The Science & Practice of Manual Therapy - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780443074325, 9780702039621

The Science & Practice of Manual Therapy

2nd Edition

Author: Eyal Lederman
Paperback ISBN: 9780443074325
eBook ISBN: 9780702039621
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 18th January 2005
Page Count: 336

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This practical book offers an extensive examination of how manual therapy (MT) techniques work, and how to match the most suitable techniques to different conditions. Drawing on evidence-based research, it explores the physiological, neurological and psychophysiological responses of the human body to MT techniques. In doing so, it helps MT practitioners deliver a more effective and safer treatment for a broader range of conditions.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive overview helps provide an understanding of how and why MT techniques work.
  • Content is written in jargon-free, easy-to-read style, with most terms explained.
  • Text is enhanced by over 120 diagrams, photographs and tables.
  • Manual pain relief is extensively discussed throughout the book.
  • Section 1 examines the direct effects of manual therapy on connective tissue and muscle physiology, examining how MT can help assist repair and adaptation processes in these tissues.
  • Section 2 examines the effect of MT on the neuromuscular system, identifying conditions where neuromuscular dysfunctions can be treated by MT.
  • Section 3 examines the psychological, emotional and behavioral impacts of MT, in addition to the psychophysiological affects of MT, including psychomotor, neuroendocrine, and autonomic responses.
  • More than 1,000 references relevant to manual therapy are included, making this an essential source book for students and researchers of MT.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

    SECTION 1 The effect of manipulation on the tissue organization
    2. Manual therapy in the tissue dimension
    3. Assisting repair with manual therapy
    4. Affecting fluid flow with manual therapy
    5. Assisting adaptation: manual stretching
    6. Pain relief by manual therapy: the local tissue dimension
    7. Overview and summary of Section 1

    SECTION 2 Neurological organization in manual therapy
    8. Manual therapy in the neurological dimension
    9. The motor system
    10. Proprioceptive stimulation by manual therapy techniques
    11. Affecting the lower motor system with manual therapy
    12. The adaptive code for neuromuscular re-abilitation
    13. Abilities, inability and re-abilitation
    14. Treating the intact motor system: behavioural and psychomotor dysfunctions
    15. Neuromuscular organisation in musculoskeletal damage
    16. Re-abilitating the damaged motor system
    17. Pain relief by manual therapy – neurological mechanisms
    18. Muscle tone
    19. Overview and summary of Section 2

    SECTION 3 Psychological and psychophysiological processes in manual therapy
    20. Manual therapy in the psychological/psychophysiological dimension
    21. Origins of therapeutic potential of touch
    22. Psychological influences of manual therapy
    23. Psychophysiology of manual therapy
    24. Manual therapy in the psychosomatic field
    25. Touch as a therapeutic intervention
    26. Pain relief by manual therapy: psychological processes
    27. Overview and summary of Section 3

    SECTION 4 Overview and clinical application
    28. Overview and clinical application of the science


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About the Author

Eyal Lederman

Dr Eyel Lederman is Director, Centre for Professional Development in Manual Therapy, London, UK and a practicing osteopath. Eyal completed his PhD in physiotherapy at King’s College London where he researched the neurophysiology of manual therapy. He is actively involved in manual therapy research at UCL, exploring the clinical use of functional stretching. Eyal regularly teaches manual therapy techniques and the physiological basis of manual therapy in different schools across the UK and abroad. He has published many articles in the area and is the author of Harmonic Technique, The Science and Practice of Manual Therapy, Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Manual and Physical Therapies and Therapeutic Stretching: Towards a Functional Approach.

Affiliations and Expertise

Eyal Lederman, Director, Centre for Professional Development in Osteopathy and Manual Therapy, London, UK; Visiting Professor, University College London (UCL) Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science; and Practising Osteopath