Manual Therapy – Den Haag

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy


The theory
The manual therapy according to the method of v.d. Bijl assumes every individual is unique and so every individual moves differently. To determine which unique moving pattern a patient has, an examination on the asymmetry of the physical position is being performed, an asymmetry which is recognisable in every patient: one leg longer than the other, one foot bigger than the other, one is left-handed or right-handed… et cetera.
When a person can move (function) in a way that fits in with his/her preference in moving and physical asymmetry this will not lead to any symptoms. The other way round, a person having symptoms will be restricted in his/her preference in moving.

This is not necessarily a restriction on the location of the symptom: A stiff ankle (after an injury) asks for an adapted moving pattern. When this new moving pattern requires movements done by for instance back or neck, which are not possible at the place itself, this will lead to (pain) symptoms. The restrictions can be caused in a far past and therefore they are sometimes hard to trace.
Therefore manual therapy has developed an examination method based on the individual moving preference and the adaptations to this by the body: the asymmetry of the position and the movements (as a functional adjustment) is being mapped and forms the basis of the treatment. The manual therapy does not aim at a correction of the asymmetry but at a balance between the shape and the functioning of the body.

The treatment
After the analysis of the asymmetry in position and moving, and drawing up an inventory of the symptoms in the locomotor apparatus, a treatment of almost all the joints in the body follows. The balance between the shape and the functioning of the locomotor apparatus can be restored by performing an analysed preference movement in every joint. Because the force that is used is so minimal one also calls it the eggshell therapy: an eggshell won’t break. A treatment takes 30-60 minutes and takes place once every week or two weeks. During the treatment the patient only wears underwear (no corset, body stocking, and so on) so the spine is easily accessible. The health insurance company covers up to a maximum of 9 treatments (dependent of the contract). The restitutions by private health insurance companies differ per contract. Please contact your health insurance company or agent.