Shannon SchultzThis blog is from Shannon Schultz, the new TherapyPlus Northwest clinic supervisor! Shannon is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She then earned her doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Shannon specializes in orthopedic and sports-related injuries with particular interest in rehabilitation of the shoulder. She also enjoys working with patients in their return-to-work or recreational goals. Shannon is married and has two children who keep her busy with activities of all sorts.


Madonna TherapyPlus Physical TherapyAccording to the American Physical Therapy Association and their Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, manual therapy is defined as “skilled hand movements and skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissue and are intended to improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; induce relaxation; mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction.”

Manual therapy is a hands-on treatment approach that requires selection of appropriate techniques based on the subjective and objective examination performed by a physical therapist. Based on these findings, a physical therapist is able to incorporate types of manual therapy to increase strength, muscle function, ability to move/return to activity; decrease pain, swelling, muscle spasm, or edema; improve impairments and or dysfunction in everyday activities.

Research has shown that the most effective treatment strategies utilize a combination of customized manual therapy techniques along with specific exercises to optimize recovery. The benefits of human touch in the natural healing process provide patients with a sense of comfort and connection while in the care of a physical therapist.

Orthopedic manual physical therapists are able to treat both acute and chronic pain symptoms and/or injuries. They are able to treat all areas of the body from cervical neck pain down to foot and ankle pain.

At Madonna TherapyPlus, we are able to provide a wide range of manual therapy techniques, including:

  • Joint mobilization
  • Passive range of motion
  • Flexibility/Stretching
  • Soft tissue mobilization/Deep tissue mobilization
  • Myofascial release
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization using the Graston® Technique

Madonna TherapyPlus has four locations with experts who combine proven techniques with state-of-the-art technology, whether you have a sport or orthopedic injury or are looking for more complex neurological therapy, you will get the results you need to get back to life, work and play. Click here to contact us.

This information is for education purposes. Check with your health care provider starting any new exercise or treatment programs.