Orthopaedic Manual Therapy: What is it?

The profession of Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy has a number of specialized areas of practice.  Orthopaedic Manual Therapy is one such specialized area.  The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT), which represents groups of Manipulative Physical Therapists around the world, defines this area as the management of nerves, muscles, and bones of the body, i.e. neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, using specific treatment approaches which include manual or manipulative techniques and therapeutic exercises.  Scientific and clinical evidence and detailed physical examination of patients are used to arrive at a diagnosis and to develop a management plan to restore and improve the movement and function of these individuals.  Orthopaedic manual therapists, in addition to their physiotherapy/physical therapy degree, also have extensive post-graduate education and training in this specialized area and have attained internationally recognized qualifications in manipulative therapy.

Paula Moreira, B.Sc., BMR.PT., MCISc.,
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy