How is manual therapy carried out?
Manual therapy divides the body roughly in spine, consisting of lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine, and lower and upper limbs. The goal of manual therapy is to detect and remove functional disorders of the musculoskeletal system. During this process, the whole body is at the center of our attention and not only a single, painful or otherwise affected part of the body. Moreover, the body is a functional chain. If one link of the chain is affected, it will have an effect on other links, making it necessary to treat them as well. Therefore, we treat one joint after another from the upper and lower limbs and from segment to segment of the spine in order to re-establish the function of the joints and treat muscular tension as well as, e.g., shortenings and deformities of the muscles. If starting with the upper limbs, we will treat the hand at first, and from that we move on to the elbow and the shoulder girdle. The cervical and thoracic spine is treated as well at the same time. If we start with the lower limbs, we will treat the foot at first and move on to the knee, the pelvis and, eventually, the lumbar spine.