Manual Therapy Forum

Interview with Bruce Franke PT, DSc, OCS, COMT, MTC, FAAOMPT

Our initial interview is with Bruce Franke.  He is owner of Desert Palms Physical Therapy /Movement Studio/Institute in Tucson, AZ.  Bruce teaches and mentors orthopedic manual physical therapy as well, both locally and internationally.  There are a number of good pearls for professional development in this interview that I hope all clinicians (veteran and novice) will enjoy.  Of note, the website he mentions toward the end of the interview is  I believe I repeated the wrong address (also this site is not operational as of the time of this post).



The definintion of synergy:  the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

One of my biggest mentors often talks about the word “gestalt” in classes that we teach.  His main point for using this term is “the sum of the parts do not always equal the whole”, meaning that the whole is actually greater.  That is to say (in the world of manual therapy) there are movements or techniques that are actually a combination of multiple things, and this combining has an exaggerating effect on the outcome that would not normally be present were these movements/techniques performed individually.  I include this term here in this post in reverence to him.

However, I stumbled onto this definition of synergy a couple of weeks ago and for some reason it really stuck with me.  Maybe because synergy just sounds more mystical than a more abrupt word like gestalt.  Although, please note that the two definitions are pretty much exactly the same.

I wanted to post this in part because I had hoped to work “synergy” into the title of this blog.  Unfortunately, there were so many physiotherapy clinics in the good ol’ USA that I couldn’t separate this site enough from them.  So, I decided on the current title (  However, my intention for the content has not changed.  And that is this… the content of this blog will be a SYNERGY of opinions, cases, technique descriptions (whether video or written), and interviews (whether audio or written) to inspire, educate, and empower those who practice manual physiotherapy.

Therefore, please subscribe to this blog; follow us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter; or just check back on a regular basis to see what is new.  And please, comment/respond/share/critique or whatever strikes your fancy so that we can impact more clinicians out there!

Coming soon…

Taking the final course (Advanced Spinal Manipulation) this weekend with Erl Pettman in Tucson! Look out for some new posts soon!

Hello world

Hello world!  As the lead-off post for this new blog, I feel there should be some explanation as to the purpose of what you have seen so far, or will see in the future.

In general, it is hoped that the advancement of skilled manual therapy among physical therapists will be assisted by what we are doing here.  To help achieve this, posts about actual case reports with details of examination, assessment, intervention, and outcomes will be included.  In addition to case reports, interviews (whether in audio or video format) from manual physical therapists that provide mentoring or education (either in the clinic or continuing education arena) will be utilized to give insight into unique paradigms or thought processes to broaden our horizons, so to speak.  Lastly, videos of a variety of techniques will be uploaded at times to encourage all of us to continue pursuing excellence in our skills.

So, be sure to subscribe, check us out on Twitter or Facebook, or check back periodically to see what’s new.  Certainly contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions if any things comes to mind!