What can you expect from manual therapy?

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We Dutch are a people who know how to tackle things. There is a solution for everything in our country. For example, if you have problems with your spine, manual therapy can offer a solution.

There is a wide choice of professionals in this field in the Netherlands. They take your complaints seriously and you can contact them for pain in your joints, among other things. Do you wonder what exactly a manual therapist does and when to engage them? You can read it below!

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy can be well described as a specialization that is applied in the treatment of complaints of the spine and pain in the joints in arms and legs. The goal is to reduce the pain as quickly as possible. The practitioner will first look at how you move and will then ensure that you can move your joints smoothly again. This will gradually reduce your discomfort.

How does this form of therapy work?

Everyone has their own way of moving. If your actual way of moving is different from your preferred way of moving, you will notice that you develop physical complaints. With manual therapy you can reduce the difference between the actual movement pattern and the ideal pattern. Once your therapist has discovered your ideal movement pattern, he will manipulate your joints so that they better match your preferred mode of movement. This means that he applies a certain pressure technique that reduces the load on your body.

When can manual therapy be used?

You can use this form of treatment if you have head or neck pain. It may also happen that the upper part of your back feels stiff or that the neck pain radiates to your arm. You can also contact a manual therapist for complaints high in the back, where you also experience rib and chest pain. Commonly heard discomforts include lower back pain, hip complaints, tennis elbow or dizziness caused by moving the neck. Finally, pain and stiffness in the shoulder are also reasons to contact a manual therapist.

What is a manual therapist allowed to do?

Are you wondering what this therapist can and may actually do? This therapist's specialization is examining and treating patients with movement and pain complaints. He applies specialized techniques that help your joints function better. These may include exercises to train your strength, coordination or stability. Your posture and way of moving will improve with this form of treatment. Do you need a referral from your GP for this? That is allowed, but it is not necessary.

What kind of training does a manual therapist follow?

Manual therapists first study physiotherapy. They then completed a three-year training course to become a manual therapist. Did you know that people who make an appointment immediately if they have ailments suffer from their complaints for less time and also experience less pain?

What can you expect once you have made an appointment?

When you visit a manual therapist, you will first discuss with him or her how your physical problems arose and in which situations they arise. The therapist looks at your posture, how you move and examines your muscles and joints. Sometimes you will do some exercises together to determine whether this form of therapy is useful for your condition. If this is the case, the therapist will draw up an action plan and discuss this with you. This will give you more insight into, for example, the number of treatments you need and how long it will take before your complaints will subside.

What is the difference between manual therapy and physiotherapy?

A frequently asked question is how manual therapy differs from physiotherapy. The first-mentioned form of treatment is a specialization within physiotherapy and the manual therapist is therefore often called upon for more complex requests for help. The biggest difference between the two healing methods is mainly in the method of treatment. For example, a manual therapist uses different techniques than a physiotherapist. These techniques are also known as mobilizations and manipulations. A manipulation, or pressure technique, is a mobilization in which you can hear a kind of snapping sound during the treatment. You will feel this, but it is not painful.

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