Manual therapy

Manual therapy

(from the Latin manus – “hand”), and “manual therapy” is literally translated as “treatment with hands.” And this, as you know, is the oldest healing technique. With manual therapy, there are many misconceptions and guesses. What is real in them, and what is not?

Manual therapy is a kind of massage.

Many think that manual therapy is one of the types of massage. In fact, this is not so. With the help of massage, primarily affect the soft tissues (skin, muscles), while the object of the manipulation of manual therapy is bones and joints.

Manual therapy is a modern method of treatment.

Actually, manual therapy has a rich history. Under different names, it was known to the ancient peoples of India, the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe. Practiced manual therapy and the famous Hippocrates. The bone-smelters also valued in Russia. It is interesting that such a “staff unit” was not only in the baths, but also in parts of the Russian imperial army.

With the help of manual therapy, only spine diseases can be cured.

This is not true. Of course, the main indications for a visit to a manual doctor are disorders of posture, scoliosis, osteochondrosis, radiculitis, arthrosis and some other diseases associated with the operation of the spine, but manual therapy also helps with other diseases. This is explained by the fact that there is a close reflex connection between the internal organs of the person and the spine.

Manual therapy is very painful.

This is not quite true. Most often, manual therapy is painful if the doctor has not yet fully mastered the necessary technique. An experienced expert of similar sensations does not admit.

The manual therapy session is a dangerous procedure for a sick spine.

If you turned to a real expert, and not yourself and not on the advice of a girlfriend, but in the direction of a doctor, then there’s nothing to be afraid of. Manual therapy very effectively copes with osteochondrosis, but only if the treatment was prescribed according to the indications. Otherwise, the effect does not have to wait. In the West such procedures generally have the right to appoint only an orthopedist or neurologist. Our doctor often happens to be a patient himself: he goes, tries, if he does not help, discredits the idea, and if his condition worsens (which is not surprising with such “self-designation”), confirms the above myth. Of all those suffering from any pathology of the spine, only 2% need surgical treatment, all others – in the conservative, which includes manual therapy.

Manual therapy involves a long-term treatment.

It’s nothing more than a myth. Specialists note that for most ailments that are administered by manual therapy, 5-6 sessions are sufficient. With more sessions, the ligaments of the spine can overgrow and there is a danger of its balancing. A patient who calls on the manualist for help should be alerted if the doctor suggests that they take place at once for 15-20 sessions. Obviously, such a “specialist” is concerned not so much with the curative as with the material effect.

A manual therapist must have a special gift, “see” and “feel” with his hands.

This erroneous opinion is indeed very common. Many believe that manual therapy is something complex, not accessible to everyone. In fact, this is a technique that is taught and taught by others. Another thing is that this should be done by a specialist who understands what a spine is, preferably a neurologist.

A manual therapist can fix a herniated disc.

He not only can not, but he should not even try to do it. Herniated disc, like osteochondrosis with radicular syndrome, is an absolute contraindication. This is usually found with an additional examination, like a pronounced osteoporosis, which also excludes the intervention of the chiropractor. Among other contraindications – tumor processes, rheumatoid lesions (they affect not only the joints, but also the spine).You can not conduct sessions after injuries, bruises, sprains and dislocations. Damaged tissues and joints, on the other hand, need rest and anti-inflammatory treatment.

The diagnosis can be made with an external examination.

This is not true. If you start to “rule”, without having conducted a survey and without looking at X-ray images, most likely, you were not the best specialist. At a minimum, your neurological status should be determined for the presence of concomitant symptoms – numbness of fingers, weakness, headaches. If necessary, the doctor also appoints a special examination, for example, MRI or densitometry, to exclude contraindications. You can not perform the procedure and during acute pain, only after the period of remission. Manual therapy has a rich history. Under different names, it was known to the ancient peoples of India, the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe. An integral part of preparing the gladiators for the match was a massage. Practiced manual therapy for diseases of the spine and Hippocrates. In Russia, bone caries were even part of the Russian Imperial Army. They used the strength and skill of their hands and for preventive purposes – there were always people at the baths who own the technique of manual massage.

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