The Science & Practice of Manual Therapy book cover

The Science & Practice of Manual Therapy

This practical book offers an extensive examination of how manual therapy (MT) techniques work, and how to match the most suitable techniques to different conditions. Drawing on evidence-based research, it explores the physiological, neurological and psychophysiological responses of the human body to MT techniques. In doing so, it helps MT practitioners deliver a more effective and safer treatment for a broader range of conditions.

Paperback, 336 Pages

Published: January 2005

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-07432-5


  • 1. Introduction

    SECTION 1 The effect of manipulation on the tissue organization
    2. Manual therapy in the tissue dimension
    3. Assisting repair with manual therapy
    4. Affecting fluid flow with manual therapy
    5. Assisting adaptation: manual stretching
    6. Pain relief by manual therapy: the local tissue dimension
    7. Overview and summary of Section 1

    SECTION 2 Neurological organization in manual therapy
    8. Manual therapy in the neurological dimension
    9. The motor system
    10. Proprioceptive stimulation by manual therapy techniques
    11. Affecting the lower motor system with manual therapy
    12. The adaptive code for neuromuscular re-abilitation
    13. Abilities, inability and re-abilitation
    14. Treating the intact motor system: behavioural and psychomotor dysfunctions
    15. Neuromuscular organisation in musculoskeletal damage
    16. Re-abilitating the damaged motor system
    17. Pain relief by manual therapy – neurological mechanisms
    18. Muscle tone
    19. Overview and summary of Section 2

    SECTION 3 Psychological and psychophysiological processes in manual therapy
    20. Manual therapy in the psychological/psychophysiological dimension
    21. Origins of therapeutic potential of touch
    22. Psychological influences of manual therapy
    23. Psychophysiology of manual therapy
    24. Manual therapy in the psychosomatic field
    25. Touch as a therapeutic intervention
    26. Pain relief by manual therapy: psychological processes
    27. Overview and summary of Section 3

    SECTION 4 Overview and clinical application
    28. Overview and clinical application of the science


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