Manual Therapy in DuluthManual Therapy in Duluth

Manual Therapy in Duluth

More doctors and physical therapists are incorporating manual therapy techniques into their treatments plans. These approaches can reduce pain levels for individuals while improving quality of life.

The American Physical Therapy Association defines manual therapy as “skilled hand movements and skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissue.” This hands-on approach to physical therapy allows practitioners to move tight, swollen or restricted body parts. It can improve range of motion, increase joint mobility, decrease pain and reduce inflammation.


Manual therapy, also known as ‘hands-on’ therapy, is an effective and safe way to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It is not meant to be painful but rather promote healing and increase mobility without the use of potentially hazardous medications.

Manual therapy utilizes ‘hands-on’ techniques to mobilize joints, muscle, connective tissue and nerves in order to enhance movement and function. These non-invasive procedures have been proven effective at relieving pain and discomfort for patients of all ages and fitness levels – with minimal risk to the patient.

Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT): This national credential recognizes those who have successfully completed an intensive training program combining hands-on practice and didactic instruction. Graduates who successfully complete this one to two year advanced manual therapy training program will be awarded this certification.

At PT Solutions of Duluth’s Physical Performance Center, athletes can receive physical therapy services to enhance their performance and prevent injury. Our licensed physical therapists will create customized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s individual needs and goals.

Annita Winkels

Annita Winkels, PT, MS and OCS is an expert in physical therapy, exercise and manual techniques for the upper limb, spine and pelvis. Her office is conveniently situated along Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota and she treats a wide range of patients from children to seniors. She is renowned for her clinical expertise in adolescent and adult female health conditions such as urinary incontinence, bowel dysfunction, and painful intercourse. The best part is her team of highly-trained, dedicated therapists take time to get to know each patient so they can provide personalized and effective treatment plans. Furthermore, they prioritize customer service; always available to answer questions about treatments or make suggestions based on individual needs.

PT Solutions

PT Solutions is an award-winning physical therapy group with offices in Duluth, Chicago and New York City. Their multi-disciplinary team of experts can help you regain your quality of life.

PT Solutions in Duluth’s West End is your go-to source for local solutions to conditions such as neck pain and headaches, back pain, sports injuries and pre and postoperative rehabilitation. Their staff consists of licensed physical therapists, massage therapists and physical therapy assistants; all certified in their fields.

They boast a highly trained support staff with expertise in customer service, insurance, billing and administrative tasks. Plus they provide an impressive benefits package as well as flexible work hours to fit into your busy lifestyle.

In conclusion, PT Solutions in Duluth offers an enjoyable and rewarding job with clients as your top priority. Take a look at their online scheduling and booking features or call them for a complimentary consultation to find out more.

Todd Perry

Todd Perry, DPT, OCS, CMT is a licensed physical therapist specializing in manual therapy and evidence-based practice. His passion lies in imparting critical thinking skills to students while providing them with guidance to succeed clinically.

He has a distinguished career in the health care industry, having served as clinical instructor and researcher at College of St Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 4th round of 1993 for eight seasons as their player, followed by three with the Miami Dolphins.

He earned his degree from the University of Kentucky and was a four-year starter for the Wildcats. During his junior and senior years, he earned honorable mention status in the Southeastern Conference.