National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health

Información en Español

Health Topics A-Z

Conference on the Biology of Manual Therapies


This page is an historical document and contains content that may be out of date.

For Immediate Release:

Monday, June 6, 2005


A multidisciplinary conference entitled The Biology of Manual Therapies will assess the underlying biology supporting manual therapies and identify opportunities for further research. This landmark conference will cover three primary topic areas involved in manual therapies: 1) neuroscience, 2) immunology and endocrinology, and 3) biomechanics and imaging. Examples of manual therapies include chiropractic, osteopathic manipulation, and massage therapy.


June 9–10, 2005
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
45 Center Drive
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland


Manual therapies include a host of techniques that focus primarily on the structures and systems of the body, including the bones and joints, the soft tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems. There is increasing evidence that manual therapies may trigger a cascade of cellular, biomechanical, neural, and/or extracellular events as the body adapts to the external stress.

Several NIH Institutes and Centers will partner with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to sponsor this conference. They include the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

For more information, visit or call the NCCAM press office at 301-496-7790.

About the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): NCCIH’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCIH’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

This page last modified May 29, 2012