Muscles, Masses And Motion / Edition 1

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Overview

This book reviews normal muscle tone and how it differs in spastic, thixotropic and hypotonic patients. The book contains practical advice on measuring the postural system and will be of interest to pediatricians and also to physiologists involved in investigating muscle tone.

This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Charles E. Sisung, MD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book is a compendium of the current knowledge about the biomechanics of movement control in normal persons and a reinterpretation of the neurophysiologic aspects of a disturbed motor system.
Purpose: The author, a well known physiologist, attempts an explanation of clinically-observed muscular weakness and stiffness by the application of vaguely applied biomechanical principles.
Audience: The book, which seems to be intended for clinicians, may be more appropriate for researchers of abnormal movement states.
Features: The book features an interesting table of contents; however, the chapters are loosely organized with often difficult-to-interpret illustrations. A glossary of biomechanical terms may be of interest, although its application to the muscular system is occasionally confusing.
Assessment: The book may be of curious significance to those interested in biomechanics and the concepts of inertia, resonant frequency, thixotrophy, and the plastic characteristics of muscle; however, clinical applicability will need further study.
Charles E. Sisung
This book is a compendium of the current knowledge about the biomechanics of movement control in normal persons and a reinterpretation of the neurophysiologic aspects of a disturbed motor system. The author, a well known physiologist, attempts an explanation of clinically-observed muscular weakness and stiffness by the application of vaguely applied biomechanical principles. The book, which seems to be intended for clinicians, may be more appropriate for researchers of abnormal movement states. The book features an interesting table of contents; however, the chapters are loosely organized with often difficult-to-interpret illustrations. A glossary of biomechanical terms may be of interest, although its application to the muscular system is occasionally confusing. The book may be of curious significance to those interested in biomechanics and the concepts of inertia, resonant frequency, thixotrophy, and the plastic characteristics of muscle; however, clinical applicability will need further study.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521432290
  • Publisher: MacKeith Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/2011
  • Series: Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series , #12
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 Concepts, Clinical Methods and Contractions 1
2 Historical and Elementary Methods of Measuring Muscle Tone 22
3 Displacement as the Independent Variable 38
4 Torque as the Independent Variable 43
5 Feedback-Induced Changes 59
6 Measurements of Stiffness and Inertia in Absolute Units 67
7 Thixotropy: A Time-Dependent Stiffness 78
8 Hypotonia 103
9 The Use of Abruptly Alternating Torques to Investigate the Postural System 118
10 Hypertonia: Rigidity, Spasticity and Other Conditions 133
11 Whole Body Vibrations and Integrative Aspects 166
12 Glossary of Biomechanical Terms 191
References 205
Index 215
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