The Placebo Effect and Manual Therapy with Dr. Barbara Shay

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Approved for 1 Primary Credit

Course is limited to 100 participants

MTAM Members:
$50.00 +GST

$65.00 +GST

Fee includes: course handouts



Do you want to make your clients 30% better before you even lay hands on them? Virtually every intervention has a placebo effect or an effect that is due to context and not necessarily due to the actual therapy. This session will present the non-specific effects for manual therapy and show how we can harness these effects.


·     Participants will gain an appreciation of the specific and non-specific effects of any intervention
·      Participants will understand what they can do to harness the placebo for good effects
·      Participants will be exposed to the biological pathways and theories involving placebo in the context of manual therapy

This is a lecture-based session with time for Q & A at the end.


Dr. Barbara Shay has been a practising physiotherapist for over 25 years. She continued her academic education and completed her MSc in Rehabilitation in 1993; “Assessment of Upper Limb Strength and Exercise Performance in Quadriplegics” and her PhD in Neurophysiology in 2003; “Serotonin 5-HT2 Receptors and Mechanisms of Long-Term Modulation of Spinal Reflex Strength”.

She has taken numerous post-graduate education courses including acupuncture, manual therapy, mobilization of the nervous system and exercise. Dr. Shay has been involved in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba, in one capacity or another since 1991. She became the Head of the Department in 2013.

She has been an invited speaker at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association for the International Society for Electrophysical Agents and taught several refresher courses in EPAs. Since 2004, Dr. Shay has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over $1.6M in funded research projects. Her current research interests revolve around pain assessment and treatment.

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