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Applied Kinesiology, Principles and PracticeApplied Kinesiology, Principles and Practice
by Robert Frost, George Goodheart

This book is for those who want a detailed introduction to applied kinesiology as it is performed by qualified chiropractors, medical doctors, and health professionals. The goal of this book is to present the principles and basic practices in their original form as developed by George Goodheart, but in a manner and a format which may be understood even by the reader with no prior medical training.

The main portion of the book provides the theoretical background necessary to deply understand how muscle testing is performed and how muscle strengthening techniques function. The testing and strengthening of 33 muscles are illustrated and carefully described, including origin-insertion technique, neurolymphatic reflex point massage, neurovascular reflex point holding, and manipulation of the neuromuscular spindle cells and Golgi tendon organs. Advanced AK diagnostic and treatment techniques explained include therapy localization, challenge, nutritional and other substance testing, individual activation of the right and left brain, repeated muscle testing, muscle stretch response, and reactive muscles, which are described in a step-by-step format for easy application in a therapeutic session. A selection of case histories helps the reader move from theory to practice. A glossary contains anatomical and specific term defnitions

Mastery of the practical techniques in this text should give any health professional the ability to help patients dispel health problems, improve posture and coordination, eliminate pains, and increase endurance and recuperative powers.


Beyond the Dura: Craniosacral TherapyBeyond the Dura: Craniosacral Therapy Vol. 2
by John Upledger

In this sequel to his original groundbreaking work, Dr. Upledger describes each of the cranial nerves and how they can be effectively influenced by craniosacral therapy. He further demonstrates how dysfunctions of the craniosacral system can have a dramatic effect on the behavior of the individual. The fascial anatomy of the neck is textually and pictorially represented from the perspective of the craniosacral system, as is the temporomandibular joint and TMJ syndrome.
Concepts and discoveries that have unfolded in Dr. Upledger's clinical practice are presented along with some of the more significant physiological concepts supporting his work. More than 120 illustrations and an extensive glossary and index help make this book a valuable addition to any professional library.


Clinical Applications Neuromuscular TechniquesClinical Applications Neuromuscular Techniques 1
by Leon Chaitow, Judith DeLany

This work is intended to meet the needs of soft tissue practitioners of all disciplines. It integrates European neuromuscular technique and U.S. neuromuscular therapy and in so doing provides a detailed and comprehensive description of neuromuscular technique (NMT), the clinical approach to soft tissue pain and dysfunction.

The first ten chapters cover the scientific and academic background of NMT, it history, and its clinical principles, doing so in a fashion that weaves basic science material with clinically relevant insights, thereby augmenting the readability of the text as a whole. There are an abundance of photographs, 2-color drawings, and diagrams that clarify the textual material.

The final four chapters of the book provide specific clinical applications of NMT, including muscle energy technique, positional release technique, myofascial release technique, hydrotherapy, acupressure, lymphatic drainage, mobilization, and stretching. These chapters also cover many disorders involving pain and dysfunction of the cervical spine, cranium, shoulder, arm, hand, and thorax, including assessment, evaluation, and treatment options that take consideration of multiple etiological factiors and integrative methodologies.

Volume 1 covers the upper body, and volume 2 covers the region from the waist down.


Clinical Applications Neuromuscular Techniques 2Clinical Applications Neuromuscular Techniques 2
by Leon Chaitow, Judith Delaney

This work is intended to meet the needs of soft tissue practitioners of all disciplines. It integrates European neuromuscular technique and U.S. neuromuscular therapy and in so doing provides a detailed and comprehensive description of neuromuscular technique (NMT), the clinical approach to soft tissue pain and dysfunction.

The first ten chapters cover the scientific and academic background of NMT, it history, and its clinical principles, doing so in a fashion that weaves basic science material with clinically relevant insights, thereby augmenting the readability of the text as a whole. There are an abundance of photographs, 2-color drawings, and diagrams that clarify the textual material.

The final four chapters of the book provide specific clinical applications of NMT, including muscle energy technique, positional release technique, myofascial release technique, hydrotherapy, acupressure, lymphatic drainage, mobilization, and stretching. These chapters also cover many disorders involving pain and dysfunction of the cervical spine, cranium, shoulder, arm, hand, and thorax, including assessment, evaluation, and treatment options that take consideration of multiple etiological factiors and integrative methodologies.

Volume 1 covers the upper body, and volume 2 covers the region from the waist down


Introduction to Craniosacral TherapyIntroduction to Craniosacral Therapy
by Don Cohen

The craniosacral system, representing the structural aspect of the central nervous system, has a subtle rhythm which attunes to the mind, body, and emotions.
This book discusses the craniosacral environment, structure, and function, and how stress and memory are stored in the spinal membranes.
It describes development of the specific skills that train the care giver to access and attune to the craniosacral system for healing.


Craniosacral TherapyCraniosacral Therapy
by John Upledger

Upledger has written a detailed and fascinating book that will be of great utility for anyone who uses their hands as diagnostic or therapeutic tools.
The book defines the physiology and the anatomy of the craniosacral system, its function in health and its relationship to disease processes.
Methods to extend the range and depth of palpatory skills are described in a practical manner.


Cranial Manipulation Theory and PracticeCranial Manipulation Theory and Practice
by Leon Chaitow

This book is a fully illustrated clinical introduction to cranial manipulation techniques that presents the underlying concepts and examines the techniques themselves.
An introductory section on relevant anatomy and physiology is followed by a short history of the development of cranial methodology.
Specific techniques are presented and the accompanying illustrations give the reader important details of hand positions and direction of motion


Cranial Manipulation VideoCranial Manipulation Video
by Leon Chaitow

This video is a student practitioner's introduction to cranial manipulation techniques.
It portrays skull anatomy, aims of palpation exercises, cranial landmarks and cranial motion, contraindications, evaluating the motion potential of sutures, releasing tension between sutures, V-spread, 4-VC, enhanced venous sinus drainage, cranial base release, reciprocal tension membranes, muscle energy techniques, positional release techniques, and direct manual approaches and specific cranial techniques.


Integrative Manual Therapy for BiomechanicsIntegrative Manual Therapy for Biomechanics
by Thomas Giammatteo, Sharon Giammateo

This comprehensive text for biomechanics includes assessment, diagnostics, and treatment. It covers the pelvis, sacrum, and spine; the rib cage; and the upper and lower extremities.
Chriopractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, doctors, and bodyworkers will find answers and solutions to problems with the help of extensive photographs of techniques, graphics of joint structure, and diagrams of postural and joint and soft tissue problems.
Following the authors' clear descriptions of normal and abnormal biomechanics, unique explanations regarding low back pathology, and step-by-step indications for observation and diagnostic palpation will help the manual practitioner develop critical thinking skills and clinical proficiencies that will result in successful treatment of chronic pain, orthopedics and sports injuries, and spinal disability.


Integrative Manual TherapyIntegrative Manual Therapy: For the Upper and Lower Extremities
by Sharon Weiselfish-Giammatteo, Thomas Giammatteo

Describes treatment for the peripheral joints to improve mobility, articular balance and vertical dimension of the intra-articular space.
Outlines Muscle Energy, 'Beyond" Technique, Soft Tissue and Articular Myofascial Release, Tendon Release Therapy, and Ligament Fiber Therapy.
Provides a comprehensive therapy program for upper and lower extremity pain and disability. For clinicians.


Manipulation of the Spine, Thorax and PelvisManipulation of the Spine, Thorax and Pelvis
by Peter Gibbons, Philip Tehan

This text is designed to provide a resource to develop knowledge and skills necessary to perform HVLA (high-velocity low-amplitude thrust technique) in clinical practice, as presented from an osteopathic perspective.
Background philosophy and technique of HVLA thrusting, aimed at achieving joint cavitation that is accompanied by a popping or cracking sound, is covered, with specific techniques for the spine, thorax, and pelvis regions, followed by a section on troubleshooting, safety concerns, and concise technique summaries at the end of each section.
The CD-ROM included with the book uses video clips to demonstrate the complete technique sequence for each maneuver outlined in the text. The clear directions and documented step-by-step approach with photographs and video make this a useful text for bodywork practitioners, sports therapists, and students.


Soft-Tissue ManipulationSoft-Tissue Manipulation
by Leon Chaitow

This is a guide for practitioners and students in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue dysfunction and reflex activity.
The techniques described include the Muscle Energy Technique and the Strain- Counterstrain Technique, each of which employs the soft tissue to achieve their effects.
Also described are the neurovascular reflexes and other specific techniques.


Modern Neuromuscular TechniquesModern Neuromuscular Techniques
by Leon Chaitow

These techniques focus on the assessment and treatment of myofascial trigger points using thumb/finger applications.
The book explains the significance of local soft tissue dysfunction in its relation to pain and more general musculoskeletal dysfunction.
It describes the ways in which these techniques can be used in assessment and treatment modes to normalize dysfunction.
Comparisons and connections to shiatsu and ayurvedic massage are described, and European and US versions of NMT are detailed.


Muscle Energy TechniquesMuscle Energy Techniques
by Leon Chaitow

This is the first in a group of three texts dealing with soft tissue techniques. Muscle Energy Techniques comprise manipulative treatments in which a patient actively uses his muscles from a controlled position in a specific direction against a distinct counter force.
These techniques are used to strengthen weak muscles, stretch tight muscles and fascia, mobilize joints and improve local circulation.
Assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and patient self-application are covered fully. These techniques can be used in normalizing whole muscles, soft tissues and trigger points, and in rehabilitation.


Palpation Skills Assessment and Diagnosis Through TouchPalpation Skills Assessment and Diagnosis Through Touch
by Leon Chaitow

Touching skills are at the very core of manual therapies.
Subtlety and sensitivity of touch, and observation and interpretation of palpatory tests are essential to successful practice. In workbook format, this text gives practical information on a variety of forms of palpation, lists exercises to develop skills, and covers tissue and body-system assessment.
This book will help both student and therapist improve and expand their palpatory assessment skills and practice.


Positional Release TechniquesPositional Release Techniques
by Leon Chaitow

The techniques explained in this book comprise a highly useful approach for the normalization of tense and shortened soft tissue structures.
Minimally invasive, easily administered in almost all settings and offering rapid pain control and relief of acute problems, they also allow chronically tense tissues to relax, as part of an integrated therapeutic procedure.


Positional Release TherapyPositional Release Therapy
by Kerry D, Ambrogio, George Roth

This book provides an historical overview of positional release therapy, a form of manual therapy that stems from the work of Lawrence Jones, DO.
PRT reduces musculoskeletal dysfunction and the effects of soft tissue injury by reducing joint hypomobility and improving articular balance.
The authors provide practitioners with a powerful set of tools that will resolve difficult cases of soft tissue injruy and musculoskeletal dysfunction. They provide an historical overview of the technique, give a rational for its use, describe its clinical applications, and present specific procedures and tecniques.


Palpation Skills Assessment and Diagnosis Through TouchPalpation Skills Assessment and Diagnosis Through Touch
by Leon Chaitow

Touching skills are at the very core of manual therapies. Subtlety and sensitivity of touch, and observation and interpretation of palpatory tests are essential to successful practice. In workbook format, this text gives practical information on a variety of forms of palpation, lists exercises to develop skills, and covers tissue and body-system assessment.
This book will help both student and therapist improve and expand their palpatory assessment skills and practice.


Reflex Zone Therapy for Health ProfessionalsReflex Zone Therapy for Health Professionals
by Ann Lett

The author, a student and collaborator of Hanne Marquardt, methodically lays out a discussion of the development, theory, and mechanism of reflex zone therapy, the basics of practice, the actual body zones (feet, hands, back, and face), and RZT use in specific risk groups (pregnant women, children, elderly, and patients with degenerative disorders).
The presentation is conscientious, practical, and well-structured, and is directed to those who are seriously interested in advancing their ability to address patient treatment strategies.
Case study reports, black and white photos, and line drawings enhance the utility of the text.


Manual Thermal DiagnosisManual Thermal Diagnosis
by Jean-Pierre Barral

Since the time of Hippocrates, medical practitioners have noted the clinical significance of temperature changes found over different parts of the body. In Manual Thermal Diagnosis Jean-Pierre Barral brings this form of diagnosis into the new millenium.
As one aspect of the physical examination, manual thermal diagnosis is a method that utilizes sensitivity to temperature changes to identify dysfunction within the body. It is useful across a wide spectrum of health disciplines, and augments other forms of diagnosis.
Manual Thermal Diagnosis begins with a review of the scientific understanding of body heat, and the clinical significance of changes in surface temperature. The reader is then provided with the tools that are needed to transform one's hands into sensitive diagnostic instruments. Each area of the body is surveyed, from the cranium, face and neck to the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and posterior visceral projections.
This is an indispensable book for practitioners who want to discover more of what their hands can tell them.


Endless WebEndless Web
by R Louis Schultz, Rosemary Feitis

The connective tissues -- the myofascial network that surrounds, cushions, and supports muscle, bone, and organ within the human body -- is the underlying determinant of movement quality, mood, alertness, and general well-being. This work is a fully illustrated guide to understanding how the myofascia works, its supportive role within the body’s anatomy, and how gentle manipulation of the myofascial tissue is central to lasting therapeutic intervention.
The authors explore the embryological and post-birth factors that conform the connective tissue body and thereby predispose and influence the shape and characteristic movement of the individual . They describe the body bands and body anatomy and function in light of the myofascial structures. Finally they discuss practical applications -- doing bodywork based on the connective tissue concept.


Manual Treatment for Traumatic InjuriesManual Treatment for Traumatic Injuries by Meng Zhong Xu

People in daily life may sometimes suffer from soft tissue injury or, even worse, dislocation of joints or fractures with muscle and tendon injuries. Such injuries often cause great pain and inconvenience and need prompt treatment, otherwise, they may cause complications resulting in lifelong infirmity.
Fortunately, traditional Chinese maneuver therapy has proved especially effective in curing bodily injuries. Doctor Xu Mengzhong, as an orthopedist and sports medicine authority, has written this monograph based on his knowledge of human anatomy and over 30 years of clinical practice.
In this book Doctor Xu provides a systematic introduction to the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and unique Chinese traditional therapy for various traumatic injuries. His book is concise and practical, and the illustrations included for the manipulative procedure and the acupoints make it easy to use.


Orthopedic MassageOrthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique
by Leon Chaitow (Foreword), Whitney Lowe

Lowe has been a massage practitioner for 15-plus years, and is owner and director of the Orthopedic Massage Education and Research Institute (Bend, Oregon). Written primarily for massage practitioners, the text is also applicable to practitioners in other fields concerned with the treatment of soft tissue injuries (e.g. osteopathy, physiotherapy, chiropractic).
Following a foundational introduction to the general principles of orthopedic massage, the text presents applications of the methods discussed to specific regions of the body.
A definitive reference on the use of massage therapy to treat pain and injury conditions. This unique reference provides a wealth of information on the use of massage therapy to treat pain and injury conditions.


The Balanced BodyThe Balanced Body: A Guide to Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapy
by Donald W. Scheumann

Covering deep tissue and neuromuscular therapy as well as several other massage modalities, including trigger point release work.
This text for students and professionals features b&w photos and two-color illustrations demonstrating techniques and showing musculature.
Boxes on indications and contraindications, sections on essential anatomy, cautionary notes, and guidelines for improving treatment quality.


Chinese Tui Na MassageChinese Tui Na Massage : The Essential Guide to Treating Injuries, Improving Health & Balancing Qi
by Xu Xiangcai

Provides both theory and practical technique and is ideal for professional therapists, martial artists or anyone with an active lifestyle. Massage is one of the essential foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Tui Na, literally "Push Grab," has been practiced by Chinese martial artists, Qigong practitioners and healers for thousands of years. Specializing in injury repair and curing illness, Tui Na massage can also maintain your health by adjusting your Qi in order to flow smoothly. It will increase your Qi and blood circulation in particular areas or throughout your entire body, removing blockages and stagnations caused by injuries, exercise and/or aging. Tui Na massage is also a wonderful way to relieve stress and recover from a hard day on the job or a tough workout.