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Fascial dysfunction is now recognised as one of the main underlying causes of musculoskeletal pain leading to impaired and reduced mobility. These are the symptoms which confront all practitioners of manual therapy in their everyday practice. In this second edition of his very successful book, Leon Chaitow brings together contributions from 20 leading practitioners and researchers from many different fields of manual therapy. Fascial Dysfunction - Manual Therapy Approaches, Second Edition aims to help those practitioners to assess more precisely the dysfunction of their clients and its cause and to increase practitioner awareness of the various techniques which may help them in their attempts to alleviate their clients' problems. New features of the Second edition include: Descriptions of new research evidence and its implications for practice: The dependence of collagen health on a mixture of balanced internal and external tension The importance of adequate hydration The possible role of the telocyte The importance of `dosage' of therapies in management of fascial dysfunction New chapters on: Gua Sha and cupping Global postural re-education Scar remodelling The book is in two sections. Section I, written by Chaitow with a contribution by Tom Myers, presents a review of the current understanding of the function of fascia in the human body and describes what can go wrong - the causes and effects of fascial dysfunction and disease, and how to assess the problem and remove obstacles to the success of treatment. Section II contains chapters by experts in different types of manual therapy including three by Chaitow. Each practitioner describes their own approach to the problem of assessing and treating fascial dysfunction and explains their specialist therapeutic approach. These approaches include: * Bowen Therapy * Connective Tissue Manipulation and Skin Rolling * Fascia oriented training applications in sports and movement therapy * The Fascial Manipulation (R) method applied to low back pain * Fascial Unwinding * Balanced Ligamentous Tension Technique * Gua sha (press-stroking) and Ba guan (cupping): traditional East Asian instrument- assisted manual therapies * Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) * Myofascial Induction Therapy (MIT (R)) * Neuromuscular Technique and associated Soft Tissue Manipulation Modalities * Positional Release Techniques - (including counterstrain) * Global Postural Re-education: Souchard Method * Rolfing (R) Structural Integration * Management of Scars and Adhesions * Manual Matrix Remodeling in myofascial injuries: scar modeling technique * Massage Therapy and Fascia * Trigger Point release methods including dry needling
Disordered breathing patterns may be a symptom or a cause of frequently undiagnosed health problems. A significant proportion of the population worldwide suffers from breathing pattern disorders, particularly in the more developed countries. Accordingly, a wide range of practitioners encounter these problems, often without having received any prior training in their causation or management. This book is intended to help practitioners understand the causes and effects of disordered breathing and to provide strategies and protocols to help restore normal function. Fully updated throughout, this volume has been completely revised to guide the practitioner in the recognition of breathing pattern disorders and presents the latest research findings relating to the condition including a range of completely new techniques - many from an international multidisciplinary perspective - to help restore and maintain normal functionality. The volume also provides an overview of the underlying anatomy, physiology and basic biochemistry associated with breathing. Chapters then examine the psychological and emotional variables associated with disordered breathing together with assessment protocols taken from a variety of perspectives - including Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization methods, osteopathic, physiotherapeutic, and psychological methods. Comprehensively covering a range of interventions suitable for use in a variety of settings - including the use of techniques in patients with longstanding pain disorders - the book concludes with chapters on speech and singing, breathing disorders in the athlete, and looks at the importance of breathing techniques in relation to Feldenkrais (R), Pilates, Tai chi Qigong and yoga. "This is not a perfect all-encompassing textbook.That was not its purpose. As a catalyst for stimulating further exploration and for use as a reference in clinical work of wide-ranging paradigms it succeeds admirably." Reviewed by: David Propert, British School of Osteopathy, UK, International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine Date: Aug 2014 Carefully prepared by a global team of renowned experts under the guidance of Leon Chaitow Focuses on practical, validated, and clinically relevant information Abundant use of pull-out boxes, line artwork, photographs and tables facilitates ease of understanding Contains clinical cases to ensure full comprehension of the topics explored Suitable for physiotherapists, manual therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, osteopathic physicians and chiropractors, massage therapists, Pilates and yoga teachers & therapists, Tai chi and Feldenkrais practitioners, athletic coaches and voice-coaches Video clips on an associated website presents practical examples of the breathing techniques discussed in the book Includes the latest protocols on breathing rehabilitation Includes specialist chapters on breathing dysfunction associated with pain syndromes such as pain of pelvic origin and other unexplained medical conditions Discusses the use of capnography in assessment and rehabilitation Includes discussion of Vojta/Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Therapy
This comprehensive guide for health practitioners covers all aspects of amino acid therapy and lists conditions which are particularly responsive to such treatment. Includes information on:Amino acid profilesWhy individual requirements differAmino acids and proteinAmino acids and the body cyclesDisorders of amino acid metabolismConditions suitable for amino acid therapyDirected primarily to the health professional, this book covers all aspects of amino acid therapy and discusses conditions that respond particularly well to this treatment.
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 website http://booksite.elsevier.com/9780443069765 features a lecture from the author, practical demonstrations of techniques, fully searchable text and downloadable images from the book!
This is the 4th edition of a well known book from a highly respected author. It has been designed to help manual therapy students and practitioners to understand and acquire the palpatory skills which are essential for evaluating and deciding on appropriate treatment for musculoskeletal dysfunction. The accurate interpretation of palpatory findings is difficult and comes with experience but this book aims to increase the awareness of how to palpate and what is being felt. It is supported by a DVD with video clips and commentary by the author to demonstrate and explain the techniques described in the text.
Fibromyalgia is an increasingly common and now widely researched disorder. Sufferers experience widespread muscle pain and other associated symptoms such as chronic fatigue, disturbed sleep, bowel disorders, headaches, anxiety, chronic fatigue and PMS.
Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose – many symptoms are similar to those of other illneses. This practical guide contains a range of self-tests and check-lists to help pinpoint your symptoms.
The book looks at the value of various self-help measures to enhance treatment recommended by your health advisor.
• The benefits of massage and self-manipulation for muscle problems
Whether you suffer from back pain, headaches, migraines, arthritis, stomach problems or repetitive strain injury, health expert Leon Chaitow can help. Delve into this complete guide to natural pain relief to discover a wide range of tools and techniques that will empower you to take control of your pain, reduce reliance on pharmaceutical painkillers and achieve long-lasting relief from your symptoms.How to Overcome Pain:* Shows you how a positive mental attitude, improved posture, exercise, and dietary changes can help break the pain cycle* Covers all the main complementary pain relief approaches, from meditation and breath work to massage and hydrotherapy* Features step-by-step self-help exercises and a practical treatment directory for the most common ailmentsAn essential book for everyone wanting to reclaim their everyday sense of comfort, ease of movement, health and all-round vitality with natural treatments.
The new edition of this popular paperback continues to present the scientific basis and practice of Muscle Energy Techniques (METs), a widely recognized and effective approach to the treatment of certain categories of musculoskeletal dysfunction. The internationally renowned author team under the guidance of Leon Chaitow present the role of METs in the treatment of whole muscle problems, local dysfunction and joint restrictions in a variety of patient settings. Examples include the use of MET methodology in the treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic pain conditions, the prevention and management of trauma and repetitive strain injuries in athletes, and its successful incorporation into physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathic and massage therapy environments. The book clearly presents the latest research findings underpinning MET methodology and guides the reader in the effective application of METs in both treatment and rehabilitative settings via the use of clearly written text, abundant diagrams, photographs and educational film clips on an associated website. Now published for the first time in full colour, this volume will be ideal for all those professionals who have an interest in human movement: physiotherapists, osteopathic physicians and osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, exercise scientists, manual therapists, massage therapists and personal trainers. "The practical application of MET starts from Chapter 5. The videos are accessible via a website whose address is within the book. A simple log in and you have access to a collection of MET greatest hits. The videos are clear, simple and short but not inclusive of all the techniques in the book" Reviewed by InTouch, May 2015 Introduces new methodology and instructs in the scientific basis and correct application of existing METs Explains the value of METs in the treatment of a variety of problems ranging from hypertonicity and muscle tightness to joint dysfunction and joint capsule adhesions Provides precise assessment and diagnosis guidelines from a variety of perspectives including osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy, athletic training and massage therapy Details the background to soft tissue dysfunction and explains the adaptive chain reactions that both produce and result from dysfunction Gives many variations on the safe use of MET in acute, chronic and rehabilitation settings Highly illustrated with full-colour line drawings and diagrams Supplemented by a website which includes video clips of experienced practitioners demonstrating the techniques Ideal for experienced practitioners as well as those taking undergraduate and postgraduate courses in manual therapy Now published in full colour throughout Presents the latest research findings underpinning the practice of MET methodology from differing areas of practice Presents the increasingly refined ways of using the variety of MET methods to allow the reader to safely apply them in a variety of settings Video clips on an associated website presents practical examples of the METs explored in the book Contains a new chapter on the history of MET to provide useful insights from pioneers of the method New chapters by orthopaedic surgeons discuss the relevance of MET in the rehabilitative setting Contains a completely new chapter on the relevance of MET to massage therapy as well as expanded sections on its value in chiropractic, sports injury and physiotherapy Contains an increased emphasis on pulsed MET and isotonic eccentric stretching
Written with the ease and clarity that so readily characterizes Leon Chaitow's work, the new edition of this popular book explains and explores the use of Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT) - proven soft-tissue manipulative techniques which are used to assess and treat myofascial pain and dysfunction. Complete with accompanying website - www.chaitowonline.com - showing the techniques performed by the author, Modern Neuromuscular Techniques 3e explores the history and evolution of NMT and explains how they can be used to allow the rapid and accurate identification of local soft-tissue dysfunction. Clearly written and fully illustrated throughout, the book provides a clear set of treatment options for many common musculoskeletal disorders, including many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, in addition to non-musculoskeletal problems such as abdominal dysfunction, lymphatic disorders, and the treatment of breathing pattern disorders such as hyperventilation. Authored by an expert of international renown - together with international experts in associated approaches - the book brings together a wealth of ideas from across the spectrum of therapeutic body work with sources ranging from Alexander, Barlow, Janda, Lewit, Nimmo and Simons, to Rolf and Upledger. Modern Neuromuscular Techniques 3e will be ideal for osteopathic physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, manipulative physical therapists and acupuncturists, whether qualified or in training. Facilitates the rapid and accurate identification of local soft-tissue dysfunction Explains the origin of soft tissue distress Provides diverse maps and explanations for the patterns of tender and trigger points seen daily in clinical practice Includes guidance on the use of NMT for the treatment of the symptoms of fibromyalgia and abdominal dysfunction Gives important guidance on the treatment of trigger points in treating lymphatic dysfunction Discusses the use of NMT in the management of pain and hyperventilation Explains the diagnostic and therapeutic value of tender reflex points related to viscero-somatic and somatic-visceral reflexes Describes both European and North American versions of NMT Provides a clear set of treatment options for all bodywork therapists and acupuncture practitioners Authored by a highly respected, internationally known teacher, practitioner and author, with contributions from three leading practitioners from the U.S. and Europe Contains a new chapter on the value of Thai Yoga massage, associated with NMT methodology Contains source material and commentary on the contribution of Raymond Nimmo DC in the evolution of NMT Website - www.chaitowonline.com - containing updated video clips demonstrating the application of NMT
The safe, self-help approach to controlling hypertension without drugs
High blood pressure – hypertension – is one of the most common and serious of all health conditions.
This important guide explains the background and causes of high blood pressure and describes an effective self-help programme to help restore health and stabilize blood pressure.
Leon Chaitow clearly explains:
The health series you can trust for expert and caring advice
This title presents a method of effective pain control for use by those in the healing professions-acupuncturists, surgeons, general practitioners, osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists, and trained nurses-as an adjunct to their normal course of therapy. It includes a formulary for pain treatment and chapters on acupuncture as anesthesia as well as its use in the treatment of addiction.
One in six people suffer from arthritis. Medical research proves that diet plays an important role in relieving symptoms such as inflammation, stiffness and pain in the joints.
This cookbook explains which foods to eat and which to avoid -- and contains over 100 mouth-watering and easy to prepare recipes.
Now you can use medical herbs and other natural remedies to prevent and treat a range of illnesses including throat and ear infections, sinusitis, skin problems, digestive disorders, cystitis and allergies.
Antibiotics can save lives. Used incorrectly, they can wreck lives. This book shows you how to protect yourself can from infections, and explains how recurrent courses of antibiotics can lead to recurring bacterial, viral, or yeast infections. Leon Chaitow explains how we can strengthen our immune systems and prevent the longer-term effects of antibiotics using herbs such as echinacea and goldenseal vitamin and mineral supplements, acidophilus and other "friendly" bacteria. He includes a 3-day infection-fighting fast and anti-candida diet.
In additions to the latest self-help remedies, the book provides a chilling insight into today's quick-fix drug route to health, the perils of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions, and the use of antibiotics in animal and fish farming which have led to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria -- the "superbugs".
The second revised edition previously published as SKIN TROUBLES, in the THORSONS NATURAL HEALTH series. A self-help guide to find the causes of skin ailments and how to tackle them with natural, drug-free methods. Includes the common skin complaints and emphasises the importance of diet, exercise and relaxation.
Candida Albicans, a yeast that lives inside all of us, normally presents no health problems, but today?s widespread use of antibiotics, contraceptive pills and steroids, as well as a sugar-rich diet, can cause a proliferation of this parasite yeast leading to a whole host of possible health problems.
Another Selection Of The Jones And Bartlett Series: Contemporary Issues In Physical Therapy And Rehabilitation Medicine Multidisciplinary Management Of Migraine: Pharmacological, Manual, And Other Therapies Is The First Textbook Focused On The Multidisciplinary Treatment Of Migraine Including Pharmacological And Non-Pharmacological Approaches. This Comprehensive Text Discusses Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, And Management Of Patients With Migraine Headache Integrating Clinical Experience And Expertise With Current Evidence-Based Best Practices. The Authors Are Worldwide Experts Recognized In Migraine And Headache With Experience In Academic, Research, And Practice Settings. Multidisciplinary Management Of Migraine: Pharmacological, Manual, And Other Therapies Reviews The Options For Medical Management Of Patients With Migraine By Way Of: Pharmacological Interventions; Musculoskeletal Interventions Including Muscle And Joint-Centered Interventions, Manual Therapy, And Dry Needling; And Complementary And Alternative Medicine Techniques Including Naturopathy, Acupuncture, And Placebo. With A Multimodal And Multidisciplinary Approach, This Comprehensive Resource Provides A Variety Of Therapeutic Tools For Students And Practitioners To Provide Excellent Care And Medical Management Of Patients With Migraine Headache. Key Topics: - Theories Of Migraine Pathophysiology - Sensitization Mechanisms - Migraine Triggers - Examination Of The Cervical And Thoracic Spinal Joints - Pharmacological Interventions - Musculoskeletal Interventions - Alternative Medicine Techniques This Textbook Is Perfect For Completing A Headache Library Combined With Tension-Type And Cervicogenic Headache. Browse Additional Titles In The Jones & Bartlett Learning Series Contemporary Issues In Physical Therapy And Rehabilitation Medicine, At: Http: //Go.Jblearning.Com/Ptseries
Positional Release Techniques continues to be the go-to resource for those who want to easily learn and confidently use this manual approach to safely manage pain and dysfunction in humans (and animals). As well as a structural revision, the fourth edition now includes new illustrations and chapters with videos and an image bank on a companion website to reinforce knowledge. At its core, the book explores the principles and modalities of the different forms of positional release techniques and their application which range from the original strain/counterstrain method to various applications in physical therapy, such as McKenzie's exercise protocols and kinesio-taping methods that 'unload' tissues. These methods are traced from their historical roots up to their current practice with a showcase of emerging research and evidence. In addition to a series of problem-solving clinical descriptions supported by photos of assessment and treatment methods, learning is further boosted by practical exercises which examine PRT methodology and the mechanics of their use. Emphasises safety and usefulness in both acute and chronic settings Comprehensive coverage of all methods of spontaneous release by positioning Easy to follow and extensively illustrated Balanced synopsis of concepts and clinical-approach models throughout Learning supported by problem-solving clinical descriptions and practical exercises in the book as well as videos and downloadable images on the companion website - www.chaitowpositionalrelease.com Revised content structure New chapters including: Strain/counterstrain research Positional release and fascia Balanced ligamentous tension techniques Visceral positional release: the counterstrain model Redrawn and new artwork Companion website - www.chaitowpositionalrelease.com - containing videos that demonstrate application of PRTs and bank of downloadable images
Living with pain can provoke frustration, anxiety, depression, and often a reliance on pharmaceutical painkillers. In this important and accessible book, registered osteopath and naturopath Leon Chaitow outlines natural approaches to pain relief, featuring both tried and tested methods and the latest ground-breaking research - including the role played by fascia in the experience of pain and breakthrough mind-body techniques. The author begins by explaining the nature of pain and why it is that the more you understand about it, the greater your ability to control it. He then goes on to outline key pain relief approaches including meditation, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, light and colour therapy, breathing techniques, massage, stretching, hydrotherapy and herbalism. There is also extensive information on the importance of nutrition and supplements. A special feature is the extensive pain directory providing treatment advice for a range of common problems including headache, neck and shoulder pain and backache. Featuring step-by-step self-help exercises and helpful diagrams, this is an essential book for everyone wanting to take control of pain and regain their quality of life.
This book is a practical and readable guide to the integration of complementary therapies into mainstream primary care. Based on the successful experiences of the authors' clinical setting, it offers clinicians, therapists, and other healthcare professionals a realistic routemap of the key issues, as well as practical ways in which to ensure close working, appropriate referrals, advice and treatment decisions. Patient information sheets and clinical guidance sheets for key conditions are included in full. The text covers:Practical steps to how complementary therapies may be integrated into mainstream care models and issues of research in complementary therapies how to design an integrated service, with clear examples funding, resource and legal issues issues related to economic evaluation adaptation of the service through a reflective approach clinical treatment option sheets patient self-help and diet information sheets Of interest and practical help to a wide range of healthcare professionals, this book will be especially valuable to those currently working in primary care, family practice, and any complementary therapy field.Offers a detailed example of how a successfully integrated service - complementary therapies and primary care - can be developed Covers key issues for practice development and clinical governance Looks precisely at how to deliver and evaluate a service, including economic evaluation Includes examples of all the actual service documentation and information sheets needed to run the service Includes patient information sheets on conditions and therapies Includes flowcharts of clinical decision-making and treatment options for the healthcare professional Authoritative - written by members of a successful and integrated working team.
Muscles and Meridians is a unique book that breaks new conceptual ground in the realm of human movement. Firmly based in an understanding of evolutionary and developmental biology, this volume introduces some of the keys that open the way to an understanding of the Contractile Field (CF) model - a novel concept which promotes a fresh approach to exercise and represents a valuable means of understanding and treating musculoskeletal disorders. The CF model represents a whole-organism approach to an appreciation of human movement. The fundamental biomechanical architecture of vertebrates imposes patterns of movement on our spine, patterns that offer the keys needed to begin a more robust understanding of human movement. The CF model suggests that sense organs are embedded in fields of contractility, and that the musculature of the viscera and the role of the kidneys need to be incorporated in this attempt to develop such a model. Fields of contractility are defined, borders between fields are identified, and field interaction considered. The model also suggests a new assessment methodology: the Archetypal Postures. Many musculoskeletal aches and pains, such as back pain, are non-attributable to a standard tissue-related diagnosis. Rather we need to focus on the interrelationship of many named tissues via the emergence of postures that are deeply embedded in our evolution and childhood development. Archetypal Postures are essential to the 'tune' of the musculoskeletal system.By showing a pattern of correlation, the CF model also sheds light on the Chinese map of the meridians suggesting a theory that unravels the complexity of the ancient map which the modern biosciences have been unable to comprehend or identify. Muscles and Meridians presents an approach to musculoskeletal anatomy which will be widely applicable to all professionals who have an interest in human movement: physiotherapists, osteopathic physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, exercise scientists, manual therapists, and personal trainers. Describes a new model of human movement - the Contractile Field model Offers a rare and serious attempt to look at whole person movement patterns - akin to 'Anatomy Trains' but with a stronger link to vertebrate evolution and development Suggests that much of our endemic back and leg pain is due to a loss of ease in postures that are 'archetypal' to mankind Offers a profound new understanding of the world's oldest medical map, the Chinese meridian map
Clearly written and fully illustrated throughout, Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction: Practical Physical Medicine offers practical, comprehensive coverage of the subject area accompanied by a range of video clips on a bonus DVD. Prepared by editors of international renown, the book provides clear anatomical descriptions of the structures relevant to the genesis of pelvic pain followed by the current perspectives on the neurological basis of pain, including the influence of psychophysiology. Chapters then address physiological mechanisms for pain generation; including musculoskeletal causes and the role of sport in the evolution of chronic pelvic pain and the influence of gender on pelvic pain syndromes including hormonal imbalance, pregnancy and labour. Having guided the practitioner through a clinical reasoning process to help establish the differential diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain, the volume addresses the range of therapeutic options available. This includes medical management, the role of nutrition in the control of inflammatory processes, the use of breathing techniques in the relief of pain and anxiety as well as the involvement of biofeedback mechanisms in diagnosis and treatment. The use of soft-tissue manipulation approaches, pelvic floor manual therapy release techniques and osteopathic approaches are also considered along with the use of dry needling, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction: Practical Physical Medicine offers practical, validated and clinically relevant information to all practitioners and therapists working in the field of chronic pelvic pain and will be ideal for physiotherapists, osteopathic physicians and osteopaths, medical pain specialists, urologists, urogynaecologists, chiropractors, manual therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and naturopaths worldwide. "..a welcome addition to the library of any physiotherapist who encounters patients with pelvic pain." Reviewed by Anne Graham on behalf of Physiotherapy Practice and Research, October 2015 Offers practical, validated, and clinically relevant information to all practitioners and therapists working in the field Edited by two acknowledged experts in the field of pelvic pain to complement each other's approach and understanding of the disorders involved Carefully prepared by a global team of clinically active and research oriented contributors to provide helpful and clinically relevant information Abundant use of pull-out boxes, line artwork, photographs and tables facilitates ease of understanding Contains an abundance of clinical cases to ensure full understanding of the topics explored Focuses on the need for an integrated approach to patient care Includes an appendix based on recent European Guidelines regarding the nature of the condition(s) and of the multiple aetiological and therapeutic models associated with them Contains a bonus DVD presenting film clips of the manual therapy, biofeedback and rehabilitation techniques involved
The more you understand the nature of pain, the greater your ability to control it. This illustrated guide demonstrates natural approaches to pain management from a leading expert in holistic health and well-being. The author outlines key pain relief approaches such as meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, light and color therapy, breathing techniques, massage, stretching, and more. Extensive information on the importance of nutrition and supplements is also included. A pain directory provides advice for a range of common problems such as headaches, backaches, and neck and shoulder pain. Featuring step-by-step self-help exercises and diagrams, this is an essential book for anyone wanting to take control of his pain and regain his quality of life.
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