Manual Therapy Journal Review

What they say

Manual Therapy is a peer-reviewed international and multidisciplinary journal, publishing high quality original research, review and debate articles that contribute to improving the clinical understanding of appropriate care processes for musculoskeletal conditions. The journal publishes articles that influence the body of evidence on mechanistic and diagnostic processes, patient care and guidelines for musculoskeletal therapies and musculoskeletal medicine.

Papers published in Manual Therapy are international, multidisciplinary, with an over-arching clinical focus. Published papers show depth, rigour, originality and high standards of presentation which inform the evidence base relating to mechanisms of dysfunction and rehabilitation methods; best practice; the service user experience and perspectives; clinical reasoning and decision making; and assessment and clinical management of musculoskeletal disorders.

Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research articles are welcomed as well as systematic and scholarly reviews which meet and develop the journal’s high academic and ethical standards. Other regular features include Masterclasses, Case Reports, Professional Issues and Technical and measurement reports.

What we say

If you’re an orthopedic physical therapist or musculoskeletal physiotherapist then this is a journal that you won’t want to miss out on!  The strong editorial board is headed up by Ann Moore and Gwendolen Jull, and it is the official journal of the The Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and the Manual Therapy Association Belgium.

The content consists of masterclass articles, review and original articles, professional issue pieces, technical and measurement reports and case reports, all of which are clinically relevant to the practicing musculoskeletal or orthopaedic practitioner.  If there is ever just one journal to choose to support your clinical practice then this would have to be at the top of the list!

You can have a good look around Manual Therapy this month there is full free access to the contents.  Here is a list of what you will find:

  • Editors reflections on 2013 and plans for new initiatives in 2014. Ann Moore, Gwendolen Jull


  • Articular dysfunction patterns in patients with mechanical neck pain: A clinical algorithm to guide specific mobilization and manipulation techniques. Vincent Dewitte, Axel Beernaert, Bart Vanthillo, Tom Barbe, et al.

Systematic Review

  • Reliability and validity of non-radiographic methods of thoracic kyphosis measurement: A systematic review. Eva Barrett, Karen McCreesh, Jeremy Lewis

Original Articles

  • The addition of cervical unilateral posterior–anterior mobilisation in the treatment of patients with shoulder impingement syndrome: A randomised clinical trial. Chad Cook, Ken Learman, Steve Houghton, Christopher Showalter, et al.
  • Immediate effects of active cranio-cervical flexion exercise versus passive mobilisation of the upper cervical spine on pain and performance on the cranio-cervical flexion test. Enrique Lluch, Jochen Schomacher, Leonardo Gizzi, Frank Petzke, et al.
  • Does posture of the cervical spine influence dorsal neck muscle activity when lifting? Anneli Peolsson, Eivind Marstein, Timothy McNamara, Damien Nolan, et al.
  • A qualitative grounded theory study of the conceptions of clinical practice in osteopathy – A continuum from technical rationality to professional artistry Oliver P. Thomson, Nicola J. Petty, Ann P. Moore
  • Clinical decision-making and therapeutic approaches in osteopathy – A qualitative grounded theory study. Oliver P. Thomson, Nicola J. Petty, Ann P. Moore
  • Validity and reliability of a German version of the Neck Disability Index (NDI-G). Jaap Swanenburg, Kim Humphreys, Anke Langenfeld, Florian Brunner, et al.
  • Normative sciatic nerve excursion during a modified straight leg raise test. Colette Ridehalgh, Ann Moore, Alan Hough
  • Patient characteristics in low back pain subgroups based on an existing classification system. A descriptive cohort study in chiropractic practice. Heidi Eirikstoft, Alice Kongsted
  • Technical and Measurement Report
  • Intra- and inter-rater reliability of a modified measure of hand behind back range of motion. Paul A. van den Dolder, Paulo H. Ferreira, Kathryn Refshauge
  • Scapular kinematics and muscle performance in a single case of Parsonage–Turner. Paula R. Camargo, Gisele G. Zanca, Patrícia S. Okino, Thiago L. Russo, et al.

Professional Issue

  • Non-medical prescribing by physiotherapists: Issues reported in the current evidence. Joanne H. Morris, Karen Grimmer

Publish your work in Manual Therapy

The Manual Therapy journal employs a double blind peer review process and has a current Impact Factor of 2.237.  If you are interested in publishing your work in Manual Therapy Elsevier (the publisher) provides authors with multiple resources, from fact sheets and bite-sized webinars to quizzes on all areas of publication in health, science and medical journals.