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Key Questions From the Conference on the Biology of Manual Therapies

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June 9–10, 2005

Natcher Conference Center,
National Institutes of Health,
Bethesda, Maryland

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?

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