Orthopaedic massage and manipulative therapies deal primarily with the musculo-skeletal or locomotor (movement) structures of the body, joints (spinal & peripheral), muscles, tendons, fasciae and supporting structures such as ligaments, cartilage, menisci and discs.
Working with the soft tissues and joints directly and the nervous system indirectly, treatments are devised to facilitate function of the locomotor system by helping joints achieve your normal neutral position via improved structural alignment and increased range of motion and mobility of joints and tissues.
Manipulative Therapy can be described as the "Application of an accurately determined and specifically directed manual force to the body, in order to improve mobility in areas that are restricted; in joints, in connective tissues or in skeletal muscles." - Korr (1978)
Orthopaedic Therapy utilises all the manual techniques of a Sports & Remedial and Advanced Remedial therapist in combination with manual muscle testing, nerve testing and specific orthopaedic tests, if required. This is to determine joint integrity, function, any restrictions or injury and their suitability for treatment or need for referral.