Instrumented manual therapy improves tissue and scar mobility and increases blood flow to aid the healing process while relieving pain.

What is instrumented manual therapy?

During instrumented manual therapy, physical therapists use an ergonomically designed tool (made of stainless steel, plastic, buffalo horn, or jade) to initiate controlled microtrauma in the affected soft tissue, stimulating a local inflammatory response. This encourages tissue healing, remodeling, and restoration—particularly at the cellular level—that otherwise may not occur on its own.

What are the benefits?

In addition to encouraging tissue healing, instrumented manual therapy tools allow physical therapists to more easily feel tissue tension. By identifying and treating the root cause of tissue tension, your physical therapist will tailor your treatment plan to help you move better with less pain.


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