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Truth in Treatment

Published February 26, 2014 10:46 PM by Jason Marketti

Since therapy has been focused on science-based evidence, I thought I would examine two treatments that are embraced by "leaders" in the therapy community. The first is visceral manipulation. The APTA took a hit for including this in the Section on Women's Health and I wanted to find out why. Jean-Pierre Barral, the French osteopath and PT, states visceral manipulation will assist with functional and structural imbalances. Sounds good enough to me, so I kept reading.

Unfortunately he lost me when the organs stored emotions and needed to be released. And since insurance companies have included this as an experimental treatment, I will pass on learning more for now. To give kudos to Dr. Barral, Time magazine ran a story about him and this alternative treatment.

The second "treatment" is craniosacral therapy. I've written about this before but wanted something more in depth and even though insurance companies find this experimental, I thought I'd once again examine the treatment and see if I believe in it. Like visceral manipulation, the concept sounded alright but when I got to the part of the energy cysts and movement of fused bones, Dr. John Upledger lost me. I won't disagree totally with this but I'll need to see and read more about it. I have to give praise to anyone who steps out of the given line of thought and devises a concept that might otherwise be overlooked and dismissed.

Many other treatments that can restore function to patients are proven, without doubt, and are reproducible in almost any clinic. When physical therapists are on the edge of holistic treatments and theories of ideomotor activity with inconclusive results, I scratch my head. But I don't totally discount any treatment that will help improve a patient's mobility and function. Now all we have to do is get the national organization behind legalizing marijuana because of all the positive effects it has on the body. But wait, there's controversy with this, kind of like endorsing visceral manipulation.

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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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