Chiropractic Manipulative Skills / Edition 2

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"Chiropractic Manipulative Skills is a highly illustrated introductory text which presents the basic skills required in order to carry out manipulative procedures safely and effectively. It takes a unique approach to chiropractic manipulative skills learning by describing many common diversified skills in a sequential fashion for all regions of the spine and pelvis." Essential reading for all chiropractors, both students and practitioners, Chiropractic Manipulative Skills will also be of interest to all those performing spinal manipulation whether they be physicians, osteopaths or physiotherapists.
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Reviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This comprehensive teaching manual for manipulative and adjustive skills emphasizes the psychomotor skills that students must master to render an effective chiropractic adjustment. Thus, it first examines the educational aspects of teaching such skills, briefly discusses biomechanics, and then spends the majority of the text taking a regional approach to the specific adjustive techniques that Dr. Byfield utilizes. For each region of the body (i.e., lumbar spine, cervical spine, etc.) a number of techniques are described, with specific information relating to the positioning of the doctor and the patient, as well as how to place the hand and deliver the force needed for the procedure.
Purpose: It is intended to provide the student with a sense of manipulative finesse — that is, a level of clinical competence in the use of these techniques — and to stress mastery of these skills through application of time and energy.
Audience: The primary audience is specifically chiropractic students. This book will be of less use to field practitioners, most of whom will have already gained a level of mastery in adjustive skills. There may also be interest in this text from others involved in manual therapy, such as physical therapists, osteopaths, etc.
Features: This book is supported by hundreds of photographic illustrations, demonstrating the many techniques discussed in the book. Each illustration also contains a lengthy caption, so that one can easily follow the procedure being demonstrated. There is a regional approach used here, with separate chapters given to different anatomical regions. There are three appendixes, on identifying spinal landmarks, cardinal rules, and a recommended sequence of manipulative skills.
Assessment: Certainly, as a teaching manual to be used in a chiropractic laboratory this will serve quite well. It does a fine job of demonstrating a slew of different chiropractic techniques. However, a few points hamper it. For one, the author references an older technique manual, the one by Al States (published in 1968) but fails to cite the more modern update of that text by Kirk, et al. (published in 1985). The Kirk version is in much wider usage, is more modern and should receive the citation, given that some of these procedures are close to those in that text. Some of the illustrations are hard to follow; those that try to demonstrate motion, in which two photos were laid on top of one another, become sort of muddy. The emphasis upon the psychomotor aspect is rather novel, and can be a good selling point. But, chiropractic technique books always have a hard road to acceptance because every college uses its own. If the book does not follow the specific manner of technique at a given college, then it cannot be used as a primary text. This is a good, but not essential, book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443100963
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/8/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 0.99 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 7.44 (d)

Meet the Author

David Byfield graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada in 1979 and has since been in private practice and chiropractic education. He is currently a Principal Lecturer, Head of the Chiropractic Division in the Department of Professional Education and Service Delivery, the Faculty of Health, Sport & Science and Head of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University of Glamorgan.
David holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (1974) and an MPhil degree from Southampton University, Southampton UK (1998). David holds Fellowship status with the College of Chiropractors and the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Chiropractic Orthopaedic, Associate Member of the Sports & Exercise Faculty, Fellow of the British Chiropractic Association and Founding Fellow of the European Academy of Chiropractic. He written two popular chiropractic textbooks (Chiropractic Manipulative Skills, 1st ed 1996 & 2nd ed 2005 & A Manual Therapist’s Guide to Surface Anatomy and Palpation Skills, 2002) and in addition has also published a number of scientific papers in the peer-reviewed literature and a number of book chapters covering diagnostic palpation, spinal manipulation, low back syndromes and functional rehabilitation.
David Byfield is also an invited speaker at a number of professional and interdisciplinary meetings and conferences worldwide. He is currently an elected member of the General Chiropractic Council in the UK and currently sits on their Education Committee and Communications Advisory Group.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to manipulative skills 3
1 Educational aspects of the teaching and learning of manual psychomotor skills 19
2 Some biomechanical considerations in manipulative skills training - an evidence-based investigation 35
3 The physiology of skill performance 65
4 Postural considerations for the practitioner 83
5 Hand-arm-shoulder positional skills 111
6 Manipulative thrust skills, other movements and related exercises 139
7 Patient positioning skills 187
8 Identification of important spinal landmarks 205
9 Pelvic/sacroiliac manipulative skills 213
10 Lumbar spine manipulative skills 245
11 Thoracic spine manipulative skills 289
12 Cervical spine manipulative skills 339
13 Paediatric manipulative skills 403
14 Manipulative skills for the pregnant patient 421
15 Manipulative skills for the elderly/geriatric patient 441
App. I Summary of cardinal rules 463
App. II Recommended sequence of manipulative skills and other considerations 467
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