What is manual therapy?
Manual therapy is a treatment specifically applied to the moving parts of the body. This form of treatment was developed in the Netherlands by G. van der Bijl sr. The aim of manual therapy is to provide an optimal manner of movement throughout the whole body. As each person has his or her own way of moving, it is important to apply therapy that recognizes that and is in accordance with that way of movement.
Movements take place in joints. Therefore, throughout the entire body the joints are mobilised in as gentle and as painless a way as possible. So-called ‘cracking” (sudden, quick and powerful mobilising of joints), “bone-setting” or “straightening” is out of the question.
How does manual therapy work?
The main idea behind manual therapy is that each body has its own particular preferred or ideal way of movement. When the actual pattern of movement differs from this preferred way, strain in the body’s musculoskeletal system results causing physical complaints. Manual therapy therefore aims at decreasing this difference between actual and ideal pattern of movement. It does so by first establishing the individual’s ideal movement pattern by an interview and complaint-related physical examination. Then, the therapist manipulates the joint capsules so that they adjust their movement in the preferred direction. Finally, the point is reached that all joints move in their ideal way, reducing the strain on the musculoskeletal system and thereby decreasing physical complaints.
Treatment sessions last about one hour and have a frequency of once every two or three weeks. Evaluation takes place after each session. If there is no noticeable effect after two or three treatment sessions, the therapy will be discontinued as no further effect can be expected.
Who comes into consideration for manual therapy?
The body’s core function is movement. A disorder in movement is called a “functional disorder”. This can affect muscles, sinews, joints, capsules, ligaments, discs, etc. This can cause headache, tennis-elbow, hernia, arthrosis or any kind of complaint. Anybody with a functional disorder comes into consideration for manual therapy treatment.
Complaints that do not come into consideration for manual therapy are malign tumors in bones, far-gone decalcification of bones, acute active rheumatism and broken bones which have not yet set.
Our manual therapy practice is located at Leiden and at Voorschoten (re-bilding at the moment). In Leiden we have currently three locations: One near the city center at Langegracht 165, one at the border of Oegstgeest at Rijnsburgerweg 95 and one at “Het gebouw” in the direction of Leiderdorp. We work with two manual therapists, Martijn Vis and Olga Koelemij, and we both studied at the “Stichting School voor Manuele Therapie Utrecht” in the Netherlands and are active members of the “Vereniging Manueel Therapeuten (VMT)”
During treatment sessions we will not be able to answer the phone.
If you prefer the phone you can contact one off our assistants at 071-523 44 91 during office hours.
Outside office hours you can call to 071-589 15 36. It’s possible that you get the Dutch voicemail. Wait until you hear the beep and then leave your name, phone number and the reason why you call and we will call you back as soon as possible.