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The journal Manual Therapy will change its name

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So this is kind of huge. Next year the journal Manual Therapy is changing its name to Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Here’s their under-stated explanation:

The new title will better reflect current practice, education and research in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy worldwide and ensure that the journal continues to be a leading publication in the field

In other words, “manual therapy” is too narrow, too much about fixing people with techniques and magic hands, and neglects other perspectives and approaches. The change signals a general retreat from the belief that flesh and structure need to be changed … or even can be. It’s writing on the wall that says that manual therapy needs to get beyond being “manual.”

Interesting times!

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