Manual therapy is a master's specialization in physiotherapy. Characteristic for the profession are the comprehensive diagnosis and the application of specific manual therapeutic mobilizing and manipulating techniques of the spine and extremities (limbs).
In daily practice, the master's level is characterized by being able to diagnose and treat patients with complex spine and extremity-related health problems.
The manual therapist has a broad view of the functioning of clients. In addition to anatomical features and functions, the manual therapist also takes into account other factors that limit the activities and participation in daily life of clients.
Treatment duration is 25 to 30 minutes, consisting of an intake (anamnesis) and examination, possibly followed by treatment.
The goal of manual therapy is to improve joint mobility, primarily based on the functionality of the spine, and posture and movement corrections. For this, special techniques are used that can be applied in the joints. In addition, stability of the joint is an important item that is guided by medical fitness.
Manual therapy is suitable for all ages. No referral from a general practitioner and / or specialist is required to qualify for treatment. Screening assesses whether there is an indication for treatment
It is preferable to be treated by a registered NVMT manual therapist. The NVMT is a recognized professional association for manual therapists and the Royal Dutch Society for Physiotherapy (KNGF) and Keurmerk. Members fall under the disciplinary regulation and complaints regulation of Keurmerk (brancheorganisation).