Manual Therapy Colchester, Essex 

Choose Colchester Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic for services in manual therapy in Colchester, Essex. Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment modality which involves assessment and mobilisation of your soft tissue and joints.  
Manual therapy is effective in modulating pain and improving the mobility of soft tissue and joints, augmenting your ability to exercise with a reduced level of discomfort and facilitating greater ranges of pain-free movement. Manual therapy can be used on peripheral joints e.g. Shoulder, Knee, Hip and Spinal joints and our physicians are available to provide a range of techniques in manual therapy in Colchester, Essex and the surrounding areas. 

Mobilisation Techniques include: 

Passive accessory mobilisation - the therapist mobilises individual joints. 

Mobilisation with movement - the therapist assists joint movement while you actively move. 

Manual traction – joints surfaces are distracted to reduce compression 

Manipulation - a high velocity joint movement is created to achieve end range movement. 

Soft tissue massage is also a form of manual therapy and is often used in combination with the mobilisation techniques mentioned above. 


Manual Therapy Physiotherapy in Colchester, Essex 

Manual therapy has many benefits including reducing pain and stiffness in movement. It is often used alongside other forms of physiotherapy treatment, for example: 
Whether movement is painful or stiff, we use different techniques to ease movement and improve function. You can then maintain this through regular exercise. 
Manual therapy can be a helpful tool in the rehabilitation of acute and subacute injuries, joint stiffness and muscle tightness. 
If you think this treatment may help you, book an initial consultation with our team at Colchester Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic today. We will work with you and find the best treatment plan for your needs. 

Conditions Manual Therapy can Treat 


What is Manual Therapy? 
Manual therapy is an effective technique in regulating pain and improving the mobility of soft tissue and joints. This treatment can improve your ability to exercise with reduced discomfort and ease you into greater ranges of pain-free movement. 
Manual therapy is often used on peripheral joints e.g. shoulder, knee, hip and spinal joints. 
Manual therapy techniques can consist of small or large amplitude movements. These techniques can be applied within a pain-free range when pain is acute. It can be applied into a painful or stiff range when pain is minimal or movement is stiff. 
What Does Manual Therapy Help Treat? 
Some of the things Manual Therapy can be used to help treat are: 
acute or subacute injuries 
joint stiffness 
joint dysfunction 
certain stages of frozen shoulder 
muscle soreness. 
How Does Manual Therapy Work? 
Manual therapy is a neuromodulatory technique. By applying movement to tissue this creates a physiological response that results in less pain and discomfort. 
What Are Manual Therapy Techniques? 
There are many manual therapy techniques. The majority of techniques are placed in three groups: 
Passive accessory - 
These techniques are gliding movements which the therapist applies while you are at rest. Typically these are applied as an oscillatory or sustained pressure to a particular joint in a specific direction. This assists with joint or soft tissue mobility. 
Passive Physiological movement - 
These techniques involve the therapist moving a joint through its normal or available range of movement. These techniques can also be applied as an oscillatory or sustained movement. 
Mobilisation with movement (MWMs) - 
This technique is where you actively move in a direction assisted by the therapist. MWMs help you to move by applying pressure to joints and soft tissue. 
"Just wanted to say many thanks for your help in getting greater rotation in my clunky, clicky shoulder joint! Very happy to say I now have full rotation and can 'windmill' equally on both sides with no discomfort and various yoga positions are also much more comfortable as a result. The clunking is also reduced and I'll continue with exercising to hopefully maintain the improvements. Many thanks once again." 
Patricia - 19 June 2018 


Craig Fowlie 

Senior Physiotherapist with a Masters Degree in  
Sports & Exercise Medicine 

Jane Marr 

Senior Physiotherapist with a Masters Degree in 
Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy 

Amy Eade 

Senior Physiotherapist 
Cancer Care Specialist 

Kath Birks 

Sports Massage Therapist 

Carl Green 

Senior Physiotherapist 
Specialist Musculoskeletal 

Fill in the form below and a member of our team will contact you shortly 

Our Accreditations 

Our site uses cookies. For more information, see our cookie policy. Accept cookies and close
Reject cookies Manage settings