Ideomotor Movement in Pain Management

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There are numerous approaches to hands-on treatment used by the manual therapy professions. In osteopathy, manual manipulative techniques are often broadly defined by the terms ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’. Direct technique refers to the application of external force to engage a restrictive barrier and includes mobilisation with impulse technique, MET, articulation and soft tissue massage. In […]

Tackling Pain in People Living With HIV/AIDS

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Pain management doesn’t end with medication. Education, empowerment and self-care are equally important factors in effective pain management. Pain is very common in people living with HIV, with self-reported pain rates across different settings ranging from 35% up to 91%.1 While there is evidence supporting a relationship between increased pain and decreasing CD4+ T cell […]

The Pleasure of Learning

[dropcap color=”#415D9C”]A[/dropcap]ccording Irving Biederman of the University of Southern California and Edward Vessel of New York University, the process of acquiring new knowledge might actually be analgesic. Beiderman and Vessel believe that humans have an innate drive for information–we are ‘infovores‘–and they think that the same brain mechanisms which control pain and reward are responsible. […]

Placebo: the Meaning Response

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Understanding which components of the therapeutic encounter are valuable in producing positive responses to a health care intervention is an important responsibility of every health profession. The ability to produce specific treatment effects that intervene directly with the presenting dysfunction or pathology is the conventional aim of health care practice, and maximising these effects is […]

Sacroiliac joint fusion and the implications for manual therapy diagnosis and treatment

Assessment and treatment for sacroiliac dysfunction is common in manual therapy management for spinal pain and is based on the assumption that small movements occur at the sacroiliac joints (SIJ). SIJ dysfunction is often addressed using manipulation techniques, usually involving the application of manual forces to the joint complex. Considering the fact many of these […]

Myofascial release: an evidence-based treatment approach?

Myofascial Release (MFR) is an extremely popular manual therapy approach used by therapists in many professions treating neuromusculoskeletal problems. It is so popular, in fact, that the most well known MFR educator, John F. Barnes, claims to have instructed over 50,000 therapists worldwide in his approach. With so many therapists using MFR and, according to […]

The father of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field: Sutherland or Swedenborg?

William G. Sutherland’s cranial osteopathic concepts are arguably the most cherished and guarded ideas within osteopathy. No other topic engenders the degree of debate, controversy, defense or criticism that a discussion of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) will invariably spark. In fact, a recent study published by myself and three French colleagues resulted in […]

Mechanical or inflammatory low back pain. What are the potential signs and symptoms?

Non-specific low back pain (NS-LBP) is commonly conceptualised, categorised and treated as inflammatory and/or mechanical in nature. There is no universally accepted definition for mechanical or inflammatory LBP, however, there is evidence to support the involvement of both mechanical and inflammatory factors in its generation. Following from this nosological separation, there are two distinct approaches […]