June 9–10, 2005
Natcher Conference Center,
National Institutes of Health,
Key questions to be addressed during the sessions and breakout groups
- What is the research suggesting manual therapies can impact on the nervous system? Immune system? Endocrine system?
- Within these scientific disciplines, what additional research would add most to our understanding of the biology of manual therapies?
- How do manual therapies impact on the biomechanics of the body?
- What biomechanics underlying the therapies themselves?
- What additional research on biomechanics would add most to our understanding of the biology of manual therapies?
- What type of study designs would facilitate research on the underlying biology of manual therapies?
- What would be the key outcome measures?
- Are there objective measures that are able to capture changes in structure or function hypothesized to underlie these therapies?
- What state-of-the-art methods in neuroscience, immunology, endocrinology, biomechanics and imaging can be applied to studies of the biology of manual therapies?
- What are the three to five most critical research questions (or needs) to help us understand the biology of manual therapies?