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1.  INTEGRATIVE FASCIAL RELEASE & FUNCTIONAL TESTING 
Soft tissue techniques, including Integrative Myofascial Release (IFR) can be more effective if the area of treatment can be determined by functional testing. The patient’s source of pain may not necessarily be located at the area of complaint and functional testing helps in pinpointing the source. Post-treatment functional testing will provide feedback to both the patient and the doctor as to whether the technique was effective. This paper will describe some typical functional tests and treatment using IFR of the posterior cervical/thoracolumbar fascia.
PMCID: PMC2050814  PMID: 17987166
Soft tissue; chiropractic
2.  SPECIFIC SEQUENTIAL MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF A PATIENT WITH MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME ASSOCIATED WITH REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY 
A patient with traumatic rotator cuff tear of the left shoulder developed severe myofascial pain syndrome with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) involving the left upper extremity. He was unable to tolerate any type of manual therapy or needle treatment due to severe allodynia in the whole left upper limb. This patient presented for treatment approximately 6 months after the onset of trauma. Treatment consisting of specific myofascial trigger point (MTrP) therapy, beginning with desensitization and gentle massage on the MTrP of the first dorsal interosseous muscle, followed by treatment of MTrPs of the wrist-finger extensors and anterior deltoid muscles was commenced. Allodynia was remarkably reduced and further physical therapy with modalities was administered. After 2 weeks of daily MTrP therapy, he received local steroid injection to the left shoulder and continued MTrP therapy 2-3 times per week. Approximately 2 months after the injection the patient was almost pain free with nearly full range of motion in his left shoulder. The mechanism of MTrPs and their association with RSD is discussed in this paper.
PMCID: PMC2050812  PMID: 17987165
Manual therapy; muscle pain; Myofascial Trigger Points; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
3.  THE ROLE OF THE CHIROPRACTOR 
Chiropractors in Australia face some challenges that are unique in their history. The value of their primary treatment modality is now widely recognised. The process of professionalisation of this occupation is well advanced. Yet the integration of chiropractic services within the mainstream Australian health care system remains problematic. It is contended in this paper that chiropractors' integration will be facilitated by two genuine and strategic moves by the medically minded segment of, or the entire, profession. One is to abandon metaphysical notions as part of the 'philosophy of chiropractic' and the other is to pursue limited prescription rights allowing chiropractors to play fully the role of the primary contact practitioners of neuromusculoskeletal medicine. This development is deemed to be beneficial and appropriate for the profession as well as the patients served by this profession.
PMCID: PMC2051092  PMID: 17987192
Chiropractic; prescription rights; neuromusculoskeletal; scope of practice
4.  THE NEED AND OPPORTUNITY FOR BASIC RESEARCH INTO CHIROPRACTIC 
PMCID: PMC2050808  PMID: 17987163
Chiropractic; basic science research
5.  CHIROPRACTORS IN AUSTRALIAN HOSPITALS 
A discussion is presented outlining the necessary elements required of chiropractors to work successfully in hospitals.
PMCID: PMC2050637  PMID: 17989759
Chiropractic; hosiptal; employment
6.  CONTINUING EDUCATION 
PMCID: PMC2050610  PMID: 17987133
Chiropractic; continuing education.

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