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February, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 02

Texas Hosts Manual Therapy Symposium

By Meghan Vivo, Associate Editor

A two-day symposium addressing "Somato-Visceral Interactions and Autonomic Mechanisms of Manual Therapy" is scheduled from March 31 through April 1, 2008, in Fort Worth, Texas. Part of the Osteopathic Collaborative Clinical Trials Initiatives Conference series, the event may be of particular interest to massage and other manual therapists. It represents an interdisciplinary collaboration between physical therapy, chiropractic and osteopathic organizations, with the Massage Therapy Foundation acting as a sponsor. Experts from the United States, Japan, Germany and Canada will discuss somato-visceral reflexes and autonomic mechanisms of manual therapy.

The conference begins with a welcome reception on Sunday, March 30, followed by two days of educational sessions, starting from 7:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. on Monday, March 31, and from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1.

The program will highlight current research illustrating the impact of manual therapy on physiologic processes and systemic disease. Specific sessions range from "Clinical Background from Manual Therapies and Review of the Clinical Evidence" and "Peripheral Somato-Visceral Mechanisms" to "Spinal Cord Mechanisms" and "Neuraxis and Central Mediation of Somato-Visceral Interactions." Speakers include Cynthia Myers, PhD, LMT, Joel G. Pickar, DC, PhD, Lisa E. Goehler, PhD, Brian S. Budgell, DC, PhD, and others. Participant break-out sessions will cover clinical conclusions and priorities, peripheral mechanism conclusions and priorities, and central mechanism conclusions and priorities. A discussion of the presentations will result in a published state-of-the-art consensus, with suggestions for clinical and research applications.

The standard registration fee is $400, the University of North Texas Health Science Center faculty/staff fee is $175 and the student fee is $75. After March 7th, only a limited number of spots will be available. For more information, visit


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