Book cover: Fascial Dysfunction, Manual Therapy Approaches

Fascial Dysfunction, Manual Therapy Approaches



Second Edition

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.

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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® 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®) • Neuromuscular Technique and associated Soft Tissue Manipulation Modalities • Positional Release Techniques – (including counterstrain) • Global Postural Re-education: Souchard Method • Rolfing® 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

Table of Contents

The functions of fascia: translating research into clinical relevance Leon Chaitow
Fascial dysfunction: adaptation as a major feature Leon Chaitow
Global postural assessment Thomas W. Myers
Additional global and local assessment approaches Leon Chaitow
Removing obstacles to recovery: therapeutic methods, mechanisms and fascia Leon Chaitow
Bowen therapy Kelly Clancy
Connective tissue manipulation and skin rolling Elizabeth A. Holey, John Dixon
Use it or lose it: recommendations for fascia-oriented training applications in  sports and movement therapy Robert Schleip, Divo Gitta Müller
The Fascial Manipulation® method applied to low back pain Antonio Stecco, Stefano Casadei, Alessandro Pedrelli, Julie Ann Day, Carla Stecco
Functional fascial treatment: fascial unwinding and balanced ligamentous tension technique Paolo Tozzi
Gua sha (press-stroking) and Ba guan (cupping): traditional East Asian  instrument-assisted manual therapies Arya Nielsen
Muscle energy techniques Leon Chaitow
Myofascial induction therapy (MIT®) Andrzej Pilat
Neuromuscular technique (NMT) and associated soft tissue manipulation  (neuromuscular) modalities Leon Chaitow
Positional release techniques (including counterstrain) Leon Chaitow
Rolfing® structural integration Jonathan Martine
Global postural re-education: Souchard method Emiliano Grossi
Management of scars and adhesions Willem Fourie
Manual matrix remodeling in myofascial injuries: scar modeling technique Raúl Martínez Rodríguez, Fernando Galán del Río
Massage therapy and fascia Sandy Fritz
Trigger point release methods including dry needling César Fernández-de-las-Peñas

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30 October 2018