Research Review: Effect of Manual Therapy on Vertebral and Internal Carotid Blood Flow

In the next installment of my Research Review series for MedBridge Education, we will discuss a recent study that appeared in Physical Therapy Journal conducted by Thomas et al.  The authors investigated the changes in vertebral and internal carotid blood flow during selective positions that are commonly associated with manual therapy techniques were assumed. This…

Manual Therapy… Why the Apprehension?

According to a survey of 813 British physical therapists conducted by Foster et al, Only 58.9% Physical therapists utilize spinal mobilization (Grade I - IV) and only 2.8% use spinal manipulative therapy (Grade V) when treating patients suffering from low back pain (LBP). Additionally, a survey of 274 Canadian physical therapists published by Li et…