What is a manual therapist?

Manual therapists are experts on the musculoskeletal system. Manual therapists examine, evaluate and treat afflictions in the musculoskeletal system with the aim to restore or improve bodily functions.

They can make a differential diagnosis, meaning make a distinction between ailments in the musculoskeletal system and other harmful diseases with similar symptoms such as fractures, injuries, cancer or inflammation).

During the examination process the manual therapist can refer to image diagnostics (x-ray, MR, CT) and to a specialist physician. As part of the treatment the manual therapist can refer to physiotherapy. You do not need referral from your GP in order to qualify for national insurance refund (trygderefusjon) for your manual therapy.

Manual therapists can also qualify you for sick leave.

Manual therapy video here.

Which patients does a manual therapist treat?

The manual therapist treats pain in the muscles and joints of the entire body, i.e:

  1. Headache, dizziness, tinnitus. Jaw ailments.

  2. Neck- and shoulder ailments.

  3. Arm ailments; tennis- and golfer’s-elbow, arthrosis (wear and tear) of the wrist and finger joints,

tendo vaginitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome.

  1. Back ailments; lumbago and sciatica.

  2. Pelvic ailments; symphysis pubis dysfunction, sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

  3. Hip ailments; bursitis, arthrosis.

  4. Knee ailments; ligament injury, bursitis, patella ailments, arthrosis.

  5. Ankle ailments; ligament injury, arthrosis.

  6. Foot ailments; Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis (heel spur), foot deformities.