COMBINED MOVEMENT Theory
Dr Chris McCarthy
PGD Physio, PGD Biomech,
PGD Manip Ther, PhD, FCSP, FMACP
Dr Chris McCarthy is a Clinical Academic Fellow and former
NHS Consultant Physiotherapist at Imperial College, now leading the Manchester Movement Unit of The Manchester School of Physiotherapy,
Manchester, United Kingdom.
Chris’s book “COMBINED MOVEMENT Theory: Rational Mobilisation and Manipulation of the Vertebral Column has sold worldwide, since 2010. In addition, he is one of the contributing authors and editors of the recently published Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (2015).
What is Combined Movement Theory
Combined Movement Theory is the development of Dr Brian Edward’s “Combined Movements” to rationally incorporate Spinal Manipulation Techniques, Muscle Energy Techniques and new methods of Mobilisation. The concept promotes rational Manual Therapy for Spinal Dysfunction.
To move is to change place, position or posture. Thus, the positions at the initiation and cessation of movement are integral to the analysis of movement. Combined Movement Theory (CMT) offers the investigator a framework to examine the influence of starting and finishing positions on movement impairment and use these positions to intervene therapeutically.
Dr Chris McCarthy PGD Physio, PGD Biomech, PGD Manip Ther, PhD, FCSP, FMACP
Dr Chris McCarthy is a Consultant Physiotherapist at The Manchester Movement Unit, Manchester School of Physiotherapy. After qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 1989 he undertook post-graduate training in Biomechanics and Manipulative therapy at Strathclyde and Coventry Universities before undertaking a PhD degree in rehabilitation within the faculty of Medicine at Manchester University.
Following Post-doctoral studies, investigating the sub-classification of non-specific low back pain, he became an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation within the Clinical Trials Unit of the Medical School of Warwick University. He then joined Imperial College Healthcare as a Consultant Spinal Physiotherapist, running a Spinal Fracture Clinic in a Major Trauma Centre. He has published over 60 peer reviewed papers on musculoskeletal rehabilitation and diagnosis and spoken at over 50 conferences. He has taught internationally on Combined Movement Theory, and lectures on a number of the Masters courses in Manual Therapy in the UK.
He is a member of the international advisory board for Manual Therapy journal and regularly reviews and publishes papers in the academic field of Manual Therapy. He has been the Chair of the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, twice, and was awarded a Fellowship of the MACP and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy for advances in Manual Therapy in 2010 and 2011.
Chris’s book “COMBINED MOVEMENT Theory: Rational Mobilisation and manipulation of the Vertebral Column has sold worldwide and Chris has recently written the chapter on Manual Therapy and Pain for the second edition of Elsevier’s popular Pain: A Textbook for Therapists. In addition, he is one of the contributing authors and editors of the recently published Grieve’s Modern Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (2015).
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