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Neurophysiological Effects of Manual Therapy in Aging and Older Adults
Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Michelle E. Wormley, Sacred Heart University
  • Jason Grimes, Sacred Heart University
  • Wendy Romney, Sacred Heart University
  • Sheng-Che Yen, Northeastern University
  • Kevin Chui, Sacred Heart University
Document Type
Peer-Reviewed Article
Publication Date
Physical Therapy
Musculoskeletal conditions are a common occurrence among older adults, often requiring physical therapy services. Physical therapy interventions, including manual therapy, have demonstrated positive outcomes in older adults. Decades of clinical research in the field of orthopedic physical therapy indicates the positive outcomes of this approach; however, the underlying basis regarding the efficacy of manual therapy interventions remains unknown. The purpose of this article is to review the evidence surrounding the neurophysiological effects of manual therapy, specifically mobilization and manipulation, in aging and older adults (ie, those ≥ 50 years of age).
Citation Information

Wormley, M., Grimes, J., Romney, W., & Chui, K. (2016). Neurophysiological effects of manual therapy in aging and older adults. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 31(3), 173-179. doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000071