Manual Therapy – Where is it Going?

Over the past several months I have been thinking a lot about manual therapy, specifically the future of manual therapy.  Obviously there has been a large amount of literature diving into the topic of manual therapy within physical therapy, but where are we going now with our research?  Is manual therapy “all that”?  How do we blend it with other…

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Social Media: Slowly Tearing Us Down?

Social media is a term that I feel is mentioned at least once daily in our everyday conversations.  All of us now-a-days seem to be present on some platform whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or beyond.  Most people probably relate social media to more personal relationships/interactions, however a recent JOSPT Viewpoint article shined light on the…

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Best EIM Blogs of 2017

As the end of the year approaches, at Evidence In Motion, we want to celebrate the best blog posts that our team members have shared throughout 2017. From the deeply personal struggle of allowing tragedy to connect clinician and patient to commentary on healthcare reform, this year’s blogs have covered a variety of topics that will help you become…

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Aren’t We All Using Manual Therapy?

Over the past year or so, I have increasingly been reading, hearing or engaging in conversations regarding manual therapy and its “place” within physical therapy.  It is clear that manual therapy is popular with addressing musculoskeletal conditions and is supported in the medical literature.  However, manual therapy has been taking on more criticism, which is not a bad thing.  The…

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We Do Not Do The Basics Well

Any PT or PT student that knows me has heard me say “experts do the basics extraordinarily well.”  In fact, this is the motto of my teaching approach for entry-level students, guiding students through foundational psychomotor skills such as the neuromotor screen (dermatomes, myotomes, reflexes), manual muscle testing and goniometric measurement.  I harp on doing these in a standardized…

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I Am Not Defined By A Technique

I am a physical therapist.  I am a physical therapist who uses manual therapy.  One who uses exercise in many forms.  I use pain neuroscience and specific treatments to address persistent pain (PNE, graded motor imagery, graded activity and exposure).  I dry needle.  I use heat, ice and, hell, sometimes I might use ultrasound.  However, the most important clinical “technique…

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