… should I bring with me the first time?
- the medical referral from my GP
- my electronic ID card
- a self-adhesive health insurance sticker and/or details of my health insurance group
- any x-rays and radiographic or other relevant visual medical imaging-based analysis records (ultra-scan, MRI, …)
- following each consultation, payment should be made in cash as there are no electronic debit facilities available at the practice.
… is Manual Therapy?
The Manual Therapist has followed and in-depth, scientifically based post & graduate university training. Under no circumstances should Manual Therapy be considered as an alternative healing modality for Osteopathy or Chiropractic care.
In manual therapy, specific manual manipulations are used throughout the research phase, during treatment as well as in the form of preventative measures for complaints and functional disorders that relate to both postural and mobility mechanisms. Manual Therapists remedy functional disorders found in the muscles, joints and limbs by means of mobilization, manipulation and massage, that lead to increased levels of mobility and diminishing symptoms. These so-called passive mobilizations can be supplemented with brisk, rapid, movements where it is sometimes possible to hear “creaking noises” (manipulations).
… is the difference with Physiotherapy?
Whereas Physiotherapy primarily deals with and offers symptomatic treatment, Manual Therapists are trained to identify the actual cause of the complaint. The range of techniques available to them in terms of treatment is also much wider, making it possible to provide a more comprehensive approach to treating problems. When the issue concerns irreversible defects, as Manual Therapists, we would first determine the root cause, and from there we’d offer a personalized program of treatment.
How does the Manual Therapist work?
All of our therapeutic treatments begin with an in-depth assessment talk, followed by an extensive functionality and provocation testing and soft-tissue examination. During the initial consultation talk, extensive questions will be asked about the nature of your complaints, e.g.; How long have you had the problem? When and how did it come about? And when is it most/least noticeable? This makes it possible to determine:
- areas of pain and the severity,
- any abnormalities of the limbs and soft and connective tissues,
- overall levels of functionality/mobility, degree and gradient,
- whether the problem is in the injury/lesion itself and/or whether it being affected by other factors,
- root cause of the disorder/dysfunction.
The evaluations from several angles provide a detailed overview and account of your current medical health and a tangible tool for diagnosis that serves as the starting point for providing a balanced, sound and expert course of treatment. This consultation takes place in a fully equipped and purpose adapted consultation room, and not at patients’ homes. Responsible Manual Therapeutic care both supposes and requires a specific treatment room in addition to detailed tools and measuring instruments. Only in extremely rare cases, and if explicitly requested by a GP or (medical) Specialist, are the therapists exempt from observing these conventions.
When is treatment considered as Physiotherapy and when is it Manual Therapy?
When the treatment required is relatively straight-forward and possible to be given by a colleague that is a Physiotherapist, then it’s more than likely that this would be the approach opted for. However, when there would be a visible added value from the point of research and/or treatment, then it would be considered as Manual Therapy and treated as such.