Back Stability

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Stay on the leading edge of therapeutic exercise technique with this valuable resource on back stability programming. Back Stability provides professionals with the conceptual tools needed to assist in diagnosing lumbar back problems and presents practical techniques to develop basic back stability and to build back fitness suitable for any level of activity.

Back Stability is a practical manual that shows readers how to apply precise techniques immediately. A perfect balance of...

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Overview

Stay on the leading edge of therapeutic exercise technique with this valuable resource on back stability programming. Back Stability provides professionals with the conceptual tools needed to assist in diagnosing lumbar back problems and presents practical techniques to develop basic back stability and to build back fitness suitable for any level of activity.

Back Stability is a practical manual that shows readers how to apply precise techniques immediately. A perfect balance of theory and practice, it's backed by proven real-world clinical advice. The book helps professionals increase client compliance by detailing how and why the exercises are so effective.

Author Christopher M. Norris, MSc, MCSP, is a leading physiotherapist who treats people with lower back pain. In Back Stability, he presents the physiological bases of lumbar back pain and lumbar back stability in Part I. In Part II, he shows readers how to teach clients the basic skills necessary for back stabilization. Part III presents a wide range of exercises to help clients rehabilitate their backs for the level of physical activity that is appropriate for them and to prevent recurrence of back pain. Part IV discusses how to tailor a program suited to the unique needs of each client using the assessments and exercises presented throughout the book.

Back Stability offers
-22 exercises for establishing or restoring basic back stability,

-16 exercises for establishing correct posture,

-18 tests and exercises for assessing and correcting muscle imbalance,

-59 exercises for building back stability using resistance training,

-23 exercises for advanced-level back stability using weight training and plyometrics, and

-64 exercises featuring body weight, exercise balls, or other simple equipment. Every exercise is explained step by step. The book includes 45 medical illustrations, 150 line drawings, 45 charts, and 11 tables to clarify every concept and exercise presented.

Back Stability provides a powerful clinical resource for professionals who work with clients suffering from back pain. Research-based but eminently practical, it's a priority purchase for all back care professionals.

Back Stability CD-ROM
For sale separately is an easy-to-use CD-ROM provides a powerful software complement to the book Back Stability. Written by Christopher Norris, a leading back physiotherapist, this software provides you with a library of 152 exercises including 127 illustrations. These essential back activities are taken from the book and assembled on a Physiotools software platform. Click on related products for more information.

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736000819
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher M. Norris, MSc, MCSP, has more than twenty years of experience as a physiotherapist and sport scientist. His specialty is exercise therapy. He is currently the director of Norris Associates in Manchester, UK.

An expert on back stability, Norris is the author of four books. One of his books on sports injuries is in its second edition and has been adopted by most physiotherapy schools in the United Kingdom. He has taught for the British Association of Sports Medicine on flexibility training and back rehabilitation. In addition to serving as a consultant to major companies, Norris also published the first-ever review of back stability in a series of articles in Physiotherapy Journal.

Norris is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine. He holds a certificate in occupational health physiotherapy, an advanced certificate in acupuncture, and a certificate in business administration.

He and his wife Hildegard live in the Peak District National Park. He enjoys hill walking and ju jitsu.

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Conceptual Foundation
Chapter 1. What Is Back Stability?

-The Scope of the Problem

-A New Look at the Etiology and Treatment of Back Pain

-The Model Used in This Book: Lumbar Stabilization

Chapter 2. Biomechanics of the Lumbar Spine

-Anatomy of the Vertebral Column

-Axial Compression

-Movements of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis

-The Mechanics of Lifting

-Lifting Methods

-Summary

Chapter 3. Stabilization Mechanisms in the Lumbar Spine

-The Posterior Ligamentous System

-The Thoracolumbar Fascia

-Trunk Muscle Action

-Intra-Abdominal Pressure Mechanism

Part II. Exercises for Establishing Stability
Chapter 4. Teaching Your Clients the Basic Skills

-Teaching Your Clients to Control Pelvic Tilt

-Teaching Your Clients to Identify and Assume the Neutral Position

-Teaching Your Clients to Use Abdominal Hollowing

-Teaching Your Clients to Contract the Multifidus Muscles at Will

Chapter 5. Muscle Imbalance

-Basic Concepts

-Muscle Adaptation to Injury, Immobilization, and Training

-Training Specificity

-Changes in Muscle Length

-Principles of Muscle Stretching

-Stretching Target Muscles
Chapter 6. Basic Abdominal Muscle Training

-Current Practice in Abdominal Training

-Modifications of Traditional Abdominal Exercises

-Ab Roller Exercises

Chapter 7. Posture

-Optimal Postural Alignment

-Postural Stability and Body Sway

-Basic Postural Assessment

-Principles of Postural Correction

-Posture Types and How to Correct Them

Part III. Building Back Fitness
Chapter 8. Advanced Stability Training

-Superimposed Limb Movements and Balance Boards

-Stability Ball Exercises

-Proprioceptive Training

Chapter 9. More Advanced Stability Training: Weight Training and Plyometrics

-Weight Training

-Using Plyometrics to Train for Power and Speed

Part IV. Putting It All Together
Chapter 10. Building a Back Stability Program for Your Client

-Preliminary Assessment of Your Client

-General Principles For Designing a Stability Program

-Parallel Tracks in Designing a Stability Program

-Designing an Advanced Stability Program

Chapter 11. Preventing Back Injuries and Reinjuries

-Keeping the Spine Vertical

-Principles of Lifting in the Home and on the Job

Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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