One of the hallmarks of physical therapy is hands-on treatment. While some injuries can be managed through education and exercise alone, most will benefit from additional treatment with with manual techniques. Physical therapists are trained and licensed to provide soft tissue mobilization techniques, joint mobilization techniques, and joint manipulation techniques, as well as manual stretching and strengthening. Soft tissue mobilization includes various massage techniques to improve muscle and myofascial tissue mobility, reduce adhesions and scar tissue, and reduce muscle tension and pain. It can include instrument-assisted techniques using metal tools to assist with the mobilization, such as the Graston technique. Joint mobilization targets stretching to the ligaments surrounding a joint to improve their mobility. Joint manipulation is similar, but applies the forces more rapidly than with mobilization, often achieving a cavitation or “crack”. All of these techniques can be used on regions throughout the body as needed, although they may not all be needed to treat every injury. All of the therapists at BE Fit are dedicated to giving their patients what they need to get better – including these valuable hands-on techniques.