Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Blagman, EdD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This new book begins by describing a theoretical framework for complementary therapies useful in rehabilitation. It provides descriptions, research, and case studies of a wide range of therapies,
Purpose: The purpose is to help legitimize treatment approaches that will complement traditional rehabilitation approaches, to encourage return to true healing to health care, and to encourage more research assuring safe, effective use of the therapies for patients.
Audience: This book is written for both professionals and lay people working with clients/family with chronic illness, need for rehabilitation, or desire to prevent illness or maintain wellness. The authors are physical therapists, both clinicians and academicians with extensive study and experience in the therapies they present.
Features: A few pertinent illustrations are included. References include major authors in each field and are current. The book is good looking and readable. In-depth discussion of each therapy includes sections on manual therapies, body-mind therapies, movement awareness, traditional Chinese medicine, and subtle energy manipulation.
Assessment: This delightful, very readable book is a helpful adjunct to anyone in the healing professions, but especially for those in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing. The descriptions of each technique are quite thorough, although they are meant to introduce the reader to its usefulness, not teach how to do the procedure. The theoretical underpinnings of each therapy are followed by both research findings and anecdotal studies.