Reconceptualising manual therapy skills in contemporary practice

Martin Rabey, Toby Hall, Clair Hebron, Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson, Steffan Wittrup Christensen, Niamh Moloney

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Challenges to the use of manual therapy have arisen from evidence of its limited effectiveness as a sole modality, indicated by clinically insignificant effect sizes in some populations (Gross et al. , 2015, Rubinstein et al. , 2011). Further, the reliability and validity of manual assessment findings has also come under question. So, does the evidence base truly support the abandonment of manual therapy? Do these age-old and intensively-acquired skills lack practice? In this manuscript, we consider the balance of evidence around manual assessment and intervention, whilst presenting a contemporary perspective on interpretation of manual examination findings, and how these might inform clinical reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalMusculoskeletal Science and Practice
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2017

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