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Manual Therapy

Pain can greatly interfere with a person’s quality of life. Whether you’re suffering from an injury or medical condition, Evolution Physical Therapy provides manual therapy to relieve pain caused by muscle spasms, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.

Where Can I Get Manual Therapy?

Evolution proudly offers manual therapy for patients at all of our physical therapy clinics. Find your nearest location to schedule an appointment today

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What is Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that uses skilled and highly specific hands-on techniques without the assistance of devices or machines. Manual therapy generally involves two kinds of movement: soft tissue work and joint mobilization/manipulation. 

Every movement in our joints consists of a roll component and a glide component. When we start to notice mechanical pain in certain joints, we often find that there’s a significant discrepancy between the rolling and gliding components within that joint.

Overall range of motion can be significantly limited due to a loss of the gliding component of that joint. By using manual therapy techniques, this joint glide can be restored to significantly improve overall range of motion and function.

Benefits of Manual Therapy

Your physical therapist may use manual therapy to improve the mechanics of your joints. Typically, you will be given an exercise program to either stabilize or further mobilize your joint independently, in order to create a lasting improvement. There are several benefits of manual therapy, including:

Who Should Consider Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy is often utilized for issues stemming from the spine, such as acute and chronic back pain. This technique is recommended for patients of all ages and activity levels. Manual therapy can be implemented as a helpful treatment for a wide range of issues or conditions, including:

Functional Movement Screen (FMS) & Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

The FMS and SFMA are an evaluative system composed of seven movement tests that require a balance of both mobility and stability. This is a total body assessment. These patterns are used to assess the quality of movements in the body. Weakness, imbalance, asymmetries and limitations in the movement patterns allow clinicians to treat the weakest link. These systems are very helpful during the initial patient examination and can help guide the clinician to choose the most effective treatment option for the individual, to get to the heart of their dysfunction in the quickest manner possible.

Learn More About Manual Therapy at Your Nearest Evolution Location

Our physical therapists will often perform manual therapy techniques as part of your evaluation and diagnosis to help them assess your condition. Contact us today for more information!

We’re Making People Move Again

Experience the difference of a hands-on approach to physical therapy when you partner with Evolution! Take a look at our reviews below and see what other patients are saying.

Lindsay and the whole staff of Evolution P/T are very knowledgeable, patient and friendly.
Susan mann
Carole is amazing at what she does. She is really helping me recover from 2 ankle surgeries. I can really feel the difference from other therapist I’ve had.
Aaron medina
Aaron Medina
Daniel is an amazing physical therapist - his knowledge and care for his patients far surpasses anywhere else I’ve been. He fine tunes his programs to suit his patients’ daily needs, which means he pays attention!
Excellent help for my problem from Daniel
Betty halac
Betty Halac
Very knowledgeable and experienced staff
Jeanie butler
Jeanie Butler
I had a great experience at Evolution PT. The facilities are clean & everyone is so friendly. My therapist, Mitchell, was super knowledgeable, professional and patient with me. He helped me develop an exercise plan for my torn meniscus that has so far helped me avoid the need for surgery. Highly recommend Evolution PT.
I came to Evolution from a doctor’s recommendation after a knee injury prevented me from running. 8 weeks later I am back to running pain free!My physical therapist Jen was super knowledgeable and taught me a lot about my body and what I need to do to be able to run and operate at peak performance for the rest of my life! I had to work hard for it but with Jen’s guidance my progress was very consistent!
Lorenzo gentile
Lorenzo Gentile
The instructor Ted is awesome.
Revital amir
Revital Amir
I have chronic back and hip issues; although a candidate for surgery postponing indefinitely. After a few searches and reviews decided to try this location. Front desk team were helpful and informative regarding insurance plan (Medicare+supplemental). Easy to schedule. There is metered and side street parking. I always found a spot. Be prepared and patient though.Erica Seto was awesome; she reviewed my both MRIs provided comforting feedback, explained her process. I had my own patient portal so I could continue the recommended exercises at home.I practice Tai Chi regularly, she helped identify why I had issues with some of the poses; easy corrections.Highly recommend Erica and this location. This is an active and lively location. Very upbeat and positive team.
Bobbi odonnell
Bobbi ODonnell
Hello. My name is Vivian Chinelli. I highly recommend my physical therapist, Jonathan Bernfeld. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional, encouraging and fun! He's helped me move through my range of motion issues caused by frozen shoulder very quickly. Just a few more tweaks and I'll be free and clear of movement and pain issues.
Rick chinelli
Rick Chinelli
Mitchell McLaughlin has truly helped me by taking the time to access my injury and by continually adjusting my stretching/strengthening routine. His knowledge of the body and concern and care for my injury make him a truly effective physical therapist. My injury is 5 years old and he’s the first one to address the root causes of my injury. I’m stronger and in less pain after only 4 weeks of pt. The environment at Evolution PT is open and easy going. Always greeted with a smile, and cancelling/rescheduling (w/24 hours notice) is simple. There is ample street parking in all directions.
Joe feldman
Joe Feldman
Jonathan Bernfeld is a truly knowledgeable and gifted physical therapist— he understands anatomy and is highly skilled. And he really cares about his patients. Jonathan substantially improved my pain and stiffness. I would definitely recommend John for anyone in need of physical therapy.
Stewart levin
Stewart levin
Lauren great!!!
Eugene tuch
Eugene Tuch
I came to Evolution Physical Therapy to heal a knee injury so I could get back to training for my next marathon. Dr. Carole Gong has been absolutely wonderful in assessing my weaknesses and teaching me the exercises I need to build strength and heal quickly. She is compassionate and, as a runner herself, understands how important the sport is to me. More importantly, having a reliable physical therapy program gives you the confidence and freedom to know that you are on the path to recovery so you can get back to doing the life activities you love. The patients here come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds in their physical needs, from post-surgery healing to age-related mobility issues to athletic people recovering from injuries. Everyone is welcome. The Evolution facilities in Beverly Hills are clean and well maintained, and the front desk is well organized and efficiently run with scheduling and billing. Highly recommended!
Baolu lan
Baolu Lan
Jennifer is a life saver. She is kind, patient, methodical and professional. If you need physical therapy, don’t look elsewhere. I have been there and done that.
Daniel elihu
Daniel Elihu
Evolution PT has been excellent for strengthening my neck to return to running.Carol Gong has been my PT therapist. She’s very professional and experienced. I’ve gotten the tools /exercises to become aware of what I can do myself @ home to relieve neck pain, strengthen neck/shoulders/back and continue my running routine. Evolution works with you with exercises @ each session. It gets you into the routine of doing the important exercises!
Sheila walton
Sheila Walton
One wonderful thing about by terrible bike accident has been getting to work with the best PT in L.A., Dr. Ethan. The charisma he brings to his work is beyond compare. Ethan doesn't just treat his patients he forms relationships with them; you'll feel his support and care from the moment you walk in. Watching him nurture junior staff and help young kids recovering from injuries during their jr. sport career with passion and presence is simply a joy. His slappin playlists, lively personality and humor keep every session fresh and fun. I wouldn't have kept up with my recovery with out this sensational human <3
Melissa braxton
Melissa Braxton
I had the pleasure of working with Lauren Lee and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a PT. From our initial evaluation, she correctly diagnosed my injury (later proven correct through an MRI) that my primary care doctor had misdiagnosed, and she properly designed my treatment plan accordingly. She is also extremely easy to work with, caring, encouraging, and knowledgeable. Definitely 5/5 and would return myself for my next injury.
Joshua p
Joshua P

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