Manual therapy is a further education in physiotherapy. To become a manual therapist, you must go through a two-year master's program at the university. In total, it therefore takes a minimum of 6 years of college / university education to become a manual therapist. The manual therapists are approved as primary contacts. This means that you do not need a referral from a doctor to see a manual therapist. They can also refer to a specialist, imaging (MRI, X-ray, CT, etc.), as well as sick leave for up to 12 weeks.
Manual therapists are specialists in ailments of the musculoskeletal system. The goal of manual therapy is to normalize function at the structural, functional, activity and participation levels. Normal joint movement is central to manual therapy. Therefore, it is i.a. developed a number of methods to examine the function of the extremity joints (joints in the arms and legs) and in the spine. Neuromuscular / biomechanical function in terms of mobility, stability and pain is something that will be central to the study.
Manual therapists use scientifically proven treatment methods to reduce pain and ailments by trying to restore normal function. Joint mobilization, manipulation, nerve mobilization and active specific exercises are some of the techniques used in the treatment.
What is being treated? Manual therapists treat acute and chronic ailments arising from the muscles and skeleton. Common diagnoses are, for example, headaches, neck / back pain with or without pain radiating and ailments in the extremity joints. The manual therapists are also skilled in post-operative training.
Manuellterapeuter undersøker, vurderer og behandler plager i muskel-/skjelettsystemet for å gjenopprette eller bedre kroppens funksjoner.
De kan skille mellom sykdommer i muskel- og skjelettsystemet og andre farlige sykdommer med samme symptomer (for eksempel brudd, skader, kreft eller inflammasjon).
Manuellterapeuter kan også henvise til spesialist, billeddiagnostikk (MR, røntgen, CT osv), samt sykemelde inntil 12 uker.