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Neuromuscular Therapy

  1. Modern Neuromuscular Techniques + CD-ROM (2003)
  2. Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques, Vol 2: The Lower Body (2002)
  3. Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques, Vol 1: The Upper Body (2000)
  4. Modern Neuromuscular Techniques (1996)
  5. Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy, The Extremities (VHS)
  6. Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy, The Torso (VHS)
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    The Balanced Body A Guide to Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapy


Modern Neuromuscular Techniques + CD-ROM (Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques)
by Leon Chaitow

Churchill Livingstone; ISBN: 0443071586

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Paperback: 175 pages; 2nd edition (October 2003)
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Paperback - 276 pages (17 February, 2003)


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Book Description
Written in a common language understandable and acceptable to all bodywork therapists and acupressure practitioners, this textbook provides instruction on making precise and systematic evaluations of soft tissue problems and gives information on a specific range of related therapeutic techniques. It describes techniques for rapid and accurate identification and assessment of local soft tissue dysfunction and a clear set of treatment options for these dysfunctions which may be safely used by all bodyworkers. Details are given of both European and North American versions of neuromuscular techniques (NMT). The book provides a link between bodywork and acupressure approaches through an analysis and comparison of the major reflex systems used in bodywork. This second edition includes new material on trigger point phenomenon and expanded material on the concept of NMT. There is also a new section on myofascial release, an enlarged section on associated techniques, a new chapter on progressive inhibition of neuromuscular structures (PINS) technique incorporating new research on ischaemic compression, new material on NMT in the treatment of fibromyalgia and an expanded review of the work of DR Nimmo (American NMT practitioner) with reference to his original research. An accompanying CD-ROM contains the complete text with video clips demonstrating the carrying out of the techniques described in the text.

Table of Contents
Soft tissue distress. Introduction to NMT. Myofascial trigger points and other reflex phenomena. The variety of reflex points. Diagnostic methods. Basic spinal NMT. Basic Abdominal (abdominopelvic) NMT application. Associated techniques. Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique. NMT in clinical use. American neuromuscular therapy. Progressive intuition of neuromuscular structures (PINS) technique.

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Clinical Applications of Neuromuscular Technique: The Lower Body: Lumbar Spine, Sacrum and Pelvis and Lower Limbs
by Leon, nd, Do Chaitow, Judith Walker, Lmt Delany, David G., MD Simons

Hardcover - 598 pages (September 2002)
Churchill Livingstone; ISBN: 0443062846

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Book Description
The book discusses theories and physiology relevant to the manual treatment of chronic pain, especially as it regards the soft tissues of the lower body. Step-by-step protocols that address each muscle of a region and a regional approach to treatment are features that make this book unique. A structural review of each region, including ligaments and functional anatomy, adds value for new students and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents
Section 1. Essential information
Making sense of the picture. Connective tissue and the fascial system. Fascia and its nature, Fascial tensegrity, Facial postural patterns , Essential information about muscles, Muscle energy sources, Muscle blood supply, Major types of voluntary contraction, Muscle types, Cooperative muscle activity, Contraction, spasm and contracture, What is muscle weakness?, Reporting stations and proprioception, Reflex mechanisms, Facilitation - segemental and local, Manipulating the reporting stations, Therapeutic rehabilitation using reflex systems, Trigger point formation , Central and attachment trigger points, Trigger point activating factors, Ischemia and trigger point evolution, A trigger point's target zone of referral, Key and satellite trigger points, Trigger point incidence and location, Trigger point activity and lymphatic dysfunction , Local and general adaptation, Somatization - mind and muscles, Respiratory influences, Patterns of dysfunction, The big picture and the local even, Thoughts on pain symptoms in general and trigger points in particular.

Section 2. Posture, acture and balance
Static and dynamic posture, Key postural influences, Is there an ideal posture?, Gravitational influences and muscles, Therapeutic objectives, Muscle categorizations, Necessary assessments, Static postural assessment, Tools of postural assessment, Plumb line, Postural grid, Portable units, Computerized assessment methods, Basic postural assessment, Standing postural assessment , Supine (non-weight bearing) postural assessment, Assessment for freedom of movement, Other postural models, Posture and the mind, Latey's lower fist, Good posture and asymmetrical normality, Patterns of use and posture, Additional local features influencing posture and use, Exteroceptive and proprioceptive postural controls, Mechanisms which alter proprioception, Common causes of postural imbalance and retraining options , 'Normal' balance is age related, Causes of disequilibrium, Stabilization, Disequilibrium rehabilitation goals and strategies.

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Section 3. Gait analysis
Normal joint and segment motion during the gait cycle, Musculoligmentous slings and influences and the gait cycle, Energy storage during gait, Potential dysfunctions in gaiting, Observation of gait, Multiview analysis, Muscular imbalance and gait patterns, Chains of dysfunction, Liebensons clinical approach, Altered hip extension, Altered hip abduction, Various pathologies and gait, Neurological gait patterns, Pediatric gait, Podiatric considerations and gait

Section 4. The close environment
The bodyworker's close environment, Acture guidelines for bodywork students and practitioners, Automobile influences, Driving: the vibration factor, Automobile risk factors, Seatbelts and airbags, Gender issues in accident after-effects, Multiple symptoms and fibromyalgia syndrome(FMS) following vehicle injuries, The vehicle injury close environment, Sitting on an airplane, Shoes, Neutral entrapment and shoes, Orthotics, Effects of clothing, jewelry, other accessories and aids, Sitting posture, Chairs as a health hazard, Better chair design as an answer, Chair criteria, An Alexander perspective on correct sitting, The art of sitting down, What are the risks of poor sitting habits?, Computering work and posture, Sleeping positions, Repose, Changing sleeping position due to nasal influences, Problems relating to the posture of musicians, Examples, Assessment, Conclusion.

Section 5. Adaptation and sport
First principles, An osteopathic perspective, Specific adaptation to imposed demand ('training'), Training variations, Strength training, Edurance training, Sprint training, Overtraining issue, Overuse injuries and the young soccer player, How widespread is the problem of overuse injury in youngsters?, Prevention of overuse injuries, Signs of overuse injury in young soccer players, Handling overuse injuries, Tibial stress fracture, Enhanced human performance or treatment of dysfunction?, Athletics, Hamstring injuries and the athlete, How to choose where and what to treat within the kinetic chain?, A model of care for hamstring injuries, Nutrition, Bodywork and rehabilitation, Groin strains and the athlete, Gymnastics and dance, Weight training and the low back: key points, Water sports, American football, Rotational activities, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Risk in other sports, Skiing, CyclingRugby, football, Volleyball and basketball.

Section 6. Contextual influences: Nutrition and other factors
Chronobiology, Sleep and pain, Pain and inflammation: allergic, dietary and nutritional factors, Nutritional approaches for modulating inflammation, Intolerances, allergies and musculoskeletal dysfunction, Mechanisms, Mast cells, immune responses and inflammation, Muscle pain and allergy/intolerance, Allergy-hyperventilation 'masqueraders', Defining food intolerances, Allergy, the hyperreactive immune function and muscle pain, Allergy, the hyper-reactive immune function, and muscle pain, Treatment for 'allergic myalgia'?,Other therapeutic choices - Testing for allergy/intolerance, Some evidence for exclusion diet benefits with allergy, Strategies, The breathing connection, The biochemistry of hyperventilation, The biochemistry of anxiety and activity, Summary, Diet, anxiety and pain, Glucose, Alcohol, Caffeine, Anxiety and deficiency, Detoxification and muscle pain, Water, Liver detox, Thyroid hormone imbalance and chronic musculoskeletal pain, Osteoporosis.

Section 7. Self-help strategies
Aims and sources, Coherence, compliance, concordance, Biochemical self-help methods, Hydrotherapy self-help methods, Psychosocial self-help methods, Biomechanical self-help methods
Section 8. Patient intake
Where to begin?, Outline, Expectations, Humor, Thick file patients, Unspoken questions, Starting the process, Leading questions, Some key questions, Body language, The physical examination, The therapeutic plan, A summary of approaches to chronic pain problems, Choices: Soft tissue or joint focus?

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Section 9. Summary of modalities
The global view, The purpose of this chapter, General application of neuromuscular techniques, NMT for chronic pain, Palpation and treatment, Neuromuscular therapy 'American version', Gliding Techniques, Palpation and compression techniques, Muscle energy techniques (MET), Positional Release Techniques, Integrated neuromuscular inhibition technique, Myofascial release techniques, Acupuncture and trigger points, Mobilization and articulation, Rehabilitation.

Section 10. The lumbar spine
Functions of the lumbar spine, Lumbar vertebral structure, Transitional areas, The spinal column - its structure and function, Flexible stability, Adaptability = tolerance, Identification of imbalances - essential first step, Stress factors and homeostasis, The contextual environment, Soft tissue spinal support, Choices muscles make, Specific muscle involvement in stabilization, Endurance factors, Imposter symptoms, Making sense of low-backache, The 'simple' backache, Nerve root pain, Distortions and anomalies, Serious spinal pathology, The stabilizing role of thoracolumbar fascia, Using assessment protocols, Sequencing, Lumbar spine assessment protocols, Lumbar spine myofascial elements, Lumbar spine NMT treatment protocols,Latissimus dorsi, NMT for latissimus dorsi, MET treatment of latissimus dorsi, PRT for latissimus dorsi 1, PRT for latissimus dorsi 2, Serratus posterior inferior, NMT for serratus posterior inferior, Quadratus lumborum, NMT for quadratus lumborum, MET for quadratus lumborum 1, MET for quadratus lumborum 2, PRT for quadratus lumborum, The thoracolumbar paraspinal muscles (erector spinae), Superficial paraspinal muscles (lateral tract), Additional assessments for erector spinae, NMT for erector spinae, MET for erector spinae, PRT for erector spinae (and extension strains of the lumbar spine), Deep paraspinal muscles (medial tract): lumbar lamina, Multifidi, Rotatores longus and brevis, NMT for muscles of the lumbar lamina groove, Interspinales muscles , NMT for interspinales, Intertransversarii lateralis and mediales , MET for multifidi and other small, deep muscles of the low back, PRT for small deep muscles of the low back (induration technique), Muscles of the abdominal wall, Obliquus externus abdominis, Obliquus internus abdominus, Transverse abdominis, NMT (and MFR) for lateral abdominal muscles,Rectus abdominus, Pyramidalis, NMT for anterior abdominal wall muscles, MET for abdominal muscles, PRT for abdominal muscles, Deep abdominal muscles, Psoas major, Psoas minor, Assessment of shortness in iliopsoas, NMT for psoas major and minor, MET treatment of psoas, PRT for psoas.

Section 11. The pelvis
Different pelvic types, Pelvic architecture, The pelvic girdle or ring, Pregnancy and the pelvis, The innominates, The symphysis pubis, The sacrum, The coccyx, Ligaments of the pelvis, The sciatic foramina, The sacroiliac joint, Gait and the pelvis, Therapeutic considerations, Homeostatic subtext, Pelvic problems and the low back, Lower crossed syndro

Section 12. The hip
Section 13. The knee
Section 14. The leg and the foot

About the Author
Judith (Walker) DeLany LMT, teacher and practitioner of neuromuscular therapy. Director of the Center for Wellbeing, (treatment center) in St Petersburg, Florida. A very well-known and highly respected American massage therapist, (Florida Chriroactic Assoc Massage Therapist of the Year in 1999 and on the education board of the AMTA). Through The NMT Center, her Health Education (seminar) business, she lectures and runs workshops throughout the USA.Associate editor of Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.
Leon Chaitow ND, DO, Osteopathic Practitioner and Senior Lecturer, Centre for Community Care and Primary Health , University of Westminster, private practitioner and established author. Lectures widely in the USA each year and is also well known there through his editorship of JBMT (majority of subs are in USA). Author of numerous other CL titles (see supporting titles below). Also publishes many titles on the same subjects for the general public under the Thorsons imprint.


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Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques, Volume 1: The Upper Body
by Leon Chaitow, Judith DeLany

Hardcover - 469 pages 1st edition Vol 1 (October 15, 2000)
Churchill Livingstone; ISBN: 0443062706

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Book Description
This long awaited text is the first of two volumes which presents the theories, validation and techniques of manual treatment for both chronic and acute neuromuscular pain and somatic dysfunction. Unlike many other texts, the theory and practice are described within the context of the normal anatomy and physiology of the related structures.

The book takes a regional approach to treatment, giving a structural review of each area, including ligaments and functional anatomy. It then examines each muscle and joint in that region, giving step-by-step protocols for each muscle to be treated, using a variety of neuromuscular approaches. Particular reference is made to the treatment of trigger points. Each joint and muscle has the same sequence of headings making it easy for the reader to dip into what they need to review. Numerous two colour illustrations also appear throughout, making the anatomy and techniques described easier to follow.

The two authors have drawn together and integrated information that currently has to be accessed from several sources. The result is a text which will do much to ensure the safe and effective application of soft tissue techniques and which will provide an invaluable source of reference to all manual therapy students and practitioners.

Table of Contents
Connective tissue and the fascial system. Muscles. Reporting stations and the brain. Causes of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Patterns of dysfunction. Trigger points. Inflammation and pain. Assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. Modern neuromuscular techniques. Associated therapeutic modalities and techniques. The cervical region. Cranium. Shoulder, arm and hand. The thorax. Index.

Reader Reviews
Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques - Vol. I, January 26, 2001
Reviewer: Heidrun von Buschow (see more about me at Amazon.com) from Hood River, OR United States
This is a really clearly written, concise book, with drawings and pictures of muscle positions, trigger points, etc. I bought the Jane Travell Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction Books before this one came out, and for the money wish I had bought the Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Tech. Book. Unless you are a Physician, who wants to inject the patient's trigger points with a saline solution, and then you better be very exact in your aim with the needle, I think the Clinical Application of Neurom. Tech. Book is a much more practical, useful, hands on, straight forward book that addresses all the trigger points, origins and insertions of the muscles in a very user friendly way. Until this book came out, Jane Travell's was the only great reference guide; but what patient really likes injections? Now this book surpasses Dr. Travells, in that all the material in it is useful and usable. Can't wait for Vol. II, Lower Body, to come out.


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Modern Neuromuscular Techniques
by Leon Chaitow

Hardcover - 178 pages (August 1996)
Churchill Livingstone; ISBN: 0443052980

See also the 2nd edition (2003)


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Book Description
Another in the Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques series. Neuromuscular techniques (NMT) 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 goes on to describe clearly the ways in which NMT can be used in assessment and treatment modes to normalise such changes.A further application of NMT as a means of preparing joints for subsequent manipulative attention is also presented. The connection between NMT and other approaches such as Shiatsu and Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) massage methods, is covered. Both European and American versions of neuromuscular techniques (NMT) are detailed. The author is internationally renowned and highly regarded by osteopaths, physical therapists, and chiropractors.(The other 2 books in the series are entitled: Muscle Energy Techniques, and Positional Release Techniques. The author is also writing a book for Churchill Livingstone on Palpation Skills.) Features: * explains the significance of local soft tissue dysfunction in its relation to pain and more general musculoskeletal dysfunction * presents techniques which help assess and treat such dysfunctions * shows how NMT may be used to prepare joints for manipulative attention * written by an internationlly famous author who is extremely well regarded by peers in such disciplines as physical therapy, osteopathy, and chiropractic * conceived from the author's bestselling books published with Thorsons, Churchill Livingstone have broken up the information contained in these bestsellers, added to them the extra and revised information supplied by the author, and presented them in a logical and readable format


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Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy, The Extremities

Edition Details:
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• ASIN: 0970363311


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Customer Review
great, February 5, 2002
Reviewer: carlene lutes from San Diego, CA
I have both of the Deep Tissue and Neuromuscular Therapy videos- the Extremities and the Torso. These videos are great. The instructor organizes the material in a very clear way, and being able to see the anatomy of each area before seeing the tests and technique is great. These videos are really made for professional massage therapists, but the instruction is so clear that anyone could benefit.


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Deep Tissue & Neuromuscular Therapy, The Torso

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Author's Review
January 21, 2001
Reviewer: Geri and Sean Riehl (see more about me at Amazon.com) from Santa Barbara, CA USA.
Learn to alleviate pain with 53 highly effective neuromuscular techniques! This video feature muscles molded out of clay so you get a 3-dimensional understanding of what you will be working on. Then see computer generated triggerpoint overlays so you know where to work. Learn functional assessment techniques including resistance tests and range of motion tests as well as postural evaluations. Discover how to work on the tendons, ligaments and muscles with effective neuromuscular and deep tissue strokes. Finally complete the work with stretches. This video will prepare you to handle the most common injuries in the hips, back and neck.

This video is packed with useful, easy to understand information that you can start applying to your practice right away. For an added benefit, this video also comes with a 17 page booklet, inside the case, that mirrors each technique in the video.

Covers the hips, back, belly, shoulders & neck.


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