Manual Therapy

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For thousands of years, people have applied different grips and massage techniques to relieve back pain. This is the origin of the manual therapy, a sub-discipline of physiotherapy that requires additional training. It is a way to detect deficits as well as to treat them. Manual therapy addresses nerves, muscles and joints alike, and can alleviate or eliminate pain and discomfort in the musculoskeletal system.

The therapist applies three techniques: First, stretching joints for pain-relief. Secondly, gently moving parts of a joint to improve the range of movement so that, step by step, the previous mobility is restored. And last but not least, adjusting the muscles to the improved flexibility of the joint by gentle stretching them.

A good manual therapist is one who does not only want to relieve pain and mobilize the patient, but one who also tries to determine the causes, thus helping the client to avoid negative impacts on the musculoskeletal system in the future.