Muscles and Meridians - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780702031090, 9780702043642

Muscles and Meridians

1st Edition

The Manipulation of Shape

Authors: Phillip Beach
eBook ISBN: 9780702043642
eBook ISBN: 9780702048692
Paperback ISBN: 9780702031090
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 9th November 2010
Page Count: 220

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Muscles and Meridians is a unique book that breaks new conceptual ground in the realm of human movement. Exploring the connection between evolutionary biology and Chinese meridians, the volume offers a novel and effective system of diagnosis and treatment of common musculoskeletal disorders.

Key Features


  • Describes a new model of human movement - the Contractile Field model
  • Offers a rare and serious attempt to look at whole person movement patterns – akin to ‘Anatomy Trains’ but with a stronger link to vertebrate evolution and development
  • Suggests that much of our endemic back and leg pain is due to a loss of ease in postures that are ‘archetypal’ to mankind
  • Offers a profound new understanding of the world’s oldest medical map, the Chinese meridian map

Table of Contents

1. A wriggle in deep time

2. Embryological morphogenesis

3. Modelling movement

4. Lateral contractile field (L-CF)

5. Dorso/ventral contractile field (D/V-CF)

6. Helical contractile field (H-CF)

7. Limb contractile fields (Limb-CFs)

8. Radial contractile field (R-CF)

9. Chiralic contractile field (C-CF)

10. Fluid field (F-F)

11. Archetypal postures: a self-tuning mechanism

12. Decoding the Chinese meridial map

13. Manipulating shape

Abbreviations and glossary


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About the Author

Phillip Beach

Graduated BCNO (now BCOM) 1983. Taught osteopathic technique BCNO 1986-2003, taught osteopathic rehabilitation at the BSO 1997-2003.

London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1986-1990

Keynote Lecture, 1st International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research, London 1999

Workshop, 4th Pan Pacific Medical Acupuncture Forum, Taupo, New Zealand, 2004

Private practice, Wellington, New Zealand 2004 -

Affiliations and Expertise

Osteopathic and Acupuncture Practitioner, Wellington, New Zealand