This book provides all therapists with a clear guide to what the fascia is, how it goes wrong, and how to treat disorders that involve the fascia.
The book is in two parts. It builds on a background of what is now known or currently hypothesised about fascial dysfunction and its repercussions. Section 1, on Fascial Foundations summarises latest knowledge on fascia and links it to clinical practice. It comprises five chapters by Leon Chaitow with one chapter contributed by Tom Myers. It looks at fascial function and dysfunction; gives guidelines on clinical assessment and suggestions for ensuring that treatment approaches achieve their maximum potential in the restoration of normal fascial function.
Section 2 entitled Selected Fascial Modalities comprises 15 chapters, each written by an internationally recognised clinical expert and each describing and explaining a technique which has been proven to be effective in the treatment of fascial dysfunction.
The book is highly illustrated with black and white photographs, line drawings and a colour plate section to illustrate the anatomy and physiology of fascia.
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100 line drawings and 40 photographs
Section I Fascial Foundations
Chapter 1 The clinical relevance of the functions of fascia: translating the science Leon Chaitow
Chapter 2 Fascial dysfunction and disease: causes, effects and possible manual therapy options Leon Chaitow
Chapter 3 Global postural assessment Thomas W. Myers
Chapter 4 Additional global and local assessment approaches Leon Chaitow
Chapter 5 Removing obstacles to recovery: therapeutic mechanisms and fascia Leon Chaitow
Section II Selected Fascial Modalities
Chapter 6 The Bowen technique Michelle Watson and Julian M. Baker
Chapter 7 Connective tissue manipulation and skin rolling Elizabeth A. Holey and John Dixon
Chapter 8 Use it or lose it: recommendations for fascia-oriented training applications in sports and movement therapy Robert Schleip and Divo Gitta Müller
Chapter 9 The Fascial Manipulation® method applied to low back pain Antonio Stecco, Stefano Casadei, Alessandro Pedrelli, Julie Ann Day and Carla Stecco
Chapter 10 Fascial unwinding Paolo Tozzi
Chapter 11 Balanced ligamentous tension technique Paolo Tozzi
Chapter 12 Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization Warren I. Hammer
Chapter 13 Muscle energy techniques Leon Chaitow
Chapter 14 Myofascial induction therapy (MIT®) Andrzej Pilat
Chapter 15 Neuromuscular technique (NMT) and associated soft tissue manipulation modalities Leon Chaitow
Chapter 16 Positional release techniques (including counterstrain) Leon Chaitow
Chapter 17 Rolfing® _structural integration Jonathan Martine
Chapter 18 Management of scars and adhesions Willem Fourie
Chapter 19 Massage therapy and fascia Sandy Fritz
Chapter 20 Trigger point release methods including dry needling César Fernández-de-las-Peñas
About the Editor:
Leon Chaitow is well-known internationally as the author of over 60 books on natural heath and complementary medicine. He has written authoritatively at many levels: from easy to understand guides for the general public on health issues and treatment approaches to detailed, well-referenced texts for health care students and practitioners and their clients. He has also co-edited and contributed to numerous other important publications in the field of fascial dysfunction and its treatment, notably as co-editor of Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body edited by Robert Schleip et al. Apart from his books Leon is the founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
Born in South Africa he moved to the UK in 1956 where he studied osteopathy and naturopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1960. He went on to study acupuncture in the 1960s and then cranial osteopathy (1969-78) and orthomolecular nutrition (1970-73). Leon Chaitow was the first naturopath/osteopath to be appointed to a UK medical practice (Marylebone Health Centre, London) an appointment which he held from 1993 to 2009. In 1993 he was appointed Senior Lecturer, Module leader and member of the course design team at the School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster.
Since 1983 he has held posts throughout Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia as visiting lecturer to colleges, schools and professional organizations of chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy and naturopathy. He continues to travel to teach around the world while maintaining his private practice in London. His writing is undertaken in the peace and beauty of his home in Corfu.