Tier 2 Services

Manual Physical Therapy

(*offered in-office, in-person at home, or virtually)

Manual Physical Therapy is an underutilized branch of physical therapy that seeks to realign the tissues in the body in order to relieve pain and stress.  Instead of relying on machines or devices to alleviate your pain, manual therapy is delivered with the hands for a much more personal and customized approach.

Hands-on therapy for one or a combination of the following:

  • Tissue Massage
  • Joint Mobilization/Manipulation
  • Stretching
  • Dry Needling
  • Cupping
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (Scraping) as appropriate

Instead of relying on machines or devices to alleviate your pain, manual physical therapy is delivered with the hands for a much more personal and customized approach. Our experts at Nikao Performance can combine manual therapy with your treatment plan in order to maximize your wellbeing and recovery. 

How does manual physical therapy differ from physical therapy?

Manual physical therapy helps alleviate both chronic and acute pain through several techniques including myofascial release, fluid techniques, joint mobilizations, fascial stretching, dry needling, scraping, and more.

Instead of treating the symptoms, manual therapy strives to find the root of the problem and work from there and can be combined with traditional physical therapy services. 

Whether your pain is acute or chronic, our experts will evaluate your body from head to toe, seeking out any aches that could be from injury, trauma, illness, and life. Even if you’ve never had an acute injury, the possibility of chronic pain is always present.

It’s best to treat the symptoms early rather than wait for a debilitating symptom to show. 

While physical therapy focuses on a more “hands-off” approach with equipment like a TENS unit, manual physical therapy is a subset that is much more hands-on: by physically manipulating the tissues in your body, your physical therapy exercises should become easier to perform.

Manual therapy is a complement to physical therapy, therefore it is a great addition to your treatment program. While all manual physical therapy is part of physical therapy, not all physical therapy is manual therapy.

Your care team at Nikao Performance will determine the best route to alleviate your pain. 

Feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment. With Nikao Performance leading your recovery, you can feel relieved that you will be able to return to the activities that you love, pain-free.

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*In-office: sessions located at our main Tempe location
*In-person at home: part of our Nikao Elite services where we come to you at your house!
*Telehealth sessions: we connect virtually to you via webcam