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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This text contains a comprehensive set of chiropractic manipulative procedures used for treating involvements of the extremity joints. In addition, a thorough foundation in the anatomy, biomechanics, and neurology of the peripheral joints is presented.
Purpose: The primary purpose, according to the editor, is to provide a comprehensive volume of practical, clinically well-tried adjustive methods for the peripheral joints, reflecting the rich diversity of mainstream peripheral joint techniques available to the chiropractor, along with methods of evaluating accessory joint motion for applying those techniques, the role of exercise, and the neurological implications of peripheral joint problems.
Audience: This book is written for chiropractors, especially those now in chiropractic college and involved in learning chiropractic technique for the first time. It will also be useful for osteopaths and physical therapists.
Features: The book has two major sections, and one is a presentation of information of anatomical and biomechanical nature. This includes information on joint kinematics, neurological implications of joint involvement, motion palpation procedures, and rehabilitation principles with specific exercise recommendations. The second, and lengthier, section is a joint-by-joint exposition of technique. Here procedures used for involvements that require different kinds of motions are described. Based largely upon motion assessment, this book is strongly within the mainstream of modern chiropractic adjusting technique.
Assessment: I find this a wonderful text, which contains so much useful information that I only wish I had written it. I believe that the editor does a superb job of presenting an approach to chiropractic adjusting based upon modern joint assessment procedures and rigorous science. This is material that can be used along with any other form of chiropractic technique, because no one specific system is followed. I highly recommend this text.