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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: Information pertaining to the use of active exercise is provided in this book, alongside manual procedures. The first several chapters are intended as background information, then contributors provide evaluation principles and applications as well as computer-aided performance testing procedures, before they finally delve into principles of manual treatment. Thus they give a thorough overview of modem rehabilitation concepts before they join them to modern principles of manual therapy.
Purpose: The main objective is to provide a resource manual on the role that active exercise plays in reducing the likelihood of spinal injury, in maintaining or enhancing spinal health, and in the outpatient rehabilitation of individuals with spinal dysfunction.
Audience: While written largely for the chiropractic profession, this book interest others far beyond the chiropractic profession. I think it will be useful for anyone practicing any form of manual therapy (e.g., osteopaths, physiatrists), as well as physical therapists, exercise physiologists, rehabilitation specialists, and researchers.
Features: There are five main sections to the text. In the first section background information is provided on active exercise principles, including discussions of high versus low technology, emergency principles, and database and outcome management. Evaluation principles and procedures are covered in the section section, and a chapter on McKenzie technique is included here, as is information on functional capacity evaluation, the focused orthopedic exam, psychosocial profiling, cardiac evaluation, and radiological applications. In the third section contributors look closely at computer-aided performance testing, including three forms of dynamometry and 3-D kinematics. Manual treatment principles are examined in the fourth section, with a look at means to integrate active exercise with manual therapy, and exercise applications and methods are covered in the last section.
Assessment: The scope of coverage in this book will ensure that it is used both inside and outside the chiropractic profession. Some of the world's leading researchers and clinicians examine low back pain and rehabilitation principles, and there are contributions from a number of different disciplines. The editor brings together in one text information that can otherwise only be found by combing through numerous texts. Especially strong is the section on computer-aided performance testing, where a number of clinical pearls are included. It helps make reading computerized data printouts so much easier. It also ties in beautifully the concepts of manipulation with exercise. All in all, this is a very fine text.