Grieve's Modern Manual Therapy

The Vertebral Column

This multidisciplinary text, authored and edited by internationally renowned professionals, brings together the latest research in the field of manual therapy. Extensively illustrated and fully referenced, it provides an evidence-based examination of the work of leading researchers and presents their findings in a format that is easily accessible and directly relevant to clinical practice.

Hardbound, 660 Pages

Published: March 2005

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-07155-3


  • SECTION 1 — Introduction to modern manual therapy
    1. The future scope of manual therapy
    SECTION 2 — Foundation sciences for manual therapy
    2. Comparative anatomy of the spinal disc
    3. Comparative anatomy of the zygapophysical joints
    4. Kinematics of the spine
    5. Chemistry of the intervertebral disc in relation to functional requirements
    6. Clinical biomechanics of the thoracic spine including the ribcage
    7. Clinical biomechanics of the lumbar spine
    8. Clinical biomechanics of lifting
    9. Motor control of the cervical spine
    10. Motor control of the trunk
    11. The lumbar fasciae and spinal stability
    12. Neurophysiology of pain and pain modulation
    13. The effect of pain on motor control
    14. The spine and the effect of aging
    SECTION 3 — Clinical sciences for manual therapy of spine
    15. How inflammation and minor nerve injury contribute to pain in nerve root and peripheral neuropathies
    16. Chronic pain and motor control
    17. Cervical vertigo
    18. The cervical spine and proprioception
    19. The vertebral artery and vertebrobasilar insufficiency
    20. Mechanisms underlying pain and dysfunction in whiplash associated disorders: implications for physiotherapy
    21. The cervical spine and headache
    22. ‘Clinical instability’ of the lumbar spine: its pathological basis, diagnosis and conservative management
    23. Abdominal pain of musculoskeletal origin
    24. Osteoporosis
    SECTION 4 — Clinical science and practices of manual therapy
    25. Neurophysiological effects of spinal manual therapy
    26. Manual therapy and tissue stiffness
    27. Clinical reasoning in the diagnosis and management of spinal pain
    27A. The integration of validity theory into clinical reasoning: a beneficial process?
    28. Management of mechanosensitivity of the nervous system in spinal pain syndromes
    29. The use of taping for pain relief in the management of spinal pain
    30. The rationale for a motor control program for the treatment of spinal muscle dysfunction
    31. A therapeutic exercise approach for cervical disorders
    32. A contemporary approach to manual therapy
    33. The management of pelvic joint pain and dysfunction
    34. Pelvic floor dysfunction in low back and sacroiliac dysfunction
    35. Vascular syndromes presenting as pain of spinal origin
    36. Adverse effects of cervical manipulative therapy
    37. Managing chronic pain
    SECTION 5 — Establishing evidence base for manual therapy
    38. A case for evidence based practice in manual therapy
    39. Methodological and practical issues in clinical trials on manual therapy
    40. Outcomes assessment and measurement in spinal musculoskeletal disorders
    41. Critical appraisal of randomised trials, systematic reviews of randomised trials and clinical practice guidelines
    42. Establishing treatment guidelines for manual therapy of spinal syndromes


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