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Michael Nichol BSc (BASRaT) Joan Watt

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What sort of therapist are you? According to the NHS Evidence web site, complementary medicine is defined as, “that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine”, or “that which has not


been shown consistently to be effective”. In 1884 four nurses set up the Society of Trained Masseuses which over time became the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), an applied health profession now regulated by the Health Professions Council. Since 1977 the UK government Department of Health has allowed autonomy for chartered physiotherapists. In the UK osteopaths share a similar status but are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, a body created by an Act of Parliament. They are able to work independently of other health professionals and make their own diagnostic decisions. There are similar regulated professional bodies in many other countries. The profession of sports therapy will hopefully one day have a similar regulated status. Two of the core skills of these regulated professions are massage and the provision of exercise therapy. This means that those two treatment modalities are not in any way shape or form complementary therapies. They are mainstream health interventions. You do not have to be a chartered physiotherapist or osteopath to practise massage or exercise prescription, as long as you have a qualification allowing you to do so and there is nothing wrong with being a ‘complementary therapist’ but if you want to be taken seriously by the medical profession, especially in sport, it is a name you should avoid.

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CONTENTS 7SOAP notes4Journal watch

patient details 10Lumbar mobilisation of the lower limb

An in depth look of the effect of a posterior-to- anterior lumbar mobilisation technique on the lower limb

Bob Bramah MSMA, MCSP

A look at some of the latest research A look at the SOAP system of recording

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