Management vs Treatment

Manual therapy makes use of many different types of treatment and management depending on the diagnosis, category and stage of the disorder.

In general terms, treatment tends to mean direct therapist intervention.  It may be active – towards the cure of the disorder; causal – directed against the cause of the symptoms; empirical – where experience has proved the beneficial approach; or expectant -directed towards the relief of symptoms.

On the other hand management indicates a broader and essentially a more complete approach to intervention.  It may involve treatment as described or be palliative – designed to relieve symptoms without specifically effecting the disorder; preventative – to prevent recurrence; and supportive – designed mainly to maintain the strength of function.

The broader scope of Manual therapy attempts to provide a greater patient intervention options and improve both the quality and outcome of physical intervention.

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