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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This is a detailed approach to improving the stability of the low back in patients suffering from low back pain. The author argues that it is important to attend to the anatomical structures that control the problem, including those that on first blush may not appear to be involved at all, but may be subtly influencing the low back and its function.
Purpose: The author notes that "the purpose of this book is to teach you how to deal with back pain by helping your clients stabilize their spines."
Audience: Directed mainly toward the physical therapy profession, this text will also find a receptive audience in the chiropractic and osteopathic fields.
Features: The author first discusses the issue of back stability in general, and then he spends time detailing the biomechanics of the various tissues involved in providing that stability. He presents exercises to maintain or improve stability, as well as issues pertaining to proper posture. He concludes with a discussion about how to bring all these elements together to structure an appropriate program for a given patient.
Assessment: The logical flow of the material helps the author make his case. The way he examines the problem of low back pain, while not new, is presented with a fresh point of view. The exercises themselves are quite appropriate and overall he does a very fine job of providing the therapist with a good and effective approach to back pain.