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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kimberly M Martin, MS, ATC (The Ohio State University Medical Center)
Description: This comprehensive guide to stretching as part of a rehabilitation treatment plan for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions provides visual depictions of a variety of stretches that can be used by a practitioner or patient with a specific injury.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction or a reference for healthcare providers to incorporate stretching into rehabilitation treatment plans. It explains why stretching is important, discusses precautions, and provides visual references of a comprehensive group of stretches.
Audience: The book is written for a variety of healthcare students/practitioners who specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. The author is a physiotherapist and a sports massage therapist. With this clinical background coupled with experience from providing continuing professional development workshops, she has the level of expertise necessary to compile a comprehensive guide.
Features: This is an excellent guide for incorporating stretching into a therapeutic treatment or rehabilitation protocol. The necessity of including the goals and methods of measuring progress of stretching is highlighted in the book, something which often seems to be left out of a typical treatment plan. The book includes photographs for all stretches that show correct body alignment and hand placement of patient and practitioner. Also included are progressions for some stretches as the patient becomes more comfortable, or as the injury or condition continues to heal. The book also has suggestions for both active and passive stretching, and when each might be indicated or contraindicated.
Assessment: This book will be useful to practitioners who want to incorporate stretching into their treatment or rehabilitation protocols. It also would be a good visual reference for patients to use for a home program. The approach is novel, arranging recommended stretches by injury or condition, rather than just body part.