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Vascular profiling: Should manual therapists take blood pressure?
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PMID:  23021565     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Risk assessment of the cervical spine prior to manual therapy interventions is currently a contentious topic, highlighted by recent suggestions in the medical press (, that manipulative therapy should be abandoned because of the perceived risk. This paper addresses the issue of manual therapists using blood pressure measurement as an aid to clinical reasoning and decision making. The authors' use a case series of three neuromusculoskeletal presentations, which support the contention that blood pressure recording can prove to be an appropriate objective test for assessment prior to manual therapy interventions. Furthermore, it is suggested that blood pressure testing may provide direction for risk assessment and/or the management of patients across all populations and age groups as part of a holistic 'vascular profiling' approach to clinical reasoning and decision making.
Alan J Taylor; Roger Kerry
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Manual therapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2769     ISO Abbreviation:  Man Ther     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-10-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9610924     Medline TA:  Man Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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