What is Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy?

All EQPT physical therapists are skilled in orthopedic manual therapy and have achieved post-doctorate level training in spinal and peripheral joint mobilization and manipulation. Manual therapy has been proven in the literature to facilitate the rehab process, speed up recovery, reduce pain, and improve outcomes when compared to exercise alone.

We follow clinical guidelines and utilize these skills when it is applicable to your specific condition. Each visit at Equilibrium is 1:1 in a private treatment room with a manual therapy hi/lo table, which allows for your skilled clinician to spend the necessary time with you to improve joint mobility and reduce pain with hands-on techniques.  We pride ourselves here at at equilibrium as being one of the premier manual therapy clinics in NYC and are located conveniently on the upper east side of Manhattan.


Here are some common advanced manual therapy certifications which physical therapists can obtain:

A physical therapist may be certified in Manual Therapy from a variety of different Organizations.  Manual Therapy focuses on joint mobilization and manipulation and provides a physical therapist with advanced hands on techniques to rehabilitate patients.  Each organization teaches a slightly different method of practice, but all lead to advanced clinical practice.  A physical therapist must take a series of courses and pass a certification exam in order to carry one of these advanced designations.

COMT:   Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist

MCMT:   Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy

MTC:     Manual Therapy Certification

CMPT:   Certified Manual Physical Therapist

CFMT:   Certified Functional Manual Therapist


Prenatal and Postnatal Massage Therapy at EQPT

Massage Therapy for the expecting mother requires proper bolstering and positioning equipment as well as an experienced massage therapist who is aware of positioning restrictions during the various phases of pregnancy.  We are fortunate to have an experienced massage therapist on staff who is certified in the treatment of prenatal and postnatal mothers.  Polina Savelieva treats clients at Equilibrium Physical Therapy which is located at 261 East 78th Street, 2nd floor, Manhattan, NY, 10075.  Click the link below to watch her bio and learn more about practice.

During pregnancy, there is a significant increase in the demand on the musculoskeletal system from the excess weight and altered center of gravity. This can often lead to low back pain among other muscular stresses and strains.  Prenatal massage therapy allows for recovery of the musculoskeletal system during this time of high demand on the body and also is associated with decreased labor pain.

There is a postnatal recovery period where the new mother must recover from the end of pregnancy through delivery. Massage therapy has been clinically proven to relieve postnatal pain and stress, which facilitates a speedy recovery of strength and flexibility.

Here is the abstract from a recent study:

“Massage therapy has been demonstrated to be effective during pregnancy. Women who received massage therapy reported decreased depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain. Cortisol levels decreased and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreased, and the rate of prematurity was lower in the massage group. In a study of labor pain, women who received massage therapy experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 h shorter with less need for medication. An underlying mechanism we have been exploring is that these effects are mediated by increased vagal activity. This likely occurs by the stimulation of pressure receptors that are innervated by vagal afferent fibers, which ultimately project to the limbic system, including hypothalamic structures involved in autonomic nervous system regulation and cortisol secretion.”

      – Field T. Expert Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Mar;5(2):177-181.

Get to know Polina Savelieva, LMT – Massage Therapist

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