The use of manual therapy, or manipulative therapy, is nothing really novel. It has roots back to ancient Greece and 400 BCE Europe (Pettman, 2007). In the modern era, physical therapists have been able to provide strong contributions to the field, thereby solidifying the profession’s claim to have manipulative therapy within its legally regulated scope of practice (Pettman, 2007). This has led to the introduction of various philosophies and approaches to manual therapy, whether coming from the osteopathic, chiropractic, or allopathic professions. The various philosophies are especially apparent in our own profession of physical therapy. As new physical therapists, deciding which approach is the most effective can be challenging. Which approach can you believe in, and should you pursue specializations?
The goal of this article is to provide a breadth of knowledge of all the modern coursework and certification options for a manual therapist.
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