The Placebo Effect in Manual Therapy
Improving clinical outcomes in your practice
- 2015, 296 pages
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Numerous studies have made the placebo effect the most-studied
healing phenomenon known to mankind.
In The Placebo Response in Manual Therapy Brian Fulton
has drawn on these studies to provide an essential resource for all
practitioners who work on a one to one basis with their clients.
Those manual therapists who learn from this book will find that
their new understanding can lead to improved clinical outcomes for their clients.
The Placebo Response in Manual Therapy presents a knowledge-based
approach to augmenting your patients own healing systems.
It explains how to:
maximize the placebo response in your patients, using knowledge from 60 years of research,
turn on an individuals inner healing system, even with challenging patients,
increase your success rate and your patients health outcomes within your current methods of practice,
use the client-practitioner relationship as a technique for improving health
outcomes in your patients based on research concerning the therapeutic encounter.
The placebo effect of touch is an important factor in the effectiveness of all manual therapy treatments.
However most manual therapists are not taught how to make use of the placebo
response and many remain unaware of its potential and unsure of how to harness it as part of their therapy.
This book is for them.
With forewords by Leon Chaitow and Ruth Werner.
Table of Contents:
Introduction to the book
Part 1 Understanding the Placebo Effect
Definition of a Placebo
Enter the Placebo
A Historical Perspective
The Nature of Belief
Performance of the Placebo
Do Placebo Effects Last?
Objective Results from Placebos
Criticism of the Placebo Effect
Biological Pathways and Theories
The Placebo Responder
Ethics and Informed Consent
Part 2 Concepts and Application
Introduction to Part 2
Motivation and Desire
The Power of Listening
Feelings of Care and Concern from the Practitioner
Establishment of a Feeling of Control
Reducing your Patients Anxiety Levels
Receiving Adequate Explanation of the Pathology
The Narrative: How We Make Sense of the World
Acceptance of the Mystery of Healing
Certainty of the Patient
Time Spent By the Practitioner
Use of Ritual
The Clinicians Persona
Practitioners Use of Humor
Helping Patients Maximize Their Own Healing Response
Part 3 Perspectives on Healing
Introduction to Part 3
Where Do We Go from Here?
Appendix: Developing Strong Social Support
References and Further Reading