What is Manual Therapy?
The goal of manual therapy is on the one hand to improve the functioning of the joints and on the other hand to improve your posture and movements. The manual therapist uses a number of specific techniques that can be used in the joints. The effects of manual therapy are often immediately noticeable: you feel an improvement in the freedom of movement and a decrease in pain.
The manual therapist’s treatment program furthermore consists of giving good instructions, advice, guidance and insight into healthy exercise.
A manual therapist is a physiotherapist who has undergone training for manual therapy after his physical therapy training. With this he gained extra knowledge of the movement possibilities of the body and in particular of the spine. Thanks to its specialized training, the manual therapist is perfectly capable of assessing the cause of your complaints. In this way he can propose a tailor-made solution for every body.
When to a manual therapist
If you can move a joint badly, or if you have pain, manual therapy can provide a solution. The effects of manual therapy are often noticeable immediately after the treatment; joints function better and exercise is easier.
Examples of complaints that a manual therapist can treat:
- Head and neck pain in combination with the poor movement of the spine
- Neck and shoulder complaints with radiance to the arms; low back pain, with or without a look to the legs – High back pain, whether or not in combination with rib and chest pain; dizziness when moving the neck
- Jaw complaints, whether or not in combination with neck complaints; hip complaints
Already during the investigation at the first appointment will show if and how your specific complaint can be solved. Immediately after the first appointment you have clarity about the further treatment.
Method of manual therapist
Intake: quick clarity After an initial screening, the first appointment consists of two parts: an interview and a physical examination. In the conversation, the manual therapist asks questions about your complaints; for example how they arise and when they increase or decrease. This is followed by a physical examination, in which the manual therapist assesses your posture and movements and examines your joints. This way it is determined where the causes of your complaints are. Together with the patient, the manual therapist or manual therapy makes sense. If this is the case, then the manual therapist discusses with the patient an approach for further treatment. So you have clarity about the follow-up immediately after the first appointment.
Treatment: effective therapy The manual therapist has a number of specific techniques that can be applied in the joints, to make the joints function better and to improve your posture and movements. The effects are often immediately noticeable: you feel an improvement in the freedom of movement and a decrease in pain. The manual therapist’s treatment program furthermore consists of giving good instructions, advice, guidance and insight into healthy exercise. Manual therapeutic assistance takes place in a practice room that has been set up for this purpose and not in patients at home. Proper manual therapeutic assistance presupposes a specific treatment space, specific equipment and measuring instruments. Only in very exceptional cases, and at the express request of a general practitioner or medical specialist, can this be deviated from, but only for the performance of a diagnostic consultation.
We use general physiotherapeutic techniques such as massage and exercises during treatment. In addition, manual therapy, psychosomatic therapy and respiratory therapy are an important step in our treatment.