Physiotherapist and Manipulative Therapist Stanley Groot

Stanley Groot
Manipulative Therapist
+(34) 952 933 975
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Physiotherapist en Osteopath Mariëlle de Bruin

Mariëlle de Bruin
+(34) 670 663 910
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Since 1993, we have been offering consultations on the Costa del Sol for your physical complaints such as aches and pains or loss of mobility.

We are specialised in Physiotherapy, Manipulative Therapy, Osteopathy, Pediatric Osteopathy, the McKenzie Method, Dry Needling and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

On this website you can find more information about the complaints we treat and which methods we use.

We can attend to you at the following clinics

~ Mijas / Fuengirola ~ ~ Mijas Costa ~ ~ Málaga ~
Clínica “Monte Blanco“
Above Costamueble
Ctra de Mijas km 4.6
29650 MIJAS
Calahonda Practice
C/ Alora 3
29649 Mijas Costa
Centro de rehabilitación
  "Roberto de la Vega Ruiz"
C/de Barroso 7, 2°Izq
29001 MÁLAGA

We do speak English, Spanish, Dutch and German fluently.

About SGMB

SGMB is a collaboration between Physiotherapist and Manipulative Therapist Stanley Groot and Physiotherapist and Osteopath Mariëlle de Bruin and exists since 1993, their goal is to offer a high quality continues service.

About Stanley

Stanley Groot started practice in Fuengirola in 1991 after working in the Netherlands at a Rehab Hospital and a private practice. He graduated as a physiotherapist in 1980 and as a Manual Therapist in 1990. His objective is to provide patients with quality physiotherapeutic assistance, mainly through manual treatments, with an individual approach and where necessary in collaboration with doctors or specialist.

Listed in the spanish register for physiotherapists in Seville, col. nº 3140. Listed in the dutch BIG-register, BIG: 69033724804.

About Mariëlle

After finishing her Physiotherapy studies in 1993, Mariëlle de Bruin came to Spain and has been working on the Costa del Sol since. She did two more post-graduated studies and attended other shorter specialisation courses.

Professional titles

  • Osteopath C.O.
    The 5-year osteopathy training, in Spain at the "Escuela de Osteopatía Madrid" (EOM),
    was concluded with the acquiring of her title in 2012.
  • McKenzie-therapist MDT
    McKenzie courses followed in Holland, Belgium and England, getting her "Credential" in 2003. Mariëlle is registered in the international list of McKenzie therapists (McKenzie)
  • Physiotherapist
    Physiotherapy education at Hogeschool Nijmegen, 1993, the Netherlands. Listed in the spanish register for physiotherapists in Seville, col. nº 2923. Listed in the dutch BIG-register, BIG: 99041785504.

Besides this training, Mariëlle did several other courses like "the Watson Headache Approach", Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Osteopathy for Babies, Posture Diagnosis and treatment and prevention of sports injuries.

How we work

First appointment

At the first appointment the therapist will discuss your condition with you and ask you about your medical history and experiences with previous treatments. When available X-rays or scans will be useful.

Next, the therapist will examine you to find out the area and nature of your problem. A decision will be made upon the most appropriate treatment for your case and a programme made tailored to your needs.

The therapist may also advise you on how you can treat or prevent your condition yourself, for example with some exercises to do at home or even you could be referred to someone else that could help you.

Next appointments

The previous treatment will be reviewed to see if it has been successful. If necessary the treatment will be adapted.

For more information about the methods we use, you can visit the following sites:

What we Treat

Usually patients contact us because they find themselves lacking mobility, caused by pain and/or stiffness. However, thanks to our specialism, we are able to treat a much bigger number of conditions.

Conditions we treat or where we can offer comfort:

  • Typical baby and toddler conditions
    • Infant colic, Reflux
    • Abnormal Head Shape (Plagiocephaly)
    • Allergies, Asthma and Repetitive chest infections
    • Chronic infections (Otitis, Rhinitis)
    • Estrabism
    • Lactation, Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
    • Hip dysplasia, Torticollis, Escoliosis
    • Sleep disturbances, Persistant crying and irritability
  • Post-Traumatic conditions (problems caused by an accident or a fall, like whiplash)
  • Post-Operative conditions (rehabilitation after surgery, like an hip replacement)
  • Chronic syndromes as rheuma, arthritis, degeneration, fibromyalgia
  • Muscle complaints like aches and pains, contractures, weakness, tension
  • Sport Injuries
  • Neurologic conditions like brain damage (as for after a stroke). Neuromuscular diseases
  • Orthopedic conditions like in the foot, ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow or wrist
  • Spinal conditions, chronic or acute, like:
    • Problems caused by poor postures, for example during work or sports
    • Sudden back sprains and strains
    • Aches and pains appeared for no apparent reason
    • Recurring back or neck pains.
    • Pins and needles, referred pain to arm, hand, leg or foot, like sciatica
    • Arthritis
    • Slipped disc, hernia
  • Posture related conditions, caused by bad habits or poor posture. Examples are Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Posture Abnormalities:
    • of the spine: scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis
    • of the legs or feet: flat feet, dysmetria
  • Abdominal conditions like stomach pain, poor digestion, period pains, intestinal complaints
  • Head conditions like headache, migraine and dizziness. But also:
    • Jaw problems: pain and stiffness of the mandibular joint, bruxism, chewing problems
    • Conditions of the face: palsy´s, chronic sinusitis, dry eyes.
    • Conditions of the throat: trouble swallowing, voice disorders (dysphonia), tension
  • Lymph edema, for example after a breast operation
  • Lung conditions: Dyspnea, chest discomfort, irritations (coughing)

If you cannot find your condition in this list, but you would like to know if we can treat you, please contact us.


Does my insurance company cover your invoice?

Regularly patients ask us if their insurance company will pay for our treatment. This will depend on the insurance you have and the country you are from. We always recommend that you ask your company first. The following information is based upon the experience of our patients over the last years:

  • The Spanish or English National Health Service
    Will not cover our invoice.
  • Spanish or English private insurance companies
    We understand that they cover an 80% to a 100% if your policy covers the assistance of doctors or therapist of your choice. Some of these policys would be: Sanitas Mundi, DKV Mundisalud, Mapfre Mundi, BUPA, etc.
  • Scandinavian Insurances
    They usually cover from an 80% to a 100%.

We are registered in the Spanish Official Register of the "Ilustre Colegio de Fisioterapeutas de Andalucia" as number 3140 resp. 2923.


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Osteopathy, what is it?

In summary: osteopathy is a very effective manual therapy for a wide range of physical conditions.


Osteopathy is essentially based on the freedom of movement of and in the body as a whole.

To function properly, the body requires freedom of movement. Muscles and joints need to move without friction, organs need to be able to adapt to different body positions, blood and lymph must run smoothly through vessels, pinched nerves need to be avoided, food needs to move freely through the bowels for digestion, etc, etc.


Many physical conditions are a result of lack of mobility. Poor movement can be caused by a local problem, but very often the real cause is hidden somewhere else in the body. The osteopath is an expert in finding the actual cause (root cause) and in restoring the desired mobility.

Some practise-based examples

Since osteopathy deals with the whole body, achievements are often surprising. Some success stories:

Chronic knee complaints

A 47-year old man was complaining of knee discomfort for 2 years, worsening over the last year and extending to the glutes area and lower back. Even his daily walk had become impossible a couple of months ago. After several physical examinations and treatments without improvement, the specialist suggested, as a last resort, an operation in which the nerve supply got repressed (pain control). Instead, the patient decided to visit an osteopath first. The osteopath concluded there had been an ankle distortion 2 years earlier causing a slight dislocation of the fibula bone proximally near the knee, putting some muscles under strain and continuously compressing a nerve. After 2 treatments the man was able to retake his daily walk and there was never a need for surgery.

Usual lymph therapy gets less successful

A 58-year old lady recieved, due to a chronic disease, continuous lymph therapy to full satisfaction. However, lately she noticed her therapy failed to get the usual good results, so she decided to visit an Osteopath. Exploration revealed a spasm in a large muscle deep down in her belly giving pressure on lymph nodes and vessels. There was reason to believe this muscle spasm had appeared after a change of work posture a couple of weeks earlier. Additionally, a lack of mobility in the ribcage, caused by a chronic lung condition, was putting stress on the main vessel for lymph drainage located in the thorax. The osteopath made sure the oppressed lymph flow got re-established and showed the patient what she could do herself to stay mobile and avoid muscle spasm. After only a few treatments, the patient returned to her usual lymph therapy, feeling better and more energetic than ever.

Low Back Pain

A young and very athletic lady complained about Low Back Pain, always appearing after particular activities in the gym and lingering for a long time after. She showed a history of Low Back Pain and sciatica, often treated with good results but to her regret only short lived. The osteopath put forward her irritable bowel syndrom, pointing out there was a continuous tension from the intestines which decreased pelvic and lower back mobility. Since her sports activities required more movement than the daily postures, it seems logical her Low Back Pain only appeared in the gym. The combination of structural treatments for the lower back and pelvis, and visceral treatment made the complaint disappear completely. The patient was very relieved she finally understood the cause of her problems and after the osteopath taught her some exercises to do just before entering the gym, she was able to practise her sports again joyfully and without pain.

Osteopathic skills

Osteopathy is a 5-year study, complementary to physiotherapy. The osteopath has, besides the profound knowledge of a physiotherapist about the human musculoskeletal system, a profound knowledge of the whole body. An osteopath knows the anatomy and function of the nervous system and the organs, how regulation of bodily fluids is organised, about skull movements, and a large etcetera. And, most importantly, the osteopath knows how all these systems work together and which symptoms can be expected in the case of disorder. Also, the osteopath is trained in interpreting medical reports and images, so all available information is getting used to obtain an effective treatment.

Osteopathic tools

The most important tools of the osteopath are, just like a physiotherapist, eyes, hands, and of course common sense. The osteopath possesses several treatment skills and will opt for the most appropriate programme of treatment according to complaints and demands of each individual patient. Used methods can vary from firm (for example joint manipulations) to very soft (for example drainage techniques).

So, the osteopath is able to treat everything?

Certainly not!

The osteopath is not a substitute for a general practitioner nor a medical specialist but instead, co-operates with them. Cases exist in which the osteopath is not able or allowed to treat. Therefore, the osteopath is trained in recognizing conditions that should be redirected or do require more research before commencing an osteopathic treatment.