Maintaining Body Balance, Flexibility & Stability

1st Edition

A Practical Guide to the Prevention & Treatment of Musculoskeletal Pain & Dysfunction

Authors: Leon Chaitow
Print ISBN: 9780443073519
eBook ISBN: 9780702036545
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 18th December 2003
Page Count: 216


With a focus on helping clients participate in the self-management of their own treatment, this collection of effective and safe techniques and exercises provides practical information on relaxing muscles in spasm and easing associated muscular pain. Reader-friendly and accessible, it provides numerous exercises that can be used to treat existing conditions or to prevent further injury. While the exercises can be used in a management program under the direction of any therapist involved in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, they are also ideal for home use — so patients can do them without special equipment or the assistance of others.

Key Features

  • Safe and effective exercise techniques help patients relieve tense muscles and ease related pain.
  • Numerous, colorful illustrations are included throughout the text to provide a better understanding of techniques.
  • Clear and easy-to-follow explanations of each technique improve readability and comprehension.
  • Expert guidance helps readers select the appropriate exercise for each situation.
  • Content helps patients remember what the therapist wants them to do between one consultation and the next.
  • The role of the patient in maintaining his or her own fitness is emphasized to ensure successful treatment outcomes.
  • All of the exercises can be done at home — without special equipment or hands-on involvement of the practitioner.
  • Plastic cards inside the back cover provide exercises and instructions for patients to use at home.

Table of Contents

Instructing patients in self-help techniques
Explaining the different forms of muscle energy technique
Explanations and summaries of MET methods
Muscles: types and tests
Muscle energy techniques in action
Explaining trigger points and their importance
Self-mobilisation methods
Strain and counterstrain techniques


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About the Author

Leon Chaitow

Leon Chaitow ND DO is an internationally known and respected osteopathic and naturopathic practitioner and teacher of soft tissue manipulation methods of treatment. He is author of over 60 books, including a series on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation (Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release Techniques, Modern Neuromuscular Techniques) and also Palpation Skills; Cranial Manipulation: Theory and Practice; Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treatment, and many more. He is editor of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, that offers a multidisciplinary perspective on physical methods of patient care. Leon Chaitow was for many years senior lecturer on the Therapeutic Bodywork degree courses which he helped to design at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, where is he now an Honorary Fellow. He continues to teach and practice part-time in London, when not in Corfu, Greece where he focuses on his writing.

Affiliations and Expertise

Registered Osteopath and Naturopath; Honorary Fellow and Former Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK; Fellow, British Naturopathic Association.; Fellow, College of Osteopaths, UK