Spine Care/Manual Therapy

Foothills Physical Therapy offers advanced care for all spine conditions. We provide cutting edge therapies including spine stabilization, manual therapy, Pilates, aquatic therapy, and dry needling to help our patients with spine pain get the results they expect.   

Our spine care providers are highly trained, with over 16 years of PT experience on average. Most of our physical therapists boast advanced training in spine care, including manual therapy training, dry needling certification, fellowship, and residency training.  

Common spine conditions treated:

  • Low back pain, acute and chronic
  • Neck pain including whiplash
  • Headache
  • Disc pathology including disc herniation and disc degeneration
  • Spinal joint conditions including degenerative joint disease, spondylosis, and facet osteo-arthritis
  • Spinal deformity including scoliosis and spondylolisthesis
  • Postoperative care for conditions including discectomy, lumbar and cervical fusion, laminectomy, and spinal decompression
  • Peripartum low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, sacroiliac and pubic joint dysfunction
  • Thoracic pain and rib dysfunction

Whether you are recovering from a major spinal surgery, recovering from a motor vehicle accident, or suffering from chronic low back pain, our therapists take an advanced, evidence-based, comprehensive approach to efficiently get you back to the activities you enjoy. Our providers help you prevent future recurrence through a tailored, prescriptive exercise treatment program that meets your individual needs.  

Foothills Physical Therapy has more manual therapy certified and fellowship trained physical therapists than any other practice in Idaho. You’re in good hands with Foothills Physical Therapy.


Manual Therapy Techniques 

“Manual therapy techniques are 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. Techniques may include manual lymphatic drainage, manual traction, massage, mobilization/manipulation, and passive range of motion. 

Physical therapists select, prescribe, and implement manual therapy techniques when the examination findings, diagnosis, and prognosis indicate use of these techniques to decrease edema, pain, spasm, or swelling; enhance health, wellness, and fitness; enhance or maintain physical performance; increase the ability to move; or prevent or remediate impairments in body functions and structures, activity limitations, or participation restrictions to improve physical function."
- APTA, Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 2014