Joint Manipulation

A passive, high velocity, low amplitude thrust applied to a joint complex within its anatomical limit* with the intent to restore optimal motion, function, and/ or to reduce pain.

Manipulation is a passive technique where the therapist applies a specifically directed manual impulse, or thrust, to a joint, at or near the end of the passive (or physiological) range of motion.

It is an intervention Physiotherapists have been employing since the beginning of physical therapy practice. The APTA has created a page that delineates the difference between physical therapy manipulation and chiropractic manipulation.