Muscle Energy Techniques

A Practical Guide for Physical Therapists
Author: John Gibbons
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781583945575
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 191
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"This concise guide explains the theory behind muscle energy techniques (METs), demonstrates functional assessment testing for chronically tight and dysfunctional muscles, and shows how to apply specific METs to restore normality"--Provided by publisher.

Soft Tissue Release


Author: Jane Johnson
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 073607712X
Category: Medical
Page: 163
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Soft Tissue Release is a clear, concise, and practical book that guides you in understanding and applying the three types of soft tissue release (STR): passive (clients do not help), active assisted (clients and therapists work together), and active (clients do it on their own). Rather than focus on the specific purposes of soft tissue release, this text provides basic information about the therapy and prepares readers to perform the techniques. The result is a text that professionals and students in massage therapy, physiotherapy, and osteopathy will find invaluable. Soft Tissue Releasethoroughly explains the differences between the three types of STR by providing step-by-step descriptions on performing each type along with the key holds, moves, and stances for various muscles. The descriptions are accompanied by handy reference charts indicating the types of clients and situations in which each technique is particularly useful. Complete instructions explain how to apply STR to various parts of the body—the trunk, the lower limbs, and the upper limbs—and detail the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. Numerous full-color photos depict the locks and stretches. The book also explains how to use alternative options—such as massage tools and forearms, fists, and elbows—to protect the hands and thumbs from overuse. Tips sidebars provide short, practical comments on applying the techniques, while Client Talk boxes share the author's experiences and provide insight on situations that a therapist is likely to encounter. Each chapter ends with Quick Questions to test knowledge of the information, and answers are provided at the end of the book. A quick-reference photo index allows readers to look up techniques based on the client's position—prone, supine, sitting, or side lying—and find the page number for the complete instructions for that technique. Finally, Soft Tissue Release shows how to incorporate the proper techniques into a treatment program. The book guides readers through the consultation process and provides examples of initial questions to ask clients and various assessment forms that therapists can use in identifying clients' needs. Using case studies and comparisons, the book shows how the data gleaned from clients can guide the design of an effective treatment program. Soft Tissue Releasewill help the STR techniques come alive through its clear, detailed instruction and the numerous photos showing the techniques being applied by professionals. Whether you are a student or a professional, Soft Tissue Release will help you gain proficiency and confidence in these techniques.

Soft Tissue Release

A Practical Handbook for Physical Therapists
Author: Mary Sanderson
Publisher: Lotus Pub
ISBN: 9781905367375
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 168
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First written in 1998 as teh first book on soft tissue release. It has since gone on to sell many 1000s of copies, and has been isntrumental in making soft tissue release a vital tool int he therapist's range of techniques that can be offered to clients. The book has been updated and is published in colour for the first time, including new photography and drawings to illustrate the theory and techniques involved.

The Soft Tissue Release Handbook

Reducing Pain and Improving Performance
Author: Mary Sanderson,Jim Odell
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583946705
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 192
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For practitioners of massage therapy, sports massage, remedial massage, and physical therapy, soft tissue release is a powerful tool in treating chronic pain conditions such as shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, and iliotibial band friction syndrome. Soft tissue release also aids post-surgical recovery and is used in the treatment of highly trained athletes, dancers, and musicians who wish to tackle those small but key tissue areas needed to maintain and improve their performance. The soft tissues consist of muscle fibers, myofascia, tendons, and ligaments. The all-encompassing nature of this connective tissue is becoming increasingly fascinating to bodywork practitioners of all kinds, including massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, orthopedic nurses and doctors, and sports therapists. Treatment of the soft tissues continues to gain momentum, and there are many exciting research developments that demonstrate how manipulation of these tissues can have profound effects on the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. Skilled release of the soft tissues reduces the need for adjustments or joint mobilizations, because appropriate release improves joint movement. Freeing the joints and enhancing the health of the soft tissues also facilitates a superior and lasting response to rehabilitation programs. The Soft Tissue Release Handbook is aimed at practicing therapists who wish to address the soft tissues precisely and effectively, whether as an adjunct to existing bodywork techniques or as a treatment modality in itself. The skills presented in this book can be immediately applied in the clinic with existing and new clients. Graphic illustrations of the key muscles involved in movement, as well as over 200 full-color photographs of the technique in action, make this an easy-to-use and practical guide.

The Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy - eBook

Textbook of Techniques
Author: Wayne Hing,Toby Hall,Darren A Rivett,Bill Vicenzino,Brian Mulligan
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0729581594
Category: Medical
Page: 500
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Perfect for: • Manual therapists, including: o Physiotherapists o Osteopaths o Chiropractors • Undergraduate and post graduate students in: o Physiotherapy o Sports and Exercise Science o Osteopathy o Chiropractic An essential reference for the manual therapist seeking to improve patient’s movement using pain-free hands-on techniques. Designed as a companion to Mulligan Concept training courses, the text is divided by: • Body regions with techniques highlighting key information to assist with clinical reasoning and assessment • Patient and practitioner positioning, guidelines for application and further adjustments. • Covers a range of Mulligan techniques including Mobilisation With Movement and Pain Release Phenomenon • Dictionary of annotations for techniques described • Step-by-step instructions to over 160 Mulligan techniques • Highly illustrated • Over 40 expert contributors from 15 countries • Home exercises and taping techniques also included.

The Concise Book of Trigger Points


Author: Simeon Niel-Asher
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1556437455
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 224
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"A manual for understanding and treating chronic pain associated with trigger points, the tender, painful nodules that form in muscles and connective tissues"--Provided by publisher.

Sports Massage

Candidate Workbook
Author: Pamela Mills,Shanon Parker-Bennett
Publisher: Heinemann
ISBN: 9780435456528
Category: Sports massage
Page: 199
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This highly illustrated Candidate Handbook contains everything students need to know for the VTCT Certificate in Sports Massage or the Sports Massage option unit for the BTEC National Sport award.

Advanced Remedial Massage


Author: Mel Cash
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409005607
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 272
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Remedial massage therapy uses manual therapy techniques to treat and 'remedy' a problem; but to offer a real remedy you must do more than just relieve pain; you must also understand how the problem came about and how it can be avoided in future. Advanced Remedial Massage places the emphasis on remedial therapy as well as massage, and will appeal to students of physiotherapy, oestotherapy and many other manual therapies. The book takes the reader through the practice of remedial massage, the effects and benefits that arise from it, a guide to the human muscular system, basic massage techniques and more detailed treatment practices. Illustrated with more than 200 full-colour photographs and over 50 diagrams, the techniques are easy to follow and understand. This informative guide is a must-have both for students of remedial massage and for professional therapists.

The Vital Glutes

Connecting the Gait Cycle to Pain and Dysfunction
Author: John Gibbons
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583948481
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 208
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In The Vital Glutes, author and respected bodywork specialist John Gibbons looks at one of the most neglected areas of the body: the gluteal muscles. He takes readers on a fascinating journey of enlightenment, teaching us to recognize pain and dysfunctional patterns that arise from the gluteal muscles. Gibbons addresses such questions as: Why do the gluteals potentially cause pain and dysfunction in distant sites of the body? How does the gait pattern contribute to pain and dysfunction? And, how can the application of gluteal-specific Muscle Energy Techniques aid full-body well-being? In addition, he provides step-by-step techniques to identify and correct a number of impaired patterns as well as functional gluteal exercises that promote recovery. With full color photographs and illustrations, the book demonstrates how to perform functional assessment testing for the muscles of posture that can become chronically tight—a principal causative factor in dysfunctional glutes. Therapeutic techniques, including gluteal exercises, show how to correct dysfunction and reduce pain. This book will be of great value to physical therapists, athletes, and anyone interested in bodywork. Table of Contents 1. Putting the Maximus Back into Gluteus Maximus 2. Muscle Imbalance and the Myofascial Slings 3. The Glutes and the Gait Cycle 4. Leg length discrepancy (LLD), Over-Pronation and its effect on the Glutes 5. Functional Anatomy of the Gluteus Maximus (Gmax) 6. Functional Anatomy of the Gluteus Medius (Gmed) 7. Muscle Energy Techniques 8. The Antagonistic Cause - the Vital Psoas, Rectus Femoris and Adductors 9. Gmax and Gmed Causing Knee and Ankle Pain 10. Gmax and Gmed Causing Lumbar Spine Pain 11. Differential Diagnosis of Weakness Inhibition of the Glutes 12. Gmax and Gmed Control Exercises

Muscle Energy Techniques


Author: Leon Chaitow,Ken Crenshaw
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0443101140
Category: Medical
Page: 346
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"DVD-ROM which includes the full text plus video clips of the author demonstrating many of the techniques.

Pilates for Rehabilitation


Author: Wood, Samantha
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 1492556491
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 296
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Pilates for Rehabilitation explains how to incorporate Pilates exercises into rehabilitation programs to heal injuries, improve core strength, promote efficient movement, and help manage pain.

Combined Movement Theory E-Book

Rational Mobilization and Manipulation of the Vertebral Column
Author: Christopher McCarthy
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0702050660
Category: Medical
Page: 226
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This new title expands on the widely used concept of combined movements and incorporates both grade IV- manipulative thrust techniques and muscle energy / proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques. It is the first to include chapters on cervical artery dysfunction (VBI) and upper cervical instability with clinical chapters on the regional management of spinal dysfunction. The first section discusses the underlying theoretical concepts underpinning combined movements theory and manipulation, with the second section offering a comprehensive manual of tests and treatments for each region of the spine. Revision multiple choice tests are at the ends of the theoretical chapters. A chapter on home exercise is included along with a website of video clips and clinical reasoning form http://booksite.elsevier.com/9780443068577 . The book will provide readers with a comprehensive resource to start using combined movements theory immediately and is a real substitute to attending a course on the method. The book is an update, expansion and development of the Manual of Combined Movements published by Brian Edwards. Website with over 60 video clips of tests and techniques http://booksite.elsevier.com/9780443068577 Chapter on premanipulative – premobilisation screening and Cervical Artery Dysfunction Chapter on Upper Cervical Instability and assessment Update on the biomechanics of each region of the spine Multiple choice tests Integration of mobilisation, manipulation and muscle energy techniques

Born to Walk

Myofascial Efficiency and the Body in Movement
Author: James Earls
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583947698
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 216
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The ability to walk upright on two legs is one of the major traits that define us as humans; yet, scientists still aren't sure why we evolved to walk as we do. In Born to Walk, author James Earls explores the mystery of our evolution by describing in depth the mechanisms that allow us to be efficient in bipedal gait. Viewing the whole body as an interconnected unit, Earls explains how we can regain a flowing efficiency within our gait--an efficiency which, he argues, is part of our natural design. This book is designed for movement therapy practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, and any bodyworker wishing to help clients by incorporating an understanding of gait and its mechanics. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in evolution and movement. Drawing on recent research from paleoanthropology, sports science, and anatomy, Earls proposes a complete model of how the whole body cooperates in this three dimensional action. His work is based on Thomas Myers's Anatomy Trains model of human anatomy, a holistic view of the human body that emphasizes fascial and myofascial connections. Earls distills the complex action of walking into a simple sequence of "essential events" or actions that are necessary to engage the myofascia and utilize its full potential in the form of elastic energy. He explains the "stretch-shortening cycle"--the mechanism that is the basis for many normal human activities--and discusses how humans take advantage of isometric contractions, viscoelastic response, and elastic recoil to minimize calorie usage. This streamlined efficiency is what enabled our first ancestors to begin to migrate not only seasonally but also permanently to new lands, thereby expanding the natural resources available to us as a species.

The Concise Book of Trigger Points, Third Edition


Author: Simeon Niel-Asher
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 158394849X
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 240
View: 358
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This compact guide explains how to treat chronic pain through trigger point-- tender, painful nodules that form in muscle fibers and connective tissues. The trigger points relating to the main skeletal muscles are central to massage, bodywork, and physical therapy. The first six chapters provide a sound background to the physiology of trigger points, and the general methods of treatment. The rest is organized by muscle group, with the information about each muscle presented in a uniform accessible style.

Myofascial Release


Author: Duncan, Ruth
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 1450444571
Category: Medical
Page: 232
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Myofascial Release provides comprehensive training for hands-on therapists of all disciplines and at all levels to expand their practice. From technique descriptions and their applications to client interactions and the preservation of practitioner strength and functionality, this guide teaches therapists every crucial aspect of employing myofascial release to its fullest benefit.

Musculoskeletal Essentials

Applying the Preferred Physical Therapist Practice Patterns
Author: Marilyn Moffat,Elaine Rosen,Sandra Rusnak-Smith
Publisher: SLACK Incorporated
ISBN: 9781556426674
Category: Medical
Page: 419
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Musculoskeletal Essentials: Applying the Preferred Physical Therapist Practice PatternsSM answers the call to what today’s physical therapy students and clinicians are looking for when integrating the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice as it relates to the musculoskeletal system in clinical care. As a part of Essentials in Physical Therapy led by Series Editor Dr. Marilyn Moffat, Musculoskeletal Essentials: Applying the Preferred Physical Therapist Practice PatternsSM is edited by Dr. Elaine Rosen and Dr. Sandra Rusnak-Smith in a user-friendly format that not only brings together the conceptual frameworks of the Guide language, but also parallels the patterns of the Guide. In each case, where appropriate, a brief review of the pertinent anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, imaging, and pharmacology is provided. Each pattern then details two to five diversified case studies coinciding with the Guide format. The physical therapist examination, including history, systems review, and specific tests and measures for each case, as well as evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, and evidence-based interventions are also addressed. Sample Cases in Some of the Practice Patterns Include: -Primary Prevention/Risk Reduction for Skeletal Demineralization: A post-menopausal female, previous smoker and non exerciser; a patient with osteopenia due to prolonged glucocorticoid steroid use; a marathon runner with osteopenia of the femoral necks -Impaired Posture: A patient with impaired posture and radicular symptoms; a patient with excessive foot pronation causing pain up the chain, a patient with Scheuermann’s Disease -Impaired Joint Mobility, Motor Function, Muscle Performance, and Range of Motion Associated with Connective Tissue Dysfunction: A patient with complex regional pain syndrome of the foot/ankle; a patient with temporomandibular joint dysfunction; a patient with fibromyalgia syndrome -Impaired Joint Mobility, Motor Function, Muscle Performance, and Range of Motion Associated with Joint Arthroplasty: A patient with a hybrid total hip arthroplasty; a patient with bilateral total knee arthroplasties; a patient with a total shoulder arthroplasty; a patient with rheumatoid arthritis post MCP joint implant arthroplasties and arthrodesis of the PIP joints; a patient post ligament reconstruction tendon interpositional arthroplasty -Impaired Joint Mobility, Motor Function, Muscle Performance, and Range of Motion Associated with Bony or Soft Tissue Surgery: A patient with dementia and a femur fracture; a patient 6 weeks post tibia and fibula fracture; a patient with a rotator cuff repair; a patient one week post ACL reconstruction At long last, Dr. Marilyn Moffat, Dr. Elaine Rosen, and Dr. Sandra Rusnak-Smith have created a book that will integrate the parameters of the Guide as it relates to the musculoskeletal system, into the practice arena, that not only covers the material but also allows for a problem-solving approach to learning for educators and students.

The Vital Psoas Muscle

Connecting Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being
Author: Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583944583
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 128
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"Full-color alternative approach to understanding and balancing the most important skeletal muscle in the body, aimed at the layperson as well as the professional body practitioner concerned with core strengthening and psoas-related back, hip, knee, and pelvic tension issues"--Provided by publisher.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Piriformis Syndrome

The Complete Guide for Physical Therapists
Author: Paula Clayton
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1623170850
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 192
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This complete guide to treating patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction, or piriformis syndrome, combines multiple techniques--rather than the usual single approach--to get quicker and more resilient results. Focusing on the practical application of skills acquired in twenty years of treating elite athletes, Paula Clayton provides a comprehensive guide to the latest discussions of the therapeutic handling of fascial tissue, dry needling, instrument-assisted soft-tissue manipulation, and dynamic taping. Presenting material formerly unavailable in one volume, this book provides evidence-based information on fundamental principles that enable practitioners to map approaches to dysfunction and injury before attempting hands-on treatments. Superbly designed for ease of use and supported with full-color illustrations that clarify and complement the text, this book puts decades of experience and research at readers' fingertips, expanding their ability to both improve their practice and educate their patients.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management E-book


Author: Carolyn McMakin
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0702049255
Category: Medical
Page: 264
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This comprehensive text describes the origins, mechanisms, beneficial applications and practical details of frequency specific therapy - a treatment technique that uses frequencies, micro amperage current and the principles of biological resonance to treat pain and a wide range of medical conditions. It includes condition specific frequency protocols for the treatment of various pain complaints, and multi-center clinical case reports documenting successful application of the technique. Each section includes a review of condition pathophysiology and differential diagnosis, plus current research. A DVD feature a lecture from the author, Powerpoint teaching slides, practical demonstrations of techniques, fully searchable text and downloadable images from the book!

Functional Anatomy of the Pelvis and the Sacroiliac Joint

A Practical Guide
Author: John Gibbons
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1623171024
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 288
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This step-by-step guide for assessing the pelvis and sacroiliac joint by respected bodywork specialist John Gibbons explores all aspects of this crucial area of the body and how it links within the kinetic chain system. Gibbons--a registered sports osteopath who specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries--provides detailed information about how to recognize pain and dysfunctional patterns that arise from the pelvic girdle along with techniques to identify and correct a number of impaired patterns as well as functional exercises that promote recovery. Fully illustrated with 350 color photos, this book will give practitioners, students, and anyone who wants to understand pelvic pain and what they can do about it a wealth of practical information. Gibbons addresses key issues such as the walking/gait cycle and its relationship to the pelvis; leg length discrepancy and its relationship to the kinetic chain and the pelvis; the laws of spinal mechanics, the relationship of the hip joint, gluteal muscles, and lumbar spine to the pelvis; and sacroiliac joint screening. He discusses role of the Glutes, Psoas, Rectus femoris and other muscles and what happens to the position of the pelvis if these soft tissues become shortened. Detailed exercises and techniques are carefully illustrated with photographs that explain each movement, and an appendix for quick reference adds to the usefulness of the text.