In one memorable scene from the Star Wars classic The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker complains to Jedi Master Yoda that his X-wing spacecraft will never get out of the swamp where it has landed. Luke has learned how to use The Force to lift stones off the ground, but “knows” that the spacecraft is
When I began my physical therapy career almost ten years ago, my prior beliefs and PT school education left me with the impression that spinal thrust manipulation was a dangerous treatment technique. The only acceptable use for it was in 18-30 year olds in pristine physical condition, and only after all other treatment options had
The graphic you see at the start of this post is from the movie Patch Adams, where a man committed to a psychiatric institution becomes a medical doctor attempting to restore greater humanity to the profession. The scene depicted here is Patch in the psych ward explaining to his attending (but not attentive) physician that
During the past few years, as I completed a manual therapy fellowship, I have been much more involved with the PT community online. I have seen many blogs and tweets in social media promoting physical therapy with the #GetPT1st hashtag and giving testimonials on patient outcomes. I think these efforts are valuable and should continue.