Pain or resistance - The manual therapists' dilemma

C. Maher*, J. Latimer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Australian physiotherapists have been encouraged to collect, interpret and use information related to spinal stiffness during the assessment and treatment of patients with spinal pain. This paper discusses some problems surrounding the interpretation of stiffness data and suggests an alternative approach to clinical practice that does not rely upon these tests. A review of the literature currently available suggests that considering stiffness may hinder rather than help treatment selection and patient management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-260
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Physiotherapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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