Strategies to overcome size and mechanical disadvantages in manual therapy

Charles R. Hazle, Matthew Lee

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The practice of manual therapy (MT) is often difficult when providing care for large patients and for practitioners small in stature or with other physical limitations. Many MT techniques can be modified using simple principles to require less exertion, permitting consistency with standards of practice even in the presence of physical challenges. Commonly used MT techniques are herein described and demonstrated with alternative preparatory and movement methods, which can also be adopted for use in other techniques. These alternative techniques and the procedures used to adapt them warrant discussion among practitioners and educators in order to implement care, consistent with the best treatment evidence for many common musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. The inclusion in educational curricula and MT training programs is recommended to enrich skill development in physical therapists (PTs), spanning entry-level practitioners to those pursuing advanced manual skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-127
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 26 2016

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  • Manipulation
  • Manual therapy
  • Obesity
  • Professional issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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