Conference 2022

The ICMT approach

We recognize and value the different cultures, disciplines, and manual therapy backgrounds that provide various perspectives and skillsets when providing healthcare services.  

We know manual procedures are done by many professions and by numerous practitioners. However, there is no place where practitioners and researchers can collaborate in an open‐minded, supportive, progressive and respectful multi‐professional environment to discuss ways to advance the practice and science of manual therapies. 

The ICMT vision

We assert that advancement of the broad field of manual therapy and the quality of patient care it provides will be hastened through accurate understanding and communication about practice, educational principles and research designs and outcomes between the various manual therapy professions/disciplines.  

This process will not result in everyone looking the same or doing the same thing.  The Consortium will help us understand our similarities and differences and facilitate the development of our individual styles of care.

The founding members of the International Consortium on Manual Therapies are establishing such an environment.

The ICMT Conference 2022

The ICMT inaugural conference focuses on key topics fundamental to building a productive culture for collaboration to advance the science and practice of manual therapies.  Teams of ICMT members will have worked for two years on these topics when the conference begins and will be presenting the unprecedented product of their collaborative work.

Keynote speakers

Helene Langevin, M.D.

Helene Langevin, M.D.

Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

As the principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies, Dr. Langevin’s research interests center around the role of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual, and movement-based therapies. Her more recent work has focused on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue. She has authored more than 70 original scientific papers and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

As NCCIH director, Dr. Langevin oversees the Federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

Lars Arendt-Neilsen, Dr. Med., Ph.D.

Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., Ph.D.

Founder & Director, Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI),
Professor, Department of Health Science and Technology, School of Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark.  
Past President, International Association for the Study of Pain

Dr. Arendt-Nielsen has been engaging in pain research, pain education, and pain policy for more than 30 years and worked at various institutions around the world. He has published more than 910 peer-reviewed papers on translational, experimental, and clinical pain research, focusing on development and application of human, quantitative, mechanistic pain biomarkers in 1) human experimental pain studies, 2) clinical pain studies (specifically musculoskeletal and visceral pain conditions) and 3) in studies profiling pain management procedures and new drugs under development.

Conference Objectives

ICMT Conference 2022 offers the latest scientific presentations while engaging practitioners and researchers across the manual therapy spectrum in three topic areas.

Report and evaluate

Report and evaluate the latest advances in basic and clinical research in fields related to manual therapies via plenary, oral presentations, poster, and breakout sessions.


Promote active participation in interprofessional breakout sessions designed to clarify and focus common basic and clinical research platforms and priorities.


Collaborate to build new interprofessional relationships with leading international researchers in manual therapies.

Topic Area One

Defining Manual Therapy Procedures across professions to promote understanding and a lexicon for communication.

Topic Area Two

Summarizing Physiological Theories put forth by professions explaining the proposed impact of manual therapies on the body and comparing them to current evidence.

Topic Area Three

Reporting and explaining current and future biomedical approaches that have been or may be helpful in Measuring Physiological Effects of manual therapies.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small group sessions to contribute to the working groups’ outcomes and prepare priorities for research and future ICMT conferences.

Conference Highlights

Presentations reveal the latest research advances in manual therapies

Plenary speakers and oral sessions by internationally recognized researchers in manual therapies

Interactive, innovative and thought provoking breakout sessions

Poster sessions with cutting-edge research in manual therapies

Interprofessional collaboration with researchers and practitioners

Practitioners who provide manual therapy are encouraged to attend

Athletic trainers
Doctors of Chiropractic
Doctors of Oriental medicine
Doctors of physical therapy
Manual medicine physicians
Massage therapists
Occupational therapists
Osteopathic physicians
Physical therapists
Structural Integration practitioners

Researchers in these fields are encouraged to attend

Motor control

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