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Manual treatment of somatic dysfunction 

Manual treatment of somatic dysfunction
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Manual treatment of somatic dysfunction
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Michael L. Kuchera

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10.1093/med/9780199674107.003.0050
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date: 26 November 2020

In the right hands and used for the proper reasons, manual techniques can increase patient satisfaction and lead to symptomatic relief of somatic dysfunction and pain, by removing the underlying somatic component. Such conservative, non-invasive techniques can be a significant option in part of a total physician-directed treatment programme to enhance health and well-being. Manual techniques alone do not constitute manual medicine. Manual techniques applied to the musculoskeletal system may be delivered by any number of lay people—by coaches or sports trainers, by a variety of therapists in a systematic manner, or even by well-meaning family members. Furthermore, a number of allied health therapists spend a significant portion much of their training using their hands to apply manual techniques, which are variously termed ‘massage therapy’, ‘physical therapy’, or a specific school of therapy. Conversely, manual techniques applied by physicians constitute ‘manual medicine’.

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