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What is Manual Therapy?

Manual therapy is one of the most effective “Hands-on therapy “ techniques. It involves using hands to apply pressure, movement or manipulation to the muscle, joints , tissue or nerves of the body. 

The core principle of manual therapy lies in its ability to target specific areas, manipulating joints and soft tissues to alleviate pain and enhance mobility. This hands-on approach aids in tissue repair, reduces inflammation, and releases tension in muscles and nerves. Manual therapy is often combined with other forms such as therapeutic exercises and activity, neuromuscular rehabilitation, modalities and patient education to achieve better results.

Nanda Kumar Belliraman Subramanian
Nanda Kumar Belliraman Subramanian
2024-06-29
I came to know this physical therapy center by myself through surfing Google. Mrs. Mruga who is the physical therapist given caring and full support for my wife. She is very friendly and her way of giving therapy is phenomenal. She thoroughly listened to my spouse medical history on day 1 and started the session with complete professionalism. The ambience and hospitality are very good. I sincerely thankful to Mrs. Mruga for all her support throughout multiple sessions. I strongly recommend Radiant Physical therapy for one who looking for therapy which provide positive response within San Jose location. My Best wishes to Mrs. mruga for all your future endeavors. Thanks again.
Dipti Patel
Dipti Patel
2024-06-24
I really live it. Friendly environment.
rohit vaidya
rohit vaidya
2024-06-21
Mruga Dani is a very good physiotherapist. I had a couple of injuries from marathon training. She helped me understand what was happening and explained the severity to me. During the sessions she talks. She will help you understand the technicalities by telling you how each exercise or stretching helps and which muscle group it targets. She did not limit herself to treating a specific injury. She helped me understand how the injury was related to weakness in certain muscle groups. We worked towards making those muscle groups stronger. I had a very holistic recovery as well as learning experience working with her. I am able to run better, faster and stronger. I don't hope for any injuries anymore but would like to work with her in the future.
GK
GK
2024-06-07
Visited Radiant with stiff neck and they were able to accommodate me in the same day. The exercises and suggestions provided by Mruga are very helpful in alleviating the pain.
Pooja Pandya
Pooja Pandya
2024-06-03
Here comes Mruga Dani as a savior at Radiant Physical Therapy! I was suffering from severe pain on my hip and lower back which went on for a week.The session was very satisfactory where the pain was thoroughly checked and no rush on reaching to conclusion. I was given demonstration for each exercise and also was advised to continue at home. Also, I liked how she accommodates with your preference to the appointment timings. I highly recommend Radiant PT for top-notch care and personal attention.
Jason Lee
Jason Lee
2024-05-31
This is my first time getting treatment from a physical therapist and I can say it has been an amazing experience. Their expertise and dedication to my recovery have been outstanding. Each session is tailored to my needs, and I've seen incredible progress. The facility is clean, well-equipped, and offers a welcoming atmosphere. If you're looking for top-notch physical therapist, this is the place!
Suruchi Shah
Suruchi Shah
2024-05-30
Radiant Physical Therapy stands out for its exceptional care. Under the guidance of Mruga Dani, my shoulder and neck injury, which had been a persistent issue impacting my sleep for weeks, found swift relief. Ms. Dani's nuanced approach and dedication to detail ensured that the treatment was not only effective but also tailored to my specific needs. There was a noticeable improvement within days, leading to a full recovery. I am genuinely grateful for Ms. Dani's professionalism and the quality of care provided. Would highly recommend!!
Julianna Acero
Julianna Acero
2024-05-24
I recently had my first session with Dr. Mruga, and I can confidently say she is the kindest doctor I have ever met. Her thorough examination and compassionate approach were truly remarkable. During our initial visit, she not only assessed my condition meticulously but also encouraged me to advocate for further screenings if my symptoms worsen, demonstrating her thoughtfulness and dedication to my well-being. Dr. Mruga’s kindness and genuine care have made a significant impression on me, and I am genuinely excited about continuing treatment with her. Her ability to blend professionalism with empathy is unparalleled, and I have not experienced such a level of compassion with any other doctor. If you are in need of a physical therapist, I highly recommend visiting Dr. Mruga. Her commitment to her patients' health and her considerate manner ensure that you will receive exceptional care. I wish I could give her more than 5 stars because she truly deserves it.
Anagha Mathew
Anagha Mathew
2024-05-10
I cannot recommend Mruga highly enough for anyone in need of pelvic floor physical therapy. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed and understood. She is not only incredibly knowledgeable but also compassionate and attentive to my needs. After struggling with diastasis recti, I was desperate for a solution. Thankfully, I found Mruga, who not only provided effective treatment but also empowered me with knowledge and encouragement every step of the way. I was amazed to see visible changes within the first few weeks of treatment! Her personalized approach and expertise truly made all the difference. I am forever grateful for the positive impact she has had on my health and well-being. If you're searching for a pelvic floor physical therapist who goes above and beyond, look no further than Mruga Dani. Thank you for everything!
Shishir Malani
Shishir Malani
2024-05-08
Dr. Mruga Dani is one of the most hard working and considerate doctors with not only an advanced knowledge of PT techniques but also an amazing bedside manner. Not only has she cured my neck/back pain issues, but has been instrumental in helping me rehab my knee after ACL and meniscus surgery. Her 1:1 personalized and dedicated care combined with spacious and well equipped facilities have helped my speedy recovery. Thank you!

What We Can Treat With Manual Therapy

frequently used manual therapy techniques

IASTM / Graston Technique


In this specialized form of manual therapy, ergonomic stainless steel tools are used to gently massage and scrape the targeted areas to address pain and inflammation, scar tissue and adhesions, muscle spasms and tightness, and joint stiffness that will help to promote mobility and recovery. Physical therapists employ the IASTM/Graston Technique to address a spectrum of disorders, from Upper/ lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and rotator cuff tears to quadricep pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and headaches. If you’ve suffered a soft tissue injury, encountered a sports-related incident, or experienced mobility issues post-injury, the IASTM/Graston Technique can be your tool for recovery. 

Soft Tissue Mobilization / Myofascial Release 


Myofascial release is a type of hands-on therapy that aims to relieve tension and pain in the fascia, the connective tissue that covers and supports the muscles. By applying gentle and sustained pressure to the tight or restricted areas of the fascia, myofascial release can improve the range of motion, flexibility, and circulation of the affected tissues.
Soft tissue mobilization technique uses a hands-on -approach to manipulate muscle, ligaments and fascia of the body and targets scar tissue post-soft tissue injury by utilizing stretching and deep pressure to break down rigid muscle tissue, release fascial adhesions, improve tissue mobility and blood flow and promote healing. Let healing hands guide you towards enhanced range of motion and overall well-being, making STM an essential component of injury recovery and revitalized physical health.

Maitland joint mobilization – spine & extremities

Experience pain relief and enhanced mobility with the Maitland technique—a physiotherapy method dedicated to easing physical pain and stiffness. Acting as a diagnostic tool, it employs diverse mobilizations on the spine, peripheral joints, and other areas to improve freedom of movement. Through controlled, passive, and accessory movements, the Maitland approach systematically identifies and surpasses limitations. Our therapists guide you in muscle stretching, stabilization techniques, and exercises, enabling continued progress at home. Embrace a holistic approach to well-being, understanding, and addressing physical limitations with the Maitland technique—a key to a more flexible and resilient body.

Neuro Mobilization

This specialized technique focuses on optimizing nerve mobility, crucial for overall physical function. Our skilled practitioners utilize gentle and targeted movements to alleviate nerve tension, reducing pain and enhancing neural mobility. Neuromobilization is particularly beneficial for those dealing with conditions such as sciatica, nerve entrapment, and neuropathy. This precise and tailored approach promotes nerve health, contributing to improved flexibility, reduced discomfort, and enhanced overall well-being.

Muscle Energy Techniques 

This manual therapy approach engages active patient participation to correct musculoskeletal imbalances. Our skilled therapists guide you through specific muscle contractions, utilizing your own energy to enhance joint flexibility and restore optimal function. Muscle Energy Techniques are effective for addressing issues like joint stiffness, muscle tightness, and postural misalignments. By harnessing the power of your muscles through controlled isometric contractions, this technique promotes increased range of motion, reduced pain, and improved muscle balance.

frequently Asked Questions:

Is Manual Hands-on Therapy painful, & what does it feel like during a session?

While there might be some discomfort, manual therapy is generally not painful. We use controlled movements and communicate with clients to ensure comfort during the treatment. Patient’s response may vary depending on the nature of injury and technique used to address it.

How long does each Manual Hands-on Therapy session typically last, and how many sessions are needed?

Session duration varies but is commonly around 15 to 30 minutes. The number of sessions required depends on the individual’s condition, goals, and response to therapy. The therapist will discuss a personalized treatment plan with you.

Is Manual Hands-on Therapy suitable for all age groups?

Yes, manual therapy is generally suitable for all age groups. Therapists adapt their techniques based on the individual’s age, health status, and specific needs.

Are there any contraindications or situations where Manual Hands-on Therapy may not be recommended?

While generally safe, there are some contraindications. Individuals with certain health conditions or recent surgeries may need special consideration. It’s crucial to communicate openly with your therapist about your health history.

How long does it take to experience the benefits of Manual Hands-on Therapy?

The timeline for experiencing benefits varies. Some individuals may feel improvements after a few sessions, while others may take longer. Consistency in attending sessions and following therapist recommendations can influence the speed of results.

Treatment Fees

Assessment: $135

Follow Up: $100

Accepted Insurance
Seamless Coverage, Cash Accepted

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