Also known as hands-on physical therapy, manual therapy uses no devices or machines. Instead, therapists use only their hands while performing skilled, specific hands-on techniques. In general, manual therapy includes soft tissue work and mobilization/manipulation.When performing soft tissue work, therapists apply pressure to the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. This pressure can help relax muscles, increase circulation, break up scar tissue, and reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation. With manual therapy, clinicians also commonly mobilize and manipulate joints. Mobilization/manipulation techniques assist to reduce pain, correct joint mechanics and allow for early return to exercises and daily function.