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Experiences of intervertebral motion palpation in osteopathic practice - A qualitative interview study among Swedish osteopaths

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2017 Jan;21(1):101-108.

Authors:

Niklas S Sposato, Kristofer Bjerså

Abstract.



Background: Assessment in manual therapy includes quantitative and qualitative procedures, and intervertebral motion palpation (IMP) is one of the core assessment methods in osteopathic practice. The aim of this study was to explore osteopathic practitioners' experiences of clinical decision-making and IMP as a diagnostic tool for planning and evaluation of osteopathic interventions.

Method: The study was conducted with semi-structured interviews that included eight informants. Content analysis was used as the analytical procedure.

Result: In total, three categories emerged from the analysis: strategic decision-making, diagnostic usability of IMP, and treatment applicability of IMP.

Conclusion: The study indicated that IMP was considered relevant and was given particular importance in cases where IMP findings confirmed clinical information attained from other stages in the diagnostic process as a whole. However, IMP findings were experienced as less important if they were not correlated to other findings.

Publication Date: 

2017 Jan

OEID: 

2884

Sposato, SN., Bjerså, K. (2017) 'Experiences of intervertebral motion palpation in osteopathic practice - A qualitative interview study among Swedish osteopaths ', J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2017 Jan;21(1):101-108.

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