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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
John Medeiros PT, Ph.D.
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Joint mobilizations/manipulations can serve multiple purposes clinically. While this treatment technique has been used for centuries the neuromuscular effects of joint mobilizations/manipulations are unknown. Following an extensive literature review, we concluded there does not appear to be an overwhelming consensus with regards to the physiological changes made as a result of joint mobilization/manipulation. Therefore, based upon our findings we believe that mobilizations/manipulations are a valuable clinical tool for treatment of various patients, but we would not utilize these techniques for the sole purpose of improving muscular recruitment.
Bortnem, Grant and Zavertnik, Joshua, "Neuromuscular Effects of Joint Mobilizations and Manipulations" (2009). School of Physical Therapy. 10.