Manual Therapy

Joseph P. Mullane, MD

Sports Medicine & Family Medicine located in Hamilton and Robbinsville, Hamilton Square, NJ

Manual therapy can stretch muscles that are so tight or immobile from an injury that you can’t move them much on your own. At his private practice in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, Joseph Mullane, MD, offers manual therapy techniques like joint and spine mobilization to accompany and improve treatment with musculoskeletal injections. To find out if manual therapy can address your back or joint pain, call the office of Joseph Mullane, MD, near the Hamilton and Robbinsville neighborhoods, or request an appointment online today.

Manual Therapy Q & A

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy is a group of techniques that help you restore muscle and joint function. They can also be valuable tools for pain relief, especially when you get prolotherapy or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections in conjunction with them. Dr. Mullane creates your treatment plan especially for you, considering the injuries or conditions affecting you and your preferences while making decisions. 

Manual therapy is a lot like physical therapy. However, instead of using a device or machine to help you use and optimize your muscles and joints, Dr. Mullane uses his hands to move or place pressure on your soft tissues in a way that promotes healing, flexibility, mobility, and pain relief.

Dr. Mullane may also refer you to a physical therapist since coupling manual therapy with physical therapy often delivers the best outcome for injured or damaged joints. 

Which conditions can manual therapy address?

Like other treatments available at his office, Dr. Mullane frequently recommends various forms of manual therapy to treat pain in the joints or spine. If you feel pain consistently that doesn’t improve when you care for the joint or part of your spine at home, or if the condition limits your range of motion, manual therapy may be able to address it. 

Dr. Mullane might recommend you consider manual therapy for:

Symptoms like these can arise from degenerative damage, acute injuries, or overuse injuries.  These can affect various parts of the joints like the supportive ligaments and tendons or the joint discs or linings. Dr. Mullane may take X-rays or other imaging tests before starting your treatment, so he knows the exact location and extent of the damage.

What is joint and spine mobilization?

Joint and spine mobilization are specific techniques among many included in manual therapy. If you’re experiencing joint pain or lacking mobility in a joint, Dr. Mullane uses his hands to drive your affected joint’s movements. Some movements are slow and gentle, while others are quick and forceful. 

Joint mobilization helps train your muscles, ligaments, and tendons around a painful joint to be as mobile as they once were. He can also use this technique to align a joint that has fallen out of alignment and experiences too much pressure at specific points. 

Spinal mobilization restores mobility and reduces the pain that comes from the joints within your spine, called vertebral joints. It can help you manage pain in your back, particularly in the lumbar section or in your cervical spine (neck). Dr. Mullane uses controlled movements to loosen tight or constricted muscles and soft tissues near your spine.  

To find out if you should consider manual therapy and mobilization as part of your joint or back pain management plan, call Joseph Mullane, MD, or request an appointment online today.