Over the last several years there have been challenges in the various state legislatures against the physical therapy profession via legislation promoted by chiropractors attempting to prohibit qualified physical therapists from performing spinal manipulation - a technique that has been part of the PT scope of practice since its inception.
Spinal manipulation is not designated as being under the exclusive domain of any one specific profession or group of practitioners. Physical therapists, chiropractors, medical doctors, and osteopathic physicians are all educated and trained to employ manipulation within the scope of their respective licenses and in a manner that protects the public's health, safety and welfare. It is inappropriate for one profession to attempt to "own" a specific technique or dictate clinical practice through such legislation.
This page is designed to provide information and facts about physical therapists and spinal manipulation. In addition, the information will explain the difference between spinal manipulation and a chiropractic adjustment as well as the difference between the PT and chiropractic professions.
Please take a moment to review the information and resource materials below and learn why efforts to prohibit PTs from performing spinal manipulation would eliminate patient choice, remove competition in the health care system, and be a disservice to the patients we serve.