By: Chris Showalter PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT
Full Disclosure: This month’s Research Commentary discusses a peer reviewed research article co-authored by MAPS Research Consultant Chad Cook and MAPS Senior Faculty Members Ken Learman, Chris Showalter, Vincent Kabbaz and Bryan O’Halloran. The synopsis and link to Manual Therapy are found below. The full article will be available in an upcoming issue of Manual Therapy
Prior studies have proclaimed the early use of Thrust Manipulation (TM) in Acute Low Back Pain (LBP) as TM has been suggested to improved outcomes and provide quicker recovery. To our knowledge only two prior studies have directly compared TM to Mobilization, also known as Non Thrust Manipulation (NTM) (Hadler et al, 1987 and Cleland et al, 2009). These studies both concluded that TM was superior to NTM.
Contrary to the Hadler and Cleland studies, our results find NO DIFFERENCES between TM and NTM. We discuss potential reasons for these different results in detail in the complete article…