Spinal Manipulation Made Simple: A Manual of Soft Tissue Techniques

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In Spacious Body: Explorations in Somatic Ontology, Jeffrey Maitland explored the philosophical implications of Rolfing, interrogating different kinds of will and showing how people can begin to understand their core fixations and conflicted orientations and move to creative transformations. His moving descriptions of healing showed how a new understanding of how the human body works can create a transformation of the spirit.

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Overview

In Spacious Body: Explorations in Somatic Ontology, Jeffrey Maitland explored the philosophical implications of Rolfing, interrogating different kinds of will and showing how people can begin to understand their core fixations and conflicted orientations and move to creative transformations. His moving descriptions of healing showed how a new understanding of how the human body works can create a transformation of the spirit.

In this new more physiological book, Maitland stays with the myofascial release techniques invented by Rolfing, but focuses the reader's attention on the problem of joint fixations which underlie many soft-tissue pain syndromes. His attention is especially on how to ease back pain and bring the body into a more comfortable alignment, because back pain is a major complaint dealt with by chiropractors, Rolfers, massage therapists, and physical therapists. Maitland shows how to elegantly releasejoint fixations in the spine, sacrum, pelvis, and ribcage by using subtle soft-tissue techniques, rather than the high-velocity low-amplitude thrusting techniques that "pop" the joints. This gentler kind of individualized Rolfing work is thoroughly described within an explanation of biomechanics, aided by drawings and photographs which depict techniques and anatomy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556433528
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 473,896
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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As somatic therapists our goal is not to make clients measure up to some external standard that we impose on them by means of somatic ideals andformulistic protocols, but to try to discover the limitations that stand in the way of them becoming who they are - and then to release theirfixations in theright order.
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Table of Contents

Introduction                                xi
Chapter 1: Our Fine Spine: The Backbone of Structural Integrity 1
Chapter 2: Primates in Trouble or Where Does Your Back Go When it goes out? 13
Chapter 3: Finding and Fixing the Fixations 27
Chapter 4: The Neck 35
Chapter 5: Motion Testing the Cervical Spine 51
Chapter 6: The Atlas and Occiput 61
Chapter 7: The Sacrum 71
Chapter 8: The Pelvis 95
Chapter 9: The Ribs 113
Chapter 10: Odds and Ends 129
Bibliography 157
Index 161
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    Great book for Bodyworkers of all styles

    Jeffrey Maitland has done a great service for Bodyworkers everywhere. In this book Maitland details excellent assessment and soft-tissue based manipulation techniques. The techniques cover the full range of joint fixations that the bodyworker is likely to encounter. Maitland's clear, detailed writing style make it easy to learn these exceptionally valuable techniques. The ONLY downside to this book, are a few typographical errors that might throw off the novice.

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