Positional Release Therapy: Assessment & Treatment of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction / Edition 1

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Overview

The most up-to-date professional reference text on positional release therapy, this high-quality clinical text is applicable to the entire musculoskeletal system and easily integrated into physical therapy, chiropractic and osteopathic curriculums. With more than 600 illustrations and photos, this reader-friendly book clearly demonstrates tender point locations, treatment positions and other key topics. Written by clinicians who studied under the technique's inventor, this is a must-have for students and health care professionals who practice manual medicine.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: Positional release technique (PRT) is a form of manual therapy that grew from the work of an osteopath, Dr. Lawrence Jones. It is designed to reduce musculoskeletal dysfunction and reduce the effects of soft tissue injury by reducing joint hypomobility and improving articular balance. This book provides a historical overview of the technique, gives a rationale for its use, describes its use in the clinical setting, and then describes many of its specific procedures and techniques.
Purpose: The authors state that their purpose is to provide the practitioner with a powerful set of tools to precisely and consistently resolve difficult cases of soft tissue injury and musculoskeletal dysfunction. They do so in an orderly, organized, and logical manner.
Audience: The main audience for this book will be physical therapists, chiropractic physicians, and osteopaths. Students in all three of these disciplines will find this quite useful. There may also be interest in this by medical physiatrists, other practitioners of manual medicine, and by bodywork specialists.
Features: The centerpiece for this book is chapter 6, "Treatment Procedures." Nearly 190 pages in length, this chapter provides a detailed look at the specific techniques and methods that altogether comprise PRT. This chapter is organized by body region. For each region, discussions of the location of tender points are included, and the specific treatment technique is explained. This is amply illustrated by high-quality photographs and line drawings. Other chapters give information on the history of the technique, a rationale for its use, how to make clinical decisions that allow for the appropriate selection of a specific method, and on the clinical principles that make the technique useful. The final chapter looks to the future of the procedure. There is also a nice glossary of specialized terms used in this technique.
Assessment: I was impressed with the thoroughness of the material presented in chapter 6. This is by far the most important section of the book, and it is quite comprehensive in scope. I was less impressed with the thoroughness of information regarding diagnosis, and felt that it could be expanded so that the technique could be placed into a broader context of either chiropractic, osteopathic, or physical therapy assessment. My feeling is that these different groups will contextualize this material in different ways. In addition, the book is slightly hampered by a lack of easily retrievable references; chapter 6, for example, while nearly 190 pages in length, has only 23 references. There is no easy solution here, but there might be other sources for information that were not tapped. Overall, this is a useful book for those who want information on this technique.
Dana J. Lawrence
Positional release technique (PRT) is a form of manualtherapy that grew from the work of an osteopath, Dr. Lawrence Jones. It is designed to reduce musculoskeletal dysfunction and reduce theeffects of soft tissue injury by reducing joint hypomobility andimproving articular balance. This book provides a historical overviewof the technique, gives a rationale for its use, describes its use inthe clinical setting, and then describes many of its specificprocedures and techniques. The authors state that their purpose is toprovide the practitioner with a powerful set of tools to precisely andconsistently resolve difficult cases of soft tissue injury andmusculoskeletal dysfunction. They do so in an orderly, organized, andlogical manner. The main audience for this book will be physicaltherapists, chiropractic physicians, and osteopaths. Students in allthree of these disciplines will find this quite useful. There may alsobe interest in this by medical physiatrists, other practitioners ofmanual medicine, and by bodywork specialists. The centerpiece forthis book is chapter 6, ""Treatment Procedures."" Nearly 190 pages inlength, this chapter provides a detailed look at the specifictechniques and methods that altogether comprise PRT. This chapter isorganized by body region. For each region, discussions of the locationof tender points are included, and the specific treatment technique isexplained. This is amply illustrated by high-quality photographs andline drawings. Other chapters give information on the history of thetechnique, a rationale for its use, how to make clinical decisions thatallow for the appropriate selection of a specific method, and on theclinical principles that make thetechnique useful. The final chapterlooks to the future of the procedure. There is also a nice glossary ofspecialized terms used in this technique. I was impressed with thethoroughness of the material presented in chapter 6. This is by far themost important section of the book, and it is quite comprehensive inscope. I was less impressed with the thoroughness of informationregarding diagnosis, and felt that it could be expanded so that thetechnique could be placed into a broader context of eitherchiropractic, osteopathic, or physical therapy assessment. My feelingis that these different groups will contextualize this material indifferent ways. In addition, the book is slightly hampered by a lackof easily retrievable references; chapter 6, for example, while nearly190 pages in length, has only 23 references. There is no easy solutionhere, but there might be other sources for information that were nottapped. Overall, this is a useful book for those who want informationon this technique.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815100966
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,003,580
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

President Therapeutic Systems Inc., Sarasota, FL

Faculty Department of Post-Graduate and Continuing Education, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Origins of Positional Release Therapy 1
Ch. 2 The Rational for Positional Release Therapy 7
Ch. 3 Therapeutic Decisions 19
Ch. 4 Clinical Principles 27
Ch. 5 Positional Release Therapy Scanning Evaluation 35
Ch. 6 Treatment Procedures 39
Ch. 7 The Use of Positional Release Therapy in Clinical Practice 221
Ch. 8 New Horizons 227
Appendix 231
Glossary 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    Easy to understand

    The book is easy to understand and the concepts are very interesting.

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