Wow is this US debate still going?
I think the APTA article re US you are referring to is not a study but a
review of the US literature. It raises many valid points that have been
clouded by the profession's dependency upon a placeo machine that might
encourage patients to fork over $35, due to many patients not seeing $35
value in heat, mobes, and massage.
Of course, this state of affairs highlights the foggy role of private
physiotherapy practice in western societies. As I have commented before, as
a scientifically rooted profession, physiotherapy must be careful not to
adopt treatments whose value is highly likely placebo only; otherwise we
may as well get into crystal therapy and aura reading....which also have
great placebo effects and keep natural therapists in work.
PS there is amazingly very little snow here this year.