Chiropractic Manipulative Skills / Edition 1

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Extensively illustrated and thoroughly referenced, this practical text gives a step-by-step guide to a wide variety of mobilization and manipulative skills covering the spine and pelvis.
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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: 9780750609685
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/9/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272

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

Foreword; Introduction; Educational aspects of the teaching and learning of skills; Some biomechanical considerations in manipulative skills training; The physiology of skill performance; Postural considerations for the practitioner; Hand/arm/shoulder positional skills; Thrust skills and other movements; Patient positioning skills; Pelvic/sacroiliac manipulative skills; Lumbar spine manipulative skills; Thoracic spine manipulative skills; Cervical spine manipulative skills; Identification of important spinal landmarks; A summary of cardinal rules; Recommended sequence of manipulative skills and other considerations; Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    How to forge a career from a few simple osteopathic moves

    When I first read this book as a chiropractor, I assumed the text was aimed at physiotherapists, or possibly osteopaths, given the extremely basic non-specific 'adjustments'depicted in this book. However, the book provides a lovely synopsis for those wishing to crack the odd joint at a dinner party etc. I have read the book a few times, but cannot understand where the pages teaching x-ray line drawings, correcting multiple planes of joint dysfunction (the cartesian X,Y,Z coordinates)have gone to. Also the publishers may have accidentally misplaced the pages on subluxation, the fundamental tenet of chiropractic which according to the author, deserves no mention in this book. On a brighter note, it is refreshing to see that the author has drawn a wealth of literature from old chiropractic greats, such as the BJ Palmer green books, plus some of the finer points of adjusting by Clarence Gonstead. The book worships the mighty temple of evidence based practice from start to finish, but given the author's own extensive personal experience, one is amazed to see nothing on internal coccyx adjustments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Consider Carefully

    I love the irony here...Byfield knows nothing, yet he sets exams and writes books! Where's the RCT's?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    The Old Chiropractic Text

    Great book Byfield, now get on with teaching the Chiropractic module without the Canadian Salesman Routine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2001

    A 'cracker' of a book

    The book is great, but it would be nice if Dr Byfield stopped using practical lessons as a commercial slot to sell us his (possibly overpriced) book. Other than that, buy it. Hopefully, when the new edition comes out, I won't have to remortgage my house to afford a copy.

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