Manual therapy in a broad sense includes all therapeutic techniques which are performed manually (joint mobilisation, manual therapy of the soft tissue, lymphatic drainage therapy), while in the narrow sense, manual therapy is a physiotherapeutic concept, which includes diagnostics and treatment of neuromuscular dysfunctions and dysfunctions of the spine and limbs. It deals with the structural changes of the locomotor system, which cause pain and functional disorders.
Lately manual therapy has been increasingly becoming the most important part of an individual physiotherapy treatment. The physiotherapist chooses the most suitable technique or the combination of techniques.
The goal of therapy is to promptly establish a body balance, which eliminates pain, increases joint flexibility and muscle strength, reduces muscle tension and swelling, promotes balance and coordination and improves well-being.
A comprehensive and complex treatment approach eliminates or reduces the cause of the problem and thus relieves or eliminates pain due to:
- acute and chronic pain conditions of the soft tissues and joints
- consequences of poor posture
- pain syndromes
- conditions after injuries (sprains, muscle tears, bumps etc.)
Dr. Vodder manual lymphatic drainage therapy
This is a therapeutic technique which affects the action of the lymphatic system with slow, gentle and repeated pressure and promotes the reduction of swelling, the excretion of waste products from the body and fluids from the tissues, strengthens the immune system, relieves pain and promotes the regeneration processes in the body, maintains the acido-basic balance and protects us from diseases due to the maintenance of balance and the strong effect on the immune system.
It can be used for medical, preventive and cosmetic purposes.
Certified physiotherapists perform the treatment of lymphedema with complex decongestive physical therapy.
The Bowen therapy is a manual technique which stimulates the body with mild, gentle movements which intervene through the muscle tissue and the membrane, cause responses and re-establish the balance of the entire body. The therapy is based on the theory that the body is a somatic, emotional and energy unit, which is under normal conditions able to balance itself. The human is considered as a whole and the therapy works primarily through two systems (connective tissue and the nervous system), which regulate and cause physiological changes also in other body systems and help the body establish balance in the neurological, hormonal, lymphatic and energy system.
The Bowen therapy can be used for the treatment of orthopaedic, traumatological and neurological conditions and injuries in children and adults.