Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Manual Therapy 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Physiotherapy

DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit is to allow the student to carry out soft-tissue manipulations, and basic manipulative therapy techniques. The student will be introduced to the elements of palpation of various joints in the upper and lower limb and will lead to the performance of specific manipulative techniques to increase range of motion and decrease pain. This is a year-long study-unit with the focus on the upper limb in the first semester and lower limb in the second. By the end of this study-unit the student will be able to deal with different manipulative techniques as part of the rehabilitation programme.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to allow the student to carry out basic manipulative therapy techniques to the peripheral joints.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Locate anatomical landmarks used in manipulative techniques;
- State the indications and contraindications for the application of manipulative techniques;
- Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to the application of manipulative procedures;
- Discuss and demonstrate the application of passive movement techniques;
- State the contraindications to the application of oscillatory manipulative techniques;
- Describe the grades of oscillatory manipulative techniques and indicate the use of each grade;
- Recognise the conditions contraindicated to soft-tissue manipulation and apply any appropriate precautions.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Carry out routine examinations of peripheral joints;
- Discuss examination findings and their implications for treatment;
- Perform peripheral manipulative techniques in grades I - IV;
- Maintain records of assessment and treatment for various peripheral joints.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- BUTLER, D.S. (1994) Mobilisation of the Nervous System. London/Churchill Livingstone.
- BUTLER D (2000) The Sensitive Nervous System Noigroup Publications Adelaide Australia.
- CLELAND, J., (2005) Orthopaedic clinical examination: an evidence-based approach for physical therapists. WB Saunders Co.
- KENDALL F P, MCCREARY E K, PROVANCE P G (1993) Muscles Testing and Function 3rd edition Williams & Wilkins USA.
- MAGEE, D.J. (1992) 2nd ed. Orthopaedic Physical Assessment. W.B. Saunders Company.
- MAITLAND G.. (2005), Hengeveld E, Banks K, English K. Maitlands vertebral manipulation, 7th ed. London: Elsevier.
- PRENTICE, W., VOIGHT, M.and BARRON, B., 2003. Techniques in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. B. BARRON ed., ISBN 1053-0487.

Supplementary Readings:

Most texts are available as handouts or online for registered students:

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- APLEY, A. G.; SOLOMAN, L. (1987) Apley•s System of Orthopaedics and Fractures (reprint) London/Butterworths.
- BARR, M. L.; KIERNAN, J.A. (1988) The Human Nervous System: An Anatomical Viewpoint 5th Ed. London/Butterworths.
- BINKLEY, J. (1989) Overview of ligament and tendon structure and mechanics: Implications for clinical practice. Physiotherapy Canada 41:pp24-30.
- BLAND, J. (1993), Mechanisms of adaptation in the joint, in Crosbie, J. (ed) Key issues in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Butterworth Heinemann.
- CAILLET, R. (1989) Low Back Pain Syndrome 2nd Reprint Philadelphia/F. A. Davis.
- CRAWFORD ADAMS, J. (1992) Outline of Fractures 10th Ed. Edinburgh / Churchill Livingstone.
- CRAWFORD ADAMS, J. (1992) Outline of Orthopaedics 10th Ed. Edinburgh / Churchill Livingstone.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Competencies SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Tonio P. Agius

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