Definition of manual therapy
Manual therapy focuses on specific diagnostic and therapeutic techniques as well as procedures to detect and treat reversible dysfunction in posture and musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles, nerves). Thus, the functional movement can be optimized, optimal joint function and tissue tension can be recovered which also helps to relieve pain.
Fields of application of manual therapy
Manual therapy is one of the most effective treatment methods (diagnostic & therapy) and is used in the world's most advanced areas of medical care, such as:Orthopedics
- Arthrosis / arthritis
- Intervertebral disk herniation (prolapse) / Protusion
- Back pain ("lumbago")
- Locking, spine and extremity joints
- Rib blockages
- Hip and knee prosthesis (TEP)
- Cervical spine (neck) syndrome
- Lumbar spine (lumbar) syndrome
- Meniscus entrapment / injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Tennis and golfer's arm's elbow (epicondylitis)
- Foot deformities
- Overload damages
- Operational after-treatment
- Osteosynthetic treatment of bone fractures
- Osteotomies, etc.
Rehabilitation after accidents
Chronic pain patients
Treatment techniques in manual therapy
- Traction joints and mobilization
- Functional soft tissue treatment/ massage
- Transverse friction technique
- Myofascial techniques
- Stabilizing and faszilitierende techniques and exercises
Holistic approach of the manual therapy
The holistic reasonable aproach includes the use of physical therapy, active training with and without devices, such as exercises done in physiotherapy or Pilates as well as a proper exercise program at home to mobilize, stabilize and improve ones performance.
Therfore, the achieved therapeutic goals such as pain relief and improved function can be ensured in the long term.
In this approach manual therapy considers patients everyday life, profession,
personality and psychological backround, thus providing excellent holistic