Manual Therapy for Voice and Swallowing

A Person-Centered Approach

Walt Fritz

April 2023

350 pages

8½ x 11”/ 216 x 279mm

ISBN 978-1-909082-70-0

Colur illustrations

Price $125/£110

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At the heart of this new book is a departure from the norm of expert clinician directing anatomically-based and traditional treatment regimes. Instead, Walt Fritz presents a scenario wherein the client, as an equal, is leading the clinician, through responses to questions, to behaviors, and to touch.

This shared decision-making approach questions and challenges existing manual therapy practice and in the words of the Author, aims to '...introduce to you an updated mechanism of action to explain MT effects and then turn to intervention. If you are currently using MT in your practice for voice, swallowing, breathing, oral-motor, or other related issues, the material presented here may challenge what you’ve been taught...'

Eminently practical and profusely illustrated with clear, step-by-step images and text, the Author presents evaluation guidelines, conditions that lend themselves to manual therapy, along with specific and in-depth interventions.

Contents: Introduction. Part one: Setting the scene. Crossing a bridge, Histories, deconstructions and problems. Inconsistencies in the research. Building a model. The patient-centered model. Part two: Practical applications. Where to begin. Communication and dialoguing. Process application roadmap. Laryngeal region. Submental sublingual region. Tongue. Scar and fibrotic regions. The jaw. The neck. Anterior cervical and retrolyaryngeal region. Shoulder and upper chest region. The thorax. The pelvis. Self-stretching. Patient-centered exercise. Index

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About the Author

Walt Fritz is a physical therapist from Upstate New York, USA. Since beginning work as a manual therapy educator in the mid-1990s, he has more recently evolved into teaching a unique interpretation of manual therapy for speech-language pathology, voice, and related communities. This approach advances views of causation and impact from historical tissue-specific models into a multifactorial narrative, leaning heavily on biopsychosocial influences. Using a model of evaluation and intervention that incorporates shared decision-making rather than clinician-as-expert, his principles apply to a broad spectrum of intervention models. Seeing the utility of manual therapy not as a standalone treatment but as an integral part of clinicians' more extensive body of work, Walt makes his approach easily assimilated into those treatment protocols.

Walt teaches internationally to speech-language pathologists, voice professionals, massage therapists, physical therapists, and other clinicians through his Foundations in Manual Therapy Seminars, He maintains a physical therapy practice in Lima, NY.