Manual Therapy

What is Manual Therapy?

The Manual Therapist is a physiotherapist who specialises in the treatment of the spine and other joints. Using selected, targeted movements, he attempts to improve the functioning of the joints – and hence promotes the overall flexibility as well as healthy posture of the body.

In our physiotherapeutic institutes we use Manual Therapy on the model of SAMT (Swiss Consortium for Manual Therapy) and Maitland.

Which illnesses and injuries does the Manual Therapist treat?

During the first treatment the Manual Therapist conducts a detailed examination to determine whether Manual Therapy is the appropriate treatment. If not, he presents alternatives.

The Manual Therapist primarily treats back and neck pain, with or without extension into the arms and legs. Disorders of the thoracic spine and ribcage as well as arm and hand joints are also part of his treatment repertoire.

What does the Manual Therapist do?

The Manual Therapist does his utmost to improve the flexibility of the joints. Several therapists use what are called “manipulations”. A manipulation is a quick, jerky movement which makes the joint move more smoothly and flexibly. During the manipulation one may hear a crack or another kind of noise – which is strange for many patients, but in no way unpleasant.

In place of – or alongside – manipulation, other therapists use rhythmic movements in manual treatments.

Who pays for Manual Therapy?

Manual Therapy cannot be charged to health insurers as part of the basic insurance plan. However, supplemental insurance often pays the costs of Manual Therapy. Your health insurer will be happy to provide you with further information.


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