OPTP, Minneapolis, offers Thrust Joint Manipulation Skills for the Spine, a manual therapy textbook that demonstrates how to perform thrust joint manipulation techniques for patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the spine.

Written by Emilio Puentedura, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, GDMT, CSMT, FAAOMPT, and William O’Grady, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, DAAPM, FAAOMPT, the 224-page, spiral-bound book features numerous full-color photographs as well as access to videos demonstrating 45 manipulation techniques.

The textbook familiarizes the reader with the concept of focusing to engage the barrier as it relates to patient comfort, and demonstrates specific aspects of manipulations, such as proper clinician stance; proper use of core and larger muscles; patient position, direction of movement; and 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; and drills to develop speed, proper use of the muscles, effective stance and palpation.

[Source: OPTP]