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The Science and Practice of Manual Therapy


Eyal Lederman DO, PhD

336 Pages

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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.


SECTION 1 The effect of manipulation on the tissue organization

  • Introduction

  • Manual therapy in the tissue dimension

  • Assisting repair with manual therapy

  • Affecting fluid flow with manual therapy

  • Assisting adaptation: manual stretching

  • Pain relief by manual therapy: the local tissue dimension

  • Overview and summary of Section 1

  • References

SECTION 2 Neurological organization in manual therapy

  • Manual therapy in the neurological dimension

  • The motor system

  • Proprioceptive stimulation by manual therapy techniques 

  • Affecting the lower motor system with manual therapy

  • The adaptive code for neuromuscular re-abilitation

  • Abilities, inability and re-abilitation

  • Treating the intact motor system: behavioural and psychomotor dysfunctions

  • Neuromuscular organisation in musculoskeletal damage

  • Re-abilitating the damaged motor system

  • Pain relief by manual therapy – neurological mechanisms

  • Muscle tone

  • Overview and summary of Section 2

  • References

SECTION 3 Psychological and psychophysiological processes in manual therapy

  • Manual therapy in the Psychological/psychophysiological dimension 

  • Origins of therapeutic potential of touch

  • Psychological influences of manual therapy 

  • Psychophysiology of manual therapy

  • Manual therapy in the psychosomatic field 

  • Touch as a therapeutic intervention

  • Pain relief by manual therapy: psychological processes

  • Overview and summary of Section 3 References

SECTION 4 Overview and clinical application

  • Overview and clinical application of the science