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DSM staff profile

Cathy Chapple

Dr Steve Tumilty

PositionSenior Lecturer and Registered Physiotherapy Specialist (Musculoskeletal)
QualificationsPhD MPhty GradDipPhys PGDipPhty(OMT) TertTeachCert
Research summaryMusculoskeletal physiotherapy interventions measuring clinical outcomes and mechanistic outcomes
Teaching
  • Postgraduate Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy and postgraduate clinical papers
  • Supervision of PhD and masters’ research students
Memberships
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association
  • Education committee of NZMPA
  • Editorial board of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery

Research

My research is focused on answering questions generated from clinical practice. Intervention studies combining clinical outcomes and physiological outcomes, combined with systematic reviews to explore the following topics;

  • Musculoskeletal / sports injury
  • Tendinopathy (especially Achilles)
  • Orthopaedic manipulative therapy; modulation of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary Axis using manual interventions
  • The influence of the sympathetic nervous system on musculoskeletal pain and healing
  • Manual therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Measuring physiotherapy clinical outcomes

Recruiting future PhD students interested in investigating these topics.

Publications

Kovanur-Sampath, K., Mani, R., Cotter, J., Gisselman, A. S., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Changes in biochemical markers following spinal manipulation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 29, 120-131. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.04.004

Sampath, K. K., Botnmark, E., Mani, R., Cotter, J. D., Katare, R., Munasinghe, P. E., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Neuro-endocrine response following a thoracic spinal manipulation in healthy men. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.7348

Tumilty, S., Adhia, D. B., Rhodes, R., & Mani, R. (2017). Physiotherapists’ treatment techniques in New Zealand for management of acute nonspecific low back pain and its relationships with treatment outcomes: A pilot study. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2017.1282073

Kennedy, E., Quinn, D., Tumilty, S., & Chapple, C. (2017). Clinical characteristics and outcomes of treatment of the cervical spine in patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms: A retrospective analysis. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.03.002

Bell, R., Smith, C., Hale, L., Kira, G., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Understanding obesity in the context of an Indigenous population: A qualitative study. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2017.04.006

Journal - Research Article

Kovanur-Sampath, K., Mani, R., Cotter, J., Gisselman, A. S., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Changes in biochemical markers following spinal manipulation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 29, 120-131. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.04.004

Bell, R., Smith, C., Hale, L., Kira, G., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Understanding obesity in the context of an Indigenous population: A qualitative study. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2017.04.006

Kennedy, E., Quinn, D., Tumilty, S., & Chapple, C. (2017). Clinical characteristics and outcomes of treatment of the cervical spine in patients with persistent post-concussion symptoms: A retrospective analysis. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.03.002

Tumilty, S., Adhia, D. B., Rhodes, R., & Mani, R. (2017). Physiotherapists’ treatment techniques in New Zealand for management of acute nonspecific low back pain and its relationships with treatment outcomes: A pilot study. Physical Therapy Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2017.1282073

Sampath, K. K., Botnmark, E., Mani, R., Cotter, J. D., Katare, R., Munasinghe, P. E., & Tumilty, S. (2017). Neuro-endocrine response following a thoracic spinal manipulation in healthy men. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.7348

Adhia, D. B., Mani, R., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Does repeated palpation-digitization of pelvic landmarks for measurement of innominate motion introduce a systematic variation? A psychometric investigation. Manual Therapy, 21, 282-286. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.09.009

Tumilty, S., Mani, R., & Baxter, G. D. (2016). Photobiomodulation and eccentric exercise for Achilles tendinopathy: A randomized controlled trial. Lasers in Medical Science, 31(1), 127-135. doi: 10.1007/s10103-015-1840-4

Gisselman, A. S., Baxter, G. D., Wright, A., Hegedus, E., & Tumilty, S. (2016). Musculoskeletal overuse injuries and heart rate variability: Is there a link? Medical Hypotheses, 87, 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2015.12.003

Kovanur Sampath, K., Mani, R., Miyamori, T., & Tumilty, S. (2016). The effects of manual therapy or exercise therapy or both in people with hip osteoarthritis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(2), 1141-1155. doi: 10.1177/0269215515622670

Botnmark, I., Tumilty, S., & Mani, R. (2016). Tactile acuity, body schema integrity and physical performance of the shoulder: A cross-sectional study. Manual Therapy, 23, 9-16. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2016.02.001

Bell, R., Tumilty, S., Kira, G., Smith, C., & Hale, L. (2016). Using a community based participatory research model within an indigenous framework to establish an exploratory platform of investigation into obesity. Obesity Medicine, 2, 19-24. doi: 10.1016/j.obmed.2016.03.001

Campbell, K., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., Cameron, C., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). How does dog-walking influence perceptions of health and wellbeing in healthy adults? A qualitative dog-walk-along study. Anthrozoös, 29(2), 181-192. doi: 10.1080/08927936.2015.1082770

Adhia, D. B., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Innominate movement patterns, rotation trends and range of motion in individuals with low back pain of sacroiliac joint origin. Manual Therapy, 21, 100-108. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.06.004

Adhia, D. B., Tumilty, S., Mani, R., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Can hip abduction and external rotation discriminate sacroiliac joint pain? Manual Therapy, 21, 191-197. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.08.002

Villarreal Santiago, M., Tumilty, S., Mącznik, A., & Mani, R. (2016). Does acupuncture alter pain-related functional connectivity of the central nervous system? A systematic review. Journal of Acupuncture & Meridian Studies, 9(4), 167-177. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2015.11.038

Adhia, D. B., Tumilty, S., Mani, R., Milosavljevic, S., & Bussey, M. D. (2016). Innominate segment deformation during passive hip abduction and external rotation. Manual Therapy, 26, 235-237. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2016.06.004

Aoyagi, M., & Tumilty, S. (2015). Physiotherapy in New Zealand: Current status and future prospects. Japanese Journal of Physical Therapy, 49(4), 313-320.

Law, D., McDonough, S., Bleakley, C., Baxter, G. D., & Tumilty, S. (2015). Laser acupuncture for treating musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Journal of Acupuncture & Meridian Studies, 8(1), 2-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2014.06.015

Aoyagi, M., Mani, R., Jayamoorthy, J., & Tumilty, S. (2015). Determining the level of evidence for the effectiveness of spinal manipulation in upper limb pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Manual Therapy, 20(4), 515-523. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2014.11.004

Krammer, A., Horton, S., & Tumilty, S. (2015). Pulsed electromagnetic energy as an adjunct to physiotherapy for the treatment of acute low back pain: A randomised controlled trial. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 43(1), 16-22. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/43.1.03

Mansi, S., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., Hendrick, P., Higgs, C., & Baxter, G. D. (2015). Investigating the effect of a 3-month workplace-based pedometer-driven walking programme on health-related quality of life in meat processing workers: A feasibility study within a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 15, 410. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1736-z

Kovanur Sampath, K., Mani, R., Cotter, J. D., & Tumilty, S. (2015). Measureable changes in the neuro-endocrinal mechanism following spinal manipulation. Medical Hypotheses, 85(6), 819-824. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2015.10.003

Mansi, S., Milosavljevic, S., Baxter, G. D., Tumilty, S., & Hendrick, P. (2014). A systematic review of studies using pedometers as an intervention for musculoskeletal diseases. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 15, 231. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-15-231

Cameron, C., Smith, C. M., Tumilty, S., & Treharne, G. J. (2014). The feasibility and acceptability of using mobile methods for capturing and analysing data about dog-walking and human health [ML Roberts Prize Winner]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 42(2), 163-169.

Kingston, L. C., Claydon, L., & Tumilty, S. (2014). The effects of spinal mobilizations on the sympathetic nervous system: A systematic review. Manual Therapy, 19(4), 281-287. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2014.04.004

Bell, R., Carman, A., & Tumilty, S. (2013). Sports injury profile of competitive Waka Ama (outrigger canoe) paddlers in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 41(1), 30-35.

Tumilty, S., McDonough, S., Hurley, D. A., & Baxter, G. D. (2012). Clinical effectiveness of low-level laser therapy as an adjunct to eccentric exercise for the treatment of Achilles' tendinopathy: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 93(5), 733-739. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2011.08.049

Adhia, D. B., Bussey, M. D., Ribeiro, D. C., Tumilty, S., & Milosavljevic, S. (2012). Validity and reliability of palpation-digitization for non-invasive kinematic measurement: A systematic review. Manual Therapy, 18(1), 26-34. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2012.06.004

Nicholas, P., Hefford, C., & Tumilty, S. (2012). The use of the Patient-Specific Functional Scale to measure rehabilitative progress in a physiotherapy setting. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 20(3), 147-152. doi: 10.1179/2042618612y.0000000006

Lobb, R., Tumilty, S., & Claydon, L. S. (2012). A review of systematic reviews on anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction rehabilitation. Physical Therapy in Sport, 13(4), 270-278. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2012.05.001

Tumilty, S., Munn, J., McDonough, S., Hurley, D. A., Basford, J. R., & Baxter, G. D. (2010). Low level laser treatment of tendinopathy: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Photomedicine & Laser Surgery, 28(1), 3-16. doi: 10.1089/pho.2008.2470

Tumilty, S., Munn, J., McDonough, S., Hurley, D. A., Basford, J. R., & Baxter, G. D. (2010). The dose that works: Low level laser treatment of tendinopathy. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1226(1), 170-178. doi: 10.1063/1.3453777

Tumilty, S., Munn, J., Abbott, J. H., McDonough, S., Hurley, D. A., Basford, J. R., & Baxter, G. D. (2010). Laser therapy in the treatment of achilles tendinopathy: A randomised controlled trial. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1226(1), 163-169. doi: 10.1063/1.3453776

Meyer, A., Tumilty, S., & Baxter, G. D. (2009). Eccentric exercise protocols for chronic non-insertional Achilles tendinopathy: How much is enough? Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 19(5), 609-615. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2009.00981.x

Tumilty, S., Munn, J., Abbott, J. H., McDonough, S., Hurley, D. A., & Baxter, G. D. (2008). Laser therapy in the treatment of achilles tendinopathy: A pilot study. Photomedicine & Laser Surgery, 26(1), 25-30. doi: 10.1089/pho.2007.2126

Tumilty, S. (2007). Achilles tendon rupture: Rising incidence in New Zealand follows international trends. Physical Therapy Reviews, 12, 59-65.

Hale, L. A., Schou, E., Piggot, J., Littmann, A., & Tumilty, S. (2003). The effect of a combined exercise programme for people with Multiple Sclerosis: a case series. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 31(3), 130-138.

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Journal - Research Other

Baxter, G. D., & Tumilty, S. (2015). Treating chronic knee pain with acupuncture. JAMA, 313(6), 626-627. doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.18511

Aoyagi, M., Mani, R., Jayamoorthy, J., & Tumilty, S. (2015). Response to the letter to the editor re: "Determining the level of evidence for the effectiveness of spinal manipulation in the upper limb: A systematic review meta-analysis". Manual Therapy, 20(6), e17. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.04.002

Tumilty, E., Walker, S., & Tumilty, S. (2014). Tainting by numbers: How the disadvantaged become invisible within evidence-based medicine. Physical Therapy Reviews, 19(5), 367-377. doi: 10.1179/1743288X14Y.0000000152

Mansi, S., Milosavljevic, S., Tumilty, S., Hendrick, P., & Baxter, G. D. (2013). Use of pedometer-driven walking to promote physical activity and improve health-related quality of life among meat processing workers: A feasibility trial. Health & Quality of Life Outcomes, 11, 185. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-11-185

Tumilty, S. (2012). [Commentary on the article Electromagnetic therapy: Fact or fiction]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 40(3), 112. [Commentary].

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