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Posted April 2013
Stretching the Neck
Stretching the Neck - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Techniques

Dr. Muscolino explains and teaches these techniques Simply, clearly, and thoroughly!

This DVD is a must for manual therapists: massage therapists, structural integration practitioners, athletic trainers, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractic and osteopathic physicians. Learn how to stretch the neck. Beginner, intermediate and advanced techniques are demonstrated and taught: Stretching of functional groups, multiplane stretching, pin and stretch, and neural inhibition.

In Advanced stretching technique, a neurologic reflex is used to inhibit,  the target muscle that is being stretched. Creating neural inhibition then allows greater stretch of the musculature.

This Includes: Contract Relax (CR), Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR), Proprioceptive Neural Facilitation (PNF), and Agonist Contract (AC, which is the basis of Active Isolated Stretching) stretching techniques are all covered.

All stretching techniques are taught with an emphasis on body mechanics. Also includes Orthopedic Assessment tests and Stretching of the upper trunk.

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Posted December 2012
Body Mechanics for Manual Therapy
Body Mechanics for Manual Therapy: Back & Neck Treatment

NEW DVD for body workers and massage therapists: 'Body Mechanics for Manual Therapy: Back & Neck Treatment', by Joseph Muscolino.

When performing massage, understanding how to employ good body mechanics is wise. Massage and manual therapies are physically intense and the use of proper mechanics allows the therapist to work more efficiently, and therefore expend less effort. Much of the success as a manual therapist, depends on the quality of your body mechanics!

This DVD is a must for all manual therapists: massage therapists, structural integration practitioners, athletic trainers, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractic and osteopathic physicians, acupuncturists.

Learn proper body mechanics for working the neck and back. Body mechanics are demonstrated and explained from deep pressure soft tissue manipulation, stretching and joint mobilization techniques.

Dr. Joe Muscolino will show you how to work from your core, so you work smarter instead of harder.

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.

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Posted November 2012
Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body
Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body

A great new book has been just published for practitioners interested in the science of the human body.

'Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body' is ideal for all professionals who have an interest in fascia and human movement - acupuncturists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, manual therapists, massage therapists, body workers, exercise scientists and personal trainers, as well as physicians involved with musculoskeletal medicine, pain amangement and rehabilitation.

Compiled by experts of international renown, brings together very different contributors who share the desire to bridge the gap between theory and practice as much as possible in our current knowledge of the human fascia.

  • Offers comprehensive coverage ranging from anatomy and physiology, clinical conditions and associated therapies, to recently developed research techniques
  • Explores the role of fascia as a bodywide communication system
  • Presents the latest information available on myofascial force transmission which helps establish a scientific basis for given clinical experiences
  • Explores the importance of fascia as a sensory organ - for example, its important proprioceptive and nociceptive functions which have implications for the generation of low back pain
  • Describes new imaging methods which confirm the connectivity of organs and tissues
  • Designed to organize relevant information for professionals involved in the therapeutic manipulation of the body's connective tissue matrix (fascia) as well as for scientists involved in basic science research
  • Reflects the increasing need for information about the properties of fascia, particularly for osteopaths, massage therapists, physiotherapists and other complementary health care professionals

Offers new insights on the fascial related foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridians and the fascial effects of acupuncture.

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Posted September 2012
Clinical Sports Medicine
Clinical Sports Medicine - 4th edition

By Brukner & Khan

Brukner and Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine is the bible of sports medicine. The text explores all aspects of diagnosis and management of sports-related injuries and physical activity such as the fundamental principles of sports medicine, diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, enhancement of sports performance and dealing with special groups of participants.

Each chapter has been comprehensively reviewed and updated and there are 12 new chapters which cover topics such as military medicine, prevention of sudden cardiac death and the integration of evidence into clinical practice. The contributing authors are renowned experts in their field and are based all around the world.

The fourth edition is enhanced by a new companion website featuring 'Clinical Sports Medicine Masterclasses Online'. Readers will gain access to this secure site via a pin-code included with the book. The site will include video clips of clinical examinations, interviews with leading experts and will be updated regularly.


  • Companion website featuring 'Clinical Sports Medicine Master classes Online'
  • 12 brand new chapters
  • Each chapter reworked and completely updated
  • New and updated illustrations
  • Internationally renowned contributing authors

RRP: $189.95

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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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