What is understood by manual medicine?
Manual therapy is a treatment technique that is used for disruptions in movement of the spinal column and joints in the extremities that typically stem from blocked or hindered joints, which often cause pain and tension in the muscular system. Manual therapy is effective, gentle and, in most cases, painless. It is primarily used for joints of the limbs, the spinal column, joints in the chest and pelvis areas, as well as for head and jaw joints.
What happens during manual therapy?
Every treatment in my practice starts with an in-depth conversation that enables me to familiarise myself with your issues and your medical history. Firstly, functional perturbations of the movement apparatus are carefully analysed. For manual therapy a variety of hand movement techniques are employed. The purpose of manual therapy is to assist you to become pain-free or at least to achieve a substantial improvement. In addition, traction, glide and relaxation techniques are used to accomplish the goal of therapy.
- Traction techniques in manual therapy
When traction techniques are used, joint surfaces are separated from each other by pulling softly. This results in a reduction in pressure. The load on joint compartments as well as on ligaments is relieved, which subsequently also leads to an alleviation of pain.
- Gliding techniques in manual therapy
Gliding techniques restore mobility, by aligning joint surfaces with each other.
- Relaxation techniques in manual therapy
Relaxation techniques softly stretch the muscular system to allow you to adjust to the newly acquired joint movement.
Manual therapy mostly takes the form of a series of several treatments to obtain the best possible result for the patient.
Please note that this service is not generally covered by public medical insurance.