The Future of Manual Therapy

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Our first blog kicks off with a topic from the Australian Physiotherapy Associations InMotion magazine where the author observes practitioners shunning manual therapy intervention justified by a lack of evidence to support it. He calls for balanced use of manual therapy and hands off approaches. Read full article.

In my response to the editor, I agree with this sentiment but also add “Often, hands-off approaches do help where traditional manual therapies fail, particularly where chronic pain exists. Perhaps this failure relates more to how we are utilising the techniques—focusing on just treating where it hurts, addressing just the musculoskeletal system and applying techniques in a manner that attempts to force change upon the body”. The integrative manual therapy approach attempts to redress these limitations in the traditional approach. Read full response. What are your thoughts on this topic? What do you see as the future for your profession?

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