Informed Touch: A Clinician's Guide to the Evaluation and Treatment of Myofascial Disorders

Informed Touch: A Clinician's Guide to the Evaluation and Treatment of Myofascial Disorders


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A clinical reference manual for the evaluation and treatment of muscle pain.

• Detailed color illustrations of pain patterns and trigger-point locations.

• First accessible reference manual for acupuncturists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical, occupational, and massage therapists.

In this easy-to-use guide to the treatment of muscle pain, medical educators Steven and Donna Finando present evaluation and palpation techniques for reducing trigger points—and thereby alleviating pain—in the most clinically significant musculature of the body. A "user's manual" for health care practitioners, Informed Touch examines a wide range of pain patterns and their treatment. Introductory chapters include discussion of the oriental medicine concept of Qi and its relationship to myology, information on trigger point location and activation, and palpatory skill-building techniques. Detailed information on each muscle, including pain-pattern and trigger-point illustrations and specific palpation instructions, allows clinicians to locate specific areas quickly and accurately. A visual index, showing reduced versions of the pain-pattern illustrations, makes it easy for clinicians to identify the muscles that may be involved in a patient's complaint. Informed Touch answers the reference needs of the growing community of physical and occupational therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and massage therapists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892817405
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Edition description: REV
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 620,468
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Steven Finando, Ph.D., L.Ac., is Director of Development at the Tri-State Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in New York City. An original commissioner on the National Acupuncture Certification Board, he currently sits on the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Donna Finando, L.Ac., develops curricula in oriental healing techniques at schools of oriental medicine throughout the country. She has extensive experience teaching myology and myofascial median therapy to health care practitioners. Steven and Donna live and practice on Long Island.

Table of Contents

Informed Touch:
A Clinician's Guide to the Evaluation and Treatment of Myofascial Disorders
Introduction: A Gathering of Forces: Toward an Era of Interdisciplinary Cooperation in the Treatment of Pain
1. The Nature of Muscles and Trigger Points
2. Qi, Movement, and Health
3. Informed Touch
4. Diagnosis and Treatment
5. How to Use This Manual
Movers of the Head and Neck
Movers of the Shoulder Girdle
Movers of the Upper Limb
Movers of the Torso
Movers of the Lower Limb
Appendix 1 Meridian Pathways
Appendix 2 On Cutaneous Zones
Appendix 3 Commonly Used Acupoints
Pain Pattern Index
Symptom Index

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"Knowing how to touch the human body when it is in distress is the skill that links bodyworkers with physical- and oriental-medicine practitioners. Nowhere is this knowledge more developed than in the seminal work on trigger-point release of Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons.Their magnum opus now becomes eminently accessible in this clinically pragmatic manual. Informed Touch belongs in the office of every professional practicing a physical medicine of any kind."

"This insightful book points out a new direction in medical therapeutics. It clearly delineates where the energetic field of the body intersects and animates the physical structure. By acting at this intersection, true healing can take place."

"Informed Touch represents a gallant and courageous adventure into the true realm of complementary medicine. Never before have the disciplines of myofascial pain release and meridian therapy been so beautifully and practically connected. Simply put, this book is a must for all practitioners of hands-on medicine."

"Donna and Steven Finando have married some of the finest techniques that eastern and western physical medicine have to offer. Incredibly, they have done this in a single text, with excellent graphics, charts, and guidelines to specific soft-tissue work. This essential guide takes the place of many large volumes, especially when information is needed immediately. I highly recommend Informed Touch for not only the experienced practitioner, but for students as well."

"A fascinating manual on the treatment of muscular disorders presented in a clear and orderly format that is easy to follow and to understand. Informed Touch should be of interest and value to anyone involved in pain management."

"Informed Touch is a well-written and concise text on myofascial pain. Both the seasoned practitioner and student of massage will gain invaluable information about the relationship between myofascial pain syndromes, trigger points, movement and traditional Chinese medicine."

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