Lecture 2

Manual Medicine, an option for neuro-orthopaedic patients?

  • Prof. h.c. Dr. med. Stephan Martin

    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Manual Medicine

MZEB – Bruno-Valentin-Institut
Diakovere Annastift
Orthopädische Klinik der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover
Anna-von-Borries Str. 1-7
D-30625 Hannover, Germany


In patients with reduced possibilities for neurological or muscular compensation, reversible dysfunction in the muscular-skeletal system can cause a more pronounced pathology and pain than in the non-handicapped. The reaction to nociception is highly variable in in this group. Establishing the diagnosis can be a challenge for the practitioner because of the variability of symptoms and complaints. If the diagnosis can be established it is often possible to easily ameliorate severe discomfort and pain. Typical examples are: shoulder-arm pain in wheelchair dependent persons, vertigo in muscular dystrophy, severely spastic muscle-tone in post-operative cerebral palsy patients.  

Clinical cases and practical approaches from the routine practice in a university neuro-orthopaedic center will be presented.

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2009 head of neuro-orthopaedics of the department for pediatric orthopaedics at Hannover Medical School

2011 instructor for neuro-orthopaedics at the Scientific Centre for Children's Health of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

2017 head of the Bruno-Valentin-Institute, medical center for impaired adults at Hannover Medical School

2017 appointed „Honourable Professor“ by the Scientific Centre for Children´s Health of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

State medical officer for the physically handicapped of the State of Lower Saxony

Head of the Association of Physicians for Manual Medicine in Children and Atlas Therapy (ÄMKA e.V.)

Vice chair of the scientific advisory board of the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBH e.V.)

Board member of the Helmut-John Foundation II (for Spina Bifida)

Member of the editorial staff of the journal “Manuelle Medizin“ (Springer)