Date of Award
Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Manipulation, Orthopedic; Spine
Spinal manual therapy is a broad term used in physical therapy. Its applications include evaluation, pain relief, relaxation, and restoration of normal joint motion. Unfortunately, there is a lack of scientific research supporting the therapeutic effects of spinal manual therapy. Despite its questionable effectiveness, spinal manual therapy has become a widely used and integral practice for physical therapists. To a physical therapist, spinal manual therapy can include a vast array of procedures including: soft tissue mobilization, passive muscle stretching, muscle energy techniques, and joint manipulation. The purpose of this project is to provide the student with a brief summary on the scientific research of the efficacy of spinal manual therapy and the history of spinal manual therapy. Also included in this project is a video demonstrating specific spinal manual therapy techniques to assist the student in becoming more proficient with manual therapy of the spine.
Brandt, Jennifer, "An educational tool for spinal manual therapy" (1997). Physical Therapy Scholarly Projects. 64.