Here you will not find a list of exercises. Or descriptions of the implementation and when and how to apply it. If you want that then you better consult a search engine. There you will find a huge and unclear amount of exercises where the experts try each other out. In this article we are going to talk about: different types of exercises, for which to apply, the advantages and disadvantages and what is known about the effectiveness.

Related methods: an overview

Musculoskeletal medicine, orthomanipulation, manual therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy ... and they all say that they will relieve you of your symptoms. So many different systems and claims give confusion. Where do you have to go with your complaints? In this article I try to create some overview.

Orthomanipulation and the orthomanual doctor

Orthomanipulation is especially known among people who are treated like this. Little is written about it and even on the internet is not much to find. This method is practized by some musculoskeletal doctors in the Netherlands with a specific training. Furthermore, little scientific research has been done about this, although there has recently been some change. So the method is a technique based on (favorable) stories from doctors and patients and less on evidence.

Orthomanual Medicine

A definition is: 'Orthomanual medicine is the totality of knowledge and skills to understand, diagnose and treat patients with complaints to the musculoskeletal system in a conservative (= without operation) way. In particular, this involves the detection of reversible shape and function disorders by means of sophisticated orthopedic examination techniques, and the treatment thereof by means of specific manual actions. It is Dutch.

Musculoskeletal medicine and the musculoskeletal doctor

The term 'musculoskeletale geneeskunde' is little known in the Netherlands. it is a translation from English of 'musculoskeletal medicine', where the name of the subject has been in use for a long time. We know what medicine is (science that focuses on the causes and cure of diseases). The word musculoskeletal is a composition of 'musculo' that is derived from the Latin musculus that means muscle. And skeletal that is derived from the ancient Greek and Latin skeletos that means bones/bone skeleton.