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Spinal Manipulation/Mobilization: Past, Present, Future

Edited by Prof. Martin Descarreaux, Prof. Jan Hartvigsen, Prof. Greg Kawchuk, Dr. Sidney Rubinstein and Prof. Stephen M. Perle.

Spinal manipulation/mobilization (SMT) has an unclear origin, predating chiropractic’s origin with D.D. Palmer’s manipulation of Harvey Lillard’s spine in the late 1890s. Over time, SMT has evolved into a skill requiring many hours of training.

Historically, SMT has been used to treat many different health conditions; however, today it is mainly used in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain syndromes originating from the spine. Presently, there continues to be discussions, and even controversy, about how SMT should be performed, by whom, and for which health conditions it is helpful.

This thematic series in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies invites authors to submit manuscripts that address all topics related to SMT including, but not limited to, how SMT works, how it should be performed, when it should be performed, how it is best taught, for which health conditions it is effective, and how patients perceive the intervention.

This timely series will strengthen the evidence base pertaining to all aspects of SMT with the aim of better informing patients, clinicians, educators, and decision-makers about SMT.

The thematic series will conclude with a free, global, online conference that will bring together the authors of the series to discuss the impact of their work with all those who would like to attend.

  1. An audible pop is the sound that can derive from an adjustment in spinal manipulative therapy and is often seen as an indicator of a successful treatment. A review conducted in 1998 concluded that there was li...

    Authors: Annelieke Cesanne Moorman and David Newell
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2022 30:42
  2. High-velocity low-amplitude thrust spinal manipulation (SM) is a recommended and commonly used manual therapy intervention in physiotherapy. Beliefs surrounding the safety and effectiveness of SM have challeng...

    Authors: Firas Mourad, Marzia Stella Yousif, Filippo Maselli, Leonardo Pellicciari, Roberto Meroni, James Dunning, Emilio Puentedura, Alan Taylor, Roger Kerry, Nathan Hutting and Hendrikus Antonius Kranenburg
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2022 30:38
  3. The intervertebral disc is a known back pain generator and is frequently the focus of spinal manipulative therapy evaluation and treatment. The majority of our current knowledge regarding intradiscal pressure ...

    Authors: William R. Reed, Michael A. K. Liebschner, Carla R. Lima, Harshvardhan Singh, Christopher P. Hurt, Daniel F. Martins, James M. Cox and Maruti R. Gudavalli
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2022 30:36
  4. Despite controversy regarding its validity and clinical usefulness, manual examination findings still have an important role for manipulative therapies. As an example, somatic dysfunction (SD) remains central ...

    Authors: Lorenzo Arcuri, Giacomo Consorti, Marco Tramontano, Marco Petracca, Jorge Eduardo Esteves and Christian Lunghi
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2022 30:32
  5. Cervical spine manipulation (CSM) is a frequently used treatment for neck pain. Despite its demonstrated efficacy, concerns regarding the potential of stretch damage to vertebral arteries (VA) during CSM remai...

    Authors: Lindsay M. Gorrell, Gregor Kuntze, Janet L. Ronsky, Ryan Carter, Bruce Symons, John J. Triano and Walter Herzog
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2022 30:28
  6. Low back and neck pain are the most common musculoskeletal disorders worldwide, and imply suffering and substantial societal costs, hence effective interventions are crucial. The aim of this study was to evalu...

    Authors: Emmanuel Aboagye, Stina Lilje, Camilla Bengtsson, Anna Peterson, Ulf Persson and Eva Skillgate
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2022 30:27
  7. Changes in pain sensitivity are a commonly suggested mechanism for the clinical effect of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). Most research has examined pressure pain thresholds (PPT) and has primarily been con...

    Authors: Casper G. Nim, Sasha L. Aspinall, Rasmus Weibel, Martin G. Steenfelt and Søren O’Neill
    Citation: Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2022 30:25