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Mensendieck

An active self-treatment plan to resolve & manage complaints through improved body mechanics

Our (Remote) Services

√ Initial consultation  
Discuss your’e current issues and/or concerns and talk about strategies and goals.

√ Treatment 
We make sure that your muscles, joints, and nerves function properly and in sync. Spinal alignment is also corrected to restore full functrion and mobility. We provide you with the tools and information so you can help yourself during recovery and to prevent recurrences.

Ergonomic consulting
Designing job demands to fit within the capabilities the ergonomics at the workplace is the most efficient way to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

 

√ Posturen and movement alignment check-up
Alignment refers to how the head, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles relate and line up with each other. Proper alignment of the body puts less stress on the spine and helps you have good posture.

We provide a full analysis of your posture. We offer strategies to help improve your posture at home and at work.

About Mensendieck

You don’t think about most movements and postures at all; you make them automatically. But some habits are not good for your body and can cause complaints and Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Musculoskeletal disorders are extremely common and are usually associated with pain and loss of function. Globally, all MSDs combined account for 21.3% of the total years lived with disability. MSDs may have to do with the way you move or with your lifestyle.

For instance:

  • Locking knees unnecessarily can create pain in your knees, hips or back.
  • Dropping the head forward can create tension in your neck and can cause headaches.
  • Slumped shoulders trigger spinal fatigue with consequent slack abdominal and back muscles.
  • Spinal fatigue can lead directly to misalignments in the spine en cause back, neck, hip, knee and foot pain
  • Our technology-driven work and recreational habits increase immobility and static positions. Sitting is the 21st century posture.
  • People with chronic back pain control their posture and balance differently. Even when they’re having good days or taking pain-drugs.[i]  

Illnesses such as rheumatism, or stress can also cause physical complaints.

Bess Mensendieck formulated a functional exercise system during the early 1900’s to prevent or cure problems regarding the movement of joints and muscles. Bess Mensendieck put great emphasis on the unity of body and mind and she wanted to provide her patients with knowledge of and insight into the way they moved.

This treatment method is based on own self-activation. You become aware of the many different ways one can move by doing certain exercises.If you repeat these regularly and don’t regard them as separate exercises but learn to integrate them in the movements of your daily life, they will become a habit (just like getting dressed in the morning) that leads to problems being prevented or solved.

The exercises require a minimum of physical effort and time, but are remarkably effective in reducing pain and disability and improve function, motion, confidence.

Many thousands of people have experienced sustainable benefits from the Mensendieck method.

Forward head posture

Forward head posture (FHP) is a common condition where your head is positioned with your ears in front of your body’s vertical midline (Mensendieck 1937)

Posture Fix

Correct posture. With a few simple exercises, posture awareness and workstation modifications.
(Mensendieck 1937)

Mensendieck brings relief through improved body mechanics with an active self-treatment plan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is remote Mensendieck Therapy effective?

Mensendieck therapists are trained to spot dysfunction visually, so when they connect with you on a video conference, they’ll be able to provide valuable and professional insight into the source of your discomfort.

On the results of recent systematic reviews, digital remote therapy should be considered as an alternative to usual face-to-face treatments. Cottrell et al. [2] reported aggregated results suggesting that real-time telerehabilitation contacts reduce pain and improve physical function in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

Mensendieck therapy is a “hands off” method. This makes it a very suitable method for Remote treatment.

What is the Effect of a Mensendieck Exercise Program for Recurrent Low Back Pain?

A Mensendieck exercise program significantly reduced the incidence of low back pain recurrences in a population with history of the condition. After 12 months, there was a significant reduction in recurrent low back pain episodes in the Mensendieck group compared with the control
group

What are Musculoskeletal Disorders?

Musculoskeletal Disorders or MSDs are injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system.

Often the a wrong posture, overloading and/or increased muscle tension are the cause. Other causes are Abnormalities in the bone or joints, trauma and degenerative diseases.

What is the perfect posture?

There is no one perfect posture, there are better and worse postures.

The human body is designed to move, walk and run, not to sit in a folded, cramped position for hours.

If you spend a big chunk of your life sitting, you must actively do something to counteract your habits, or your posture will suffer. 

Why Mensendieck.org?

Mensendieck is for many people an unfamiliar name that sometimes leads to confusion. Although the name may come across as outlandish, the Method developed by Mensendieck has continued to evolve over the past 60 years and the results are highly effective and sustainable.
Read more about Mensendieck.org

 

How does remote therapy work?

You may be wondering how remote therapy works, as opposed to face to face.

  1. The intake starts with a questionnaire that is sent prior to the consultation. This questionnaire takes about 5 minutes, information such as what is causing the symptoms and what activities are increasing the symptoms are asked.
  2. During the consult we will go through this intake form with you and ask additional questions.
  3. After this, a physical examination and a number of functional tests will start to get as complete a view of the symptoms.
  4. We will discuss a treatment plan, and book in for your next session as needed.
What is the difference between physical therapy and Mensendieck?

The target of Mensendieck is to make the symptoms disappear, reduce and/or prevent them, based on your own movement possibilities. It also takes into account the situation you are in and your daily activities.

Is Mensendieck Evidence Based?

The Mensendieck method has evolved over time into a evidence-based therapy. The basic principles of the teachings of Bess Mensendieck are still central to this.

Does posture influence emotions?

Thoughts and emotions affect posture and posture affects thoughts and emotions. When stressed or worried our bodies respond to the negative thoughts and emotions by slightly collapsing and shifting into a protective position (Peper, E., Harvey, R., & Hamiel, D. 2019).

When we are upright and look up, we are more likely to:

 

How Much Does Mensendieck Therapy Cost?

For a limited time there is an free initial online consultation. After the consultation, you can expect an average of €35 for a single session of 30 minutes.

Most insurance providers in The Netherlands cover Mensendieck costs.

Even a one-time session can be highly effective. 

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