeletal problems like lower back or neck pain without assistance from devices or machines. Instead, trained practitioners use skilled hands-on movements to diagnose and treat biomechanical injuries by kneading and manipulating the muscles, joints, and soft tissues. Your treatment may include a range of techniques, such as Myofascial Release Therapy, which involves locating stiff or fixed areas, applying gentle pressure to the muscles’ connective tissues, and releasing tension within the fascia. Another therapy commonly utilized is Joint Mobilization, which uses small, specific movements to manually apply targeted forces on a joint, helping to improve mobility and facilitate lubrication. Since there are many different types of manual therapy techniques, a physical therapist can determine which plan best fits your needs.

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Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy is staffed with a professional and caring team of experts with clinical experience in utilizing Manual Therapy. Browse through our physical therapist profiles to learn how they can help you with restoring functionality.

Manual Therapy Benefits

How can it help me?

Patients undergoing manual therapy experience pain reduction, increased range of motion and improved mobility. The sophisticated hand movements induce relaxation, change muscle function and improve tissue extensibility. These effects support the body’s healing and recovery and can improve an individual’s overall physical fitness and health. Most people notice some benefits within just a few treatment sessions. The length of treatment will vary depending on the condition and symptoms treated. Still, many experience relief in just two to four visits. Patients typically receive treatment once or twice weekly, along with therapeutic exercises and other physical therapy treatments.

Techniques and Exercises

What we incorporate into our treatments

Manual therapy can include techniques or exercises such as:

  • Myofascial Release
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Manual stretching
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Medical massage
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
  • PNF stretching
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT)
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
  • Neural Tissue Tension Techniques
  • Strain Counterstrain
  • Positional Release Therapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Visceral Mobilization
  • Edema massage
  • Lymphedema and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
  • Active release
  • Manual traction
  • Cupping therapy
  • Dry needling

Who is eligible for Manual Therapy

Common symptoms and conditions

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle tension and tightness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Limited mobility
  • Acute pain or injuries.
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Shoulder pain
  • Joint pain


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Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy began as an idea to bring the highest quality physical therapy to all people in our community. We wanted to offer the best that NYC has in health care while not marginalizing people based on socioeconomic boundaries (race, income, language, religion, etc). We offer a “concierge style service” and continue to accept many commercial insurances, medicare and even medicaid policies.


common faq's

Since this is a physical therapy session which will require a physical examination and therapeutic exercise (varies by patient), we ask all our patients to come prepared. Please come dressed in loose fitted clothing that will allow for easy mobility, comfort, and access to the area of complaint. In addition we recommend sneakers with soles that grip to prevent slips or falls.

The need for a referral depends on what type of insurance you have. Most insurance plans do not require one, however some insurances do. For example, if you have HIP, you will need a referral from your primary care physician. We ask that you check to see what your health insurance plan requires prior to your initial visit. If you are unsure, please contact our front office and we’ll do our best to determine whether or not you require a referral.

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Each patients case and diagnosis is unique and requires the development of an individualized plan of care. Your physical therapist will give you an estimate of the number of sessions needed to reach a level of “feeling better”, during your initial evaluation.

Over time the number of visits may increase or decrease from the initial estimate, based on the progress made.

Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy accepts many of the available major insurance plans as well as alternate payment options, including cash/self-pay, to make our services accessible and affordable. Please visit the link below to view all information pertaining to Payment Options.


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