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Posted July 2012
Motion Palpation Assessment & Joint Mobilization Treatment Techniques DVD
Motion Palpation Assessment & Joint Mobilization Treatment Techniques DVD
  1. Motion Palpation Assessment & Joint Mobilization Treatment Techniques for the Neck
  2. Motion Palpation Assessment & Joint Mobilization Treatment Techniques for the Low Back & Pelvis

By Joe Muscolino

This DVD covers motion palpation assessment and joint mobilization techniques for the neck. Motion palpation assesses joint range motion one joint at a time. Joint mobilization is a specific stretching of the intrinsic tissues of the joint. Dr. Joe Muscolino is a chiropractor in private practice and has been a massage therapy educator for 25 years. He explains and teaches these techniques simply, clearly, and thoroughly! This DVD is a must for all manual therapists: massage therapists, structural integration practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractic and osteopathic physicians.

Lack of mobility in the cervical regions of the spine cannot always be addressed via soft tissue release, it is necessary to address directly the restrictions at the facet joints. Joint mobilization is an extremely powerful and effective technique, and should be added to your tool box of treatment techniques. For clients who present with specific segmental spinal hypomobilities, it is the only treatment technique available to massage therapists that can remedy their condition.

This DVD covers motion palpation and joint mobilisation of the cervical, including orthopedic assessment tests and a review of cervical spina anatomy.

Feel for the motion by moving the joint. To evaluate joint motion, we challenge the joint to move through its ranges of motion and see if the motions are full. This can also be called "Motion Palpation. "The essence of a joint mobilization is to stretch the intrinsic tissues of the joint (ligaments, joint capsules, short deep muscles) by stabilizing the proximal bone and then introducing a gradual gentle-but-firm stretch force to the distal bone. A very valuable technique!" Joe Muscolino

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Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain: The Practice of Informed Touch

Finando and Steven Finando

RRP $32.95. Special Price $29.65

In this easy-to-use guide to the treatment of muscle pain, medical educators Steven and Donna Finando present evaluation and palpation techniques for reducing trigger points and alleviating pain. Detailed information on each muscle, including pain-pattern and trigger-point illustrations with specific palpation instructions, enable clinicians to locate specific areas quickly and accurately.

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Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, 2nd Edition

Recent research shows a high prevalence of work-related injury among manual therapists, which can lead to interruption or even termination of one's career. However, injury is far from inevitable. Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition offers a unique, comprehensive and authoritative approach to work-related injury prevention and ergonomics for these practitioners, with proven methods to help students and professionals avoid injury, preserve their health and prolong their careers. The book adopts a positive tone and provides practical, real-life tips and strategies to help practitioners maintain their health and protect their investment in their career. Practitioners can also use the information in Save Your Hands! to help them more effectively address their clients' musculoskeletal symptoms and injuries. So while they learn to save their hands (and back, neck and shoulders), they also enhance their practice.

The authors are leading experts in the field of ergonomics and injury prevention. In an accessible, richly-illustrated format, Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition shows how to:

  • Design your treatment space so you can work safely and efficiently
  • Find alternative techniques to protect vulnerable parts of your body
  • Improve your body mechanics to work with less physical stress and greater comfort
  • Stay in shape with a physical conditioning program developed specifically for manual therapists
  • Recognize early symptoms and address them effectively before they lead to injury

352 pages, 83 photos and illustrations, softcover. Available from Akasha Books Limited, New Zealand.

Lauriann Greene, CEAS and Richard W. Goggins, CPE, LMP
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