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.