Specialists in advanced manual physical therapy techniques

At Instituto Clavel Rehabilitation we are specialized in passive physical therapy for the spine.

Passive physical therapy is a branch of physical therapy that treats the body using both invasive and non-invasive manual techniques.

Our expert physical therapists have been trained in manual techniques and constantly update their knowledge in order to be able to evaluate and treat the patient from a whole-body point of view, analyzing each case to offer the best solution in a personalized way. Our goal is to speed up the body's healing process and restore our patients’ quality of life.

Pathologies for which passive physical therapy is indicated

Passive physical therapy is indicated for the treatment of pain and other symptoms of neuro-musculo-skeletal dysfunction of the spine, arms, and legs. These are some of the pathologies we treat

  • Chronic pain
  • Neck pain or cervicalgia
  • Back pain


In addition, we also use these therapies during pregnancy, as physical preparation for childbirth, and postpartum conditions.

The passive therapy techniques we use

In IC Rehabilitation we primarily use the following manual techniques:

  • Manual joint therapy: articulatory techniques, which aim to restore good mobility at the joint level
  • Myofascial release: The entire human body is covered with a tissue known as fascia. The fascial system is a kind of three-dimensional network that is distributed throughout the body. Myofascial release techniques help prevent pain and problems of mobility.
  • Neural manual therapy: this involves specific movements of the spine, arms, and legs, to mobilize the neural tissue and improve its ability to withstand daily stress in order to reduce the patient’s symptoms.
  • Visceral therapy: this therapy involves various techniques of pressure, sliding and massage on the internal organs to help them function better and to relieve the radiated pain originating in these structures.
  • Cranial therapy: this therapy works on the joints of the skull in a non-invasive way. It is especially indicated for headaches, stress, anxiety, dizziness and sleep problems. It is a very gentle and relaxing method that is performed using the hands to apply very slow pressures and movements, on the head and along the back, with emphasis on the occipital and temporal areas of the skull.

Instrument-assisted passive therapy

Passive therapy can also be performed using specialized instruments to mobilize soft tissue. When it is appropriate to the patient's condition, at IC Rehabilitation we use the following techniques with therapeutic instruments.

Myofascial instrumental fibrolysis (hooks):

Treatment for cases of tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle sprains, muscle contractures, low back pain, etc. It is also very helpful for conditions like varicose veins in the legs and scars that restrict natural sliding of the tissues.

Kinesio tape:

A system using elastic adhesive tapes to wrap parts of the body, to either restrict or activate the muscles. At the same time, it also stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation, to help the recovery of damaged tissues. This technique is widely used in recovery phases, sports medicine and neurological physical therapy.

Dry needling:

A technique using a needle similar to an acupuncture needle. It is called “dry” needling because no substance is injected and its goal is simply to reach where the professional's fingers cannot. These needles are used to reach trigger points or hyperirritable muscle points that can be responsible for generating radiated pain.

This technique has been scientifically proven to be highly effective. With several sessions of dry needling, patients can find relief from symptoms they have been suffering for a long time.

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMS):

Also known as electroacupuncture, this is a variant of the TENS (transcutaneous analgesic electrical neurostimulation) technique, but with percutaneous insertion of sterilized filaments, to penetrate the muscle. The use of TENS with dry needling is considered to be very successful in relieving local or myofascial, muscular, tendon or ligament pain

How we work at Instituto Clavel Rehabilitation

The treatment we offer is completely customized and tailored to the needs of the patient. The physical therapist will determine the most appropriate therapy plan for the patient depending on their condition at their initial evaluation. This plan may include both passive and active therapies for best results.



Contact us so that we can give you a personalized assessment.

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