Description: The author of this text presents a new method to enhance the healing of ligament and tendon injury, which relies upon the integration of a number of manual therapy procedures. He lays out first the physiology behind tendon and ligament damage and healing, then presents the manual methodologies, and finally demonstrates them in a series of case studies.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the problems associated with effective healing of tendon and ligament injury via a new manual therapy approach.
Audience: This will be of interest mainly to physical therapists, kinesiologists and other allied health practitioners. It will also be of some interest to chiropractors and osteopaths. Students will find the book quite friendly.
Features: The main special feature of the text is a section devoted to case studies of patients who have suffered a variety of different injuries to tendons and ligaments. Each report has a breakdown organized by week, so that the flow of therapy, and of healing, can be followed easily. These act as quasi-algorithms in that they help show the flow of clinical action and activity.
Assessment: With this publication, the author covers a broad range of manual therapies, but not in a great deal of detail. However, what he does cover he later integrates via the case study section, so that the material is reinforced and enhanced. He also presents a rather novel approach to handling a significant part of the clinical population seeking care from practitioners such as chiropractors or osteopaths, as well as physical therapists.