Vertebral manipulation :

Vertebral manipulation : : a part of orthodox medicine

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Back pain continues to be a growing problem in Western society. As well as orthodox therapies there have become established several alternative or complementary therapies that often have little scientific foundation to their use or value. Vertebral manipulation has often been included with these alternative therapies and although it is now more widely used in the medical profession, many clinicians still view the technique with suspicion. This book sets out to establish vertebral manipulation as an orthodox part of musculo-skeletal medicine. It begins by identifying the criteria for scientific acceptability and goes on to present the proven physiological phenomena upon which vertebral manipulation can be legitimately based. Popular hypotheses are reviewed againstthese criteria. A series of appendices provides background to a basic syllabus for teaching and also a selection of simple techniques.
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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 165.1 x 247.65 x 12.7mm | 349g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1995 ed.
  • 128 p.
  • 0792388852
  • 9780792388852

Table of contents

Prerequisites for a scientifically acceptable musculoskeletal approach; epidemiology of back pain; pain perception and modulation; referred pain and tenderness; the psychology of pain; relevant anatomy; relevant pathology; why and why not - indications and contraindications; who do you see - common indications; how do you assess cases - case analysis; what are you looking for?; the place of radiology, CAT scans, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging; joint mobility; bony position; muscle function and its testing; biomechanics in clinical practice; what of the intervertebral disc? - a second look; what of the pelvis?; posture put in its place; the future of musculoskeletal medicine. Appendices: participants in the first FIMM teachers' workshop - Vienna, 1994; analysis of initial workshop questionnaires; analysis of final workshop questionnaires; a basic musculoskeletal medicine syllabus; 12 manipulative techniques described; a choice of injections; miscellaneous therapies available to the physician.
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