The Science and Clinical Application of Manual Therapy

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The Science and Clinical Application of Manual Therapy is a multi-disciplinary, international reference book based on work by the top basic science researchers and clinical researchers in the area of Manual Therapy and Manual Medicine (MT/MM). The first book to bring together research on the benefits of MT/MM beyond the known effects on musculoskeletal disorders, it presents evidence of the benefit of MT/MM in treating systemic disorders such as asthma, heart rate dysfunction and GI disturbance.

  • Authored by the leading multidisciplinary basic science and clinical researchers from throughout the world
  • Describes research confirming benefit of MT for musculoskeletal disorders (which helps provide a rational for greater utilization of manual therapy and reimbursement for this healthcare service)
  • Presents the latest findings on the beneficial effect of MT on systemic disorders including asthma, pneumonia, otitis media, heart rate dysfunction and GI disturbance
  • Critically assesses longstanding theoretical models of MT/MM mechanisms with respect to the current understanding of physiological and neurophysiological function
  • Explores the influences of psychological and cortical processes on the effects of MT/MM, including the effect of placebo
  • Uniquely presents research findings from all the manual therapy professions and scientists making the case for the benefits of MT
  • The symposium from which the book was derived was supported by the NIH National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In my opinion the book has the potential to become an important reference for the scientific basis of manual therapy. It contains a wealth of information from the various disciplines and it presents the original concepts of osteopathic medicine."

European Journal of Pain, April 2011

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702033872
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/8/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hollis H King, DO PhD
Professor of Osteopathic Principles and Practice, AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, USA

Wilfrid Jänig MD PhD
Professor of Physiology, Physiologisches Institut, Universität Kiel, Germany

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Table of Contents

1 The Concepts of Osteopathic Medicine: Past and Present


2 Functions of the Autonomic Nervous System: Current Concepts

3 Somatosympathetic Reflex Mechanisms

4 Modulation of Visceral Function by Somatic Stimulation

5 Manual Medicine and Autonomic Nervous System: Assessing Autonomic Function in Humans

6 Survey of Mechanotransduction Disorders


7 Spinothalamic System and Viscero-somatic Motor Reflexes: Functional Organization of Cardiac and Somatic Input

8 Central Convergence of Viscersomatic Inputs from Spinal and Vagal Sources

9 Role of oxytocin and oxytocin related effects in manual therapies

10 Viscero-Sensory Pathways in the Brain

11 The Use of Sham or Placebo Controls in Manual Medicine Research


12 Research on Somato-Visceral Interactions and the Impact of Manual Therapy on Systemic Disorders from the Osteopathic Experience

13 Chiropractic Practice, Experience and Research Related to Somato-Visceral Interactions

14 A Physical Therapist’s Perspective on Manual Therapy: Clinical Effectiveness and Selected Mechanism

15 Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Overview of the Practice and Evidence of a Developing Health Profession


16 Basic Science on Somato-Visceral Interactions: Peripheral and Central Evidence Base and Implications for Research

17 Clinical Applications of Manual Therapy on Physiologic Functions and Systemic Disorders: Evidence Base and Implications for Research

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