Specific examination and treatment for the locomotor system
What is manual therapy?
Manual therapy is mainly used for complaints of the musculoskeletal system, especially for back, joint and muscle pain. These complaints are often caused by incorrect strain, accidents or diseases. The concepts we use are scientifically based and are constantly being developed further.
The procedure consists of examination with screening, anamnesis, and hypothesis-controlled tests.
The treatment restores the mobility of the spinal column and joints with targeted movements. A manual therapist releases blockages as well as muscular tensions, corrects disturbed joint functions and can thus relieve and eliminate pain.
The literal translation of manual therapy means “treatment with the hands”. This term already indicates that manual therapists take joints, muscles and tendons “in their hands” and influence them positively with special grip techniques. In addition, training knowledge and activity promotion play a central role. A manual therapy session includes combinations of grip techniques and training or activity units. Manual therapists weigh up exactly which individual treatment elements are the best service package for the patient.
Classically, so-called grip techniques cause a mobilization of a joint. This can take place in different degrees of movement and with or without additional impulse effect. A mobilization with impulse is called manipulation. Manual techniques are also often used to detonate muscles. However, many other effects (e.g. improved blood circulation, pain regulation) can also take place in the target structure during treatment. This explanation is very simplified. In fact, complex mechanisms of action take place under manual treatment.
Training and activity
Training schedules, home programs, training organization are just as important and therefore play an important role in our services. The current scientific findings are largely agreed on one point: training and fitness are the best guides to recovery. Manual therapists are very aware of this and make active use of this aspect: usually the greater part of the therapy session is characterized by active training or exercises.