Manual therapy

Are you looking for a professional manual therapist team who can relieve your joint and muscle pain immediately after a thorough assessment? We are happy to provide you with our qualified specialists. Manual therapy takes place in the heart of Budapest, in our motion clinic in Budafok. Learn about the positive effects of therapy, say no to painful everyday life and feel free to apply for a consultation!

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy is both a diagnostic method and a treatment. With manual therapy, we improve the correct contact of the articular surfaces, support the circulation of the joints and the nutrition of the cartilage.

As a result of manual therapy courses, tissue regeneration is facilitated which reduces inflammation. Therapy is also suitable for relieving connective tissue (fascia) adhesions and has an immediate analgesic effect. Normalization of muscle tone and achievement of optimal spinal curvature or joint position is also the goal of therapy.

Exercise therapy or manual therapy — what’s the difference?

Exercise therapy is essentially a workout, which, instead of superficial and spectacular muscles, strengthens the muscles that are less visible but perform the supporting functions of the body. Contrary to this, manual therapy is a manipulation technique, the essence of which is that a therapist, with the passive participation of the patient, tries to physically (with external influence) arrange the body or a particular structure of the body into a suitable posture.

The role of the manual therapist

The manual therapist will help from A to Z to relieve and eliminate joint and muscle pain. He/she aims to draw up a plan with specific recommendations after a preliminary examination, and then to provide the patient with a full range of treatment using the appropriate method.

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Why is it better to choose a manual therapist instead of a chiropractor?

  • The manual therapist receives his state-recognized degree after several years of training. While is no compulsory qualification in osteopathy, the therapist must devote many years to the practice of manual therapy in detail and comprehensive knowledge of the highly complex anatomy of the human body. With a manual therapist, you always decide in favour of a real specialist, and choosing a chiropractor without official qualifications and complex anatomical knowledge, you take a significant risk.
  • You will prevent further injuries and pain. Professional, painless working on jour joints and muscles requires outstanding experience and knowledge. If, for example, the spine is twisted in the wrong direction or just moved too hard by the chiropractor, the spinal nerve can be severely damaged, so the sure choice are always the qualified manual therapists.

With what complaints does manual therapy help?

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Additional joint and muscle problems

Types of manual therapy


Named after New Zealand physiotherapist Brian Mulligan, the therapy painlessly treats neuromusculoskeletal technical problems and joints having sensitive and narrowed motion. According to Mulligan’s theory, by correcting the position defect in the joint, the patient will already be able to perform the given movement without pain.

The peculiarity of treatment lies in passive mobilization and simultaneous active movement. During therapy, the therapist positions the painful joint in a given direction, while the patient performs active movements.

In case of what complaints can it be used?

  • Arthrosis
  • Joint mobility restriction
  • Pain caused by incorrect posture
  • Pain caused by overexertion
  • Acute musculoskeletal problems
  • Headache of musculoskeletal origin

Mulligan treatment can be used during post-operative rehabilitation and during pregnancy and also for children.


This method, also called LEWIT manual therapy, is specifically aimed at relieving joint blockages. It combines the techniques of three therapies, which is why osteopathy and chiropractic also play an important role in the treatment. The Barvinchenko method maps and analyzes joint complaints holistically, that is, taking the entire motor organ system into account, rather than as a separate problem.

Its main feature is that the physiotherapist performs the therapy not only with his hands, but also uses his own weight to help relieving the tense, spasmodic joint blocks and muscles. It is also ideal for spinal pain, low back pain and neck pain, shoulder pain and early stage spinal hernia. It can also be used for more severe diseases such as arthrosis and arthritis.


The Fascia Distortion Model (FDM) refers to deformation of the fascial connective tissue and restriction of the range of movements. The Typaldos manual therapy is a recommended treatment for acute pain and movement restriction, which restores twisted connective tissues using special manipulation techniques and grasps.

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If you can show the painful area with a slight palpation with your finger or find the sensitive point with deeper pressure, Typaldos manual therapy is certainly the solution for you.

FDM manual therapy can be an ideal choice if…

  • You experience a burning, radiant or pulling sensation along a line.
  • Your joint hurts, stings or twinges in one point.
  • You’re experiencing pain deep in the muscle.
  • Pain occurs when performing certain forms of movement.
  • One of your limbs feels numb, tingling when touched.
  • You don’t feel limb pain, but you can’t move the limb.

Tom Myers fascia treatment

Forces acting on the human body can also be mapped as in line, and the myofascial structure can be divided into functional units. Tom Myers defined 12 different body energy channels, based on which he created a system called Anatomy Trains. These energy lines continuously support and balance each other for the correct posture and are also responsible for the speed of movements, that is, the correct accelerations and brakings.

Manual therapy techniques consist of mobilization and stimulation techniques that have a positive effect on connective tissue. Tom Myers therapy can restore musculoskeletal disease and also effectively cure connective tissue lesions.


If the muscles, joints and nerves of your spine or limbs are in pain, the internationally renowned Maitland manual therapy can bring you a painless everyday life. The concept is based on a comprehensive, precise musculoskeletal examination, with which symptoms can be accurately identified and distinguished. Instead of simple symptomatic treatment, Maitland therapy reveals the source of the problem, so the manual therapist prepares an accurate treatment plan at the initial consultation based on a complex examination.

With Maitland technique, the painless and flexible active movements can be achieved in a short time. As a result of the treatment, joint, connective tissue and neuralgia can be successfully cured.

What is the course of treatment?

1. Diagnostics

First, a detailed comprehensive, usually 1 hour health check is performed. This is when the exercise therapist learns the complete medical history and explores the symptoms and complaints. During the motion test, he/she checks the patient’s posture and visually inspects the shape of the spine and the range of motion of the vertebrae, and looks for physical and limb asymmetries.

What health assessment checks may precede the development of the plan?

  • Discussion with the manual therapist
  • X-ray (CT, MR)

2. Planning

After having established the diagnosis of the musculoskeletal system, the motion therapist prepares a personalized, individual treatment plan. Thus, therapy can be started exactly on such basis of a treatment regimen that is aimed at alleviating and eliminating the patient’s complaints. Be it a pain in the shoulder joint, waist, neck or sacrum, progress is guaranteed thanks to a tailored design.

3. Therapy

After the diagnosis is established and a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s complaints, the practical part of manual therapy can follow. Therapy is basically characterized by passive participation, but depending on the nature of the problem, it may also require active movement. Fortunately, you can experience the result even after the first time, but in case of a long-lasting, more severe health problem, the treatment may require multiple sessions.

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“Is manual therapy for me?”

Learn the important things to know and make your heart’s choice.


  • Painless. Thanks to special, perfected manipulation and grip techniques, the therapy is free of pain and discomfort. There are no rough and sudden movements as in the case of osteopathy or some types of massage, so even those being shy can engage in treatment.
  • Performed by a specialist. Only a professionally trained physiotherapist or doctor may be a manual therapist. Each therapist may work only with having completed a state-recognised training of several years, therefore the high professionalism and the choice of a personalized, ideal method of treatment are guaranteed. If you want to keep your joints in good hands and avoid the risks arising from incomplete anatomical knowledge, choose manual therapy.
  • The positive effect is felt immediately. Pain may be relieved after the very first treatment, and thanks to mature treatment techniques such as Barvinchenko, Mulligan and Tom Myers it is not necessary to go to therapy for many months or years. Each session brings you noticeably and visibly closer to a balanced, painless and flexible movement.
  • No medication is required. Manual therapy helps to regain a healthy state of joints and muscles in a natural way, so during treatment it is not necessary to use medications at all. This is great news for those who are not allowed to take medications due to their medical condition or simply do not want to touch medicine.


  • Treats a minor part of musculoskeletal problems. Since manual therapy specifically cures joint and muscle originated pain, it may not be a solution for more complex health complaints. It is advisable at first to consult a doctor with the complaints or talk to a manual therapist for a consultation to make sure you receive an effective treatment method.


  • What is the principle of manual therapy treatment? The exploration of pain and biomechanical function disorders is carried out through a thorough examination, and after the analysis, complex treatment follows — hence the internationally recognised success of therapy. As the therapy has been proven to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, progress can be felt after the first time – in case of a more severe complaint after the first few treatments – therefore the treatment is highly effective.

Manual Therapy Prices

  • Initial Consultation: 18.000 HUF (60 min)
  • Manual therapy with Rita Szentiványi: 25.000 HUF
  • Manual therapy: 18.000 HUF (50 min)
  • Physical therapy combined with manual therapy: 18.000 HUF (50 min)

Take the first step towards a painless everyday life and apply for a consultation online or by phone today!