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Table 1 Manual therapy definitions

From: A descriptive study of a manual therapy intervention within a randomised controlled trial for hamstring and lower limb injury prevention

Manipulation A brief, shallow, sudden carefully administered thrust (high velocity in nature)
Mechanically assisted manipulation Manipulation performed through the assistance of devices (drop tables or portable drop piece units) or instruments (Activator instruments) being non-cavitational but high velocity in intent
Mobilisation When a joint is passively moved within its normal range of motion (usually a slow oscillatory movement)