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Thrust Joint Manipulation Skills for the Spine

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This textbook demonstrates thrust joint manipulation techniques for patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction in the spine. 

Thrust Joint Manipulation Skills for the Spine contains information on how to effectively perform thrust techniques, allowing therapists and students engaged in the practice to understand and safely apply the concepts within the framework of movement-based therapy.

The textbook will familiarize the reader with the concept of focusing to engage the barrier as it relates to patient comfort, and provides clinical pearls along the way to enhance skill acquisition and technique. Specific components of safe and effective manipulations that are discussed and demonstrated include:

  • Proper clinician stance
  • Proper use of core and larger muscles
  • Speed, amplitude, and palpation
  • Patient position, direction of movement
  • Fluid body movement and control

The book also provides in-depth information on:

  • The history of thrust joint manipulation as a practice
  • Scientific studies that reveal support for, and against, thrust joint manipulation
  • Clinical reasoning for when and why to use thrust joint techniques in the spine
  • Clinical examination and physical tests that should be done prior to manipulation
  • Drills to develop speed, proper use of the muscles, effective stance and palpation

Includes access to videos demonstrating 45 techniques.

Written by Emilio Puentedura, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, GDMT, CSMT, FAAOMPT and William O’Grady, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, DAAPM, FAAOMPT.

Illustrated. Spiral-bound softcover; 224 pages. Non-returnable.




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