Gentle manual therapy




[Mobilizing massage of the arm][Image for printing]

Leading thought

I give gentle manual therapy, which means that I use my hands to improve the mobility of your body and to reduce or remove pain. I treat gently, do not force movements and try not to cause pain. I intend to help muscles instead of punishing them with a hard massage. If a muscle is tight or painful, the cause is almost always somewhere else in the body than in the muscle itself. If a gentle treatment of a muscle does not make it relax, the muscle generally reacts to a problem elsewhere in the body. Forcefully rubbing out muscle tension causes the symptoms to return or worsen later and can even result in new complaints. Therefore, I always try to form a picture of what is behind the symptoms. I try in the first place to act on the causes that I suspect behind the complaints. Often the cause is that some part of your body has lost its normal mobility. As a consequence, the rest of the body has to adapt to this and is therefore put under greater strain. Over the years, I have learned many manual methods to mobilize different structures in the body: from bones, muscles, fascia (membranes) and scars to nerves and internal organs. The techniques I use stem from various kinds of massage, Kalevala bonesetting and osteopathy.

Why are muscles tensed and painful?

[Trapezius trigger points, Travell & Simons Vol. 1 Figure 6.2]‘Travell & Simons’, Volume 1, Figure 6.2.

There are many possible reasons why muscles can be tense of painful. The following ones are the most common:

All these examples make clear that it is important to understand the causes of muscle tension, to treat them if that is possible and otherwise at least pay attention to them in the treatment.