Instrument-Assisted Myofascial Therapy: Principles and Clinical Applications provides a complete overview of this effective therapy (IAMT) based on the authors’ own clinical experience of using instruments to treat myofascial lesions. The text combines the latest scientific evidence and theory with practical guidelines. The authors describe the use of various IAMT techniques which the reader will be able to easily integrate into daily clinical practice.
The text progresses from didactic to practical information of relevance for a variety of clinicians:
– Anatomy of the myofascial system and its role in pain/dysfunction and treatments
– Science and theory of IAMT including history, types, and research on mechanisms of action and outcomes
– Practical application of IAMT Practice: an overview of techniques specific to tissue type (scars, tendons, muscles)
– Integration of IATM in clinical practice including clinical decision making (in diagnosis and treatment), indications, contraindications, and adjunct treatments
The text is intended to provide a guide for using myofascial instruments in daily practice. The reader will easily learn how to use IATM to enhance patient outcomes and to use it in a fashion which protects their own joints!
Procedures are explained and demonstrated using a clear and practical approach. Full-color photographs illustrate the use of the therapy in these commonly-treated areas: Cervical spine and head, Shoulder, Elbow, wrist and hand, Thoracic spine and chest, Lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint, Hip and pelvis, Knee, Ankle and foot.
Treatment protocols are provided which can be easily applied by the therapist for use with a variety of diagnoses relating to the same structures by using a standardised and precise approach. A treatment protocol is first presented on a specific structure that is commonly treated. The specific instrument is to be used is described first, then the entire treatment is explained in detail. from the starting position of the therapist and patient. Treatment progressions are then listed, as well as possible treatment options within the Myofascial Connective System (MCS). Beginning with the primarily treated structure, ‘myofascial junctions’ are discussed; first regionally in a distal and proximal direction, and then within a functional myofascial chain. This unique approach greatly simplifies the various IATM procedures for the reader to easily implement in practice.
Readers will learn an integrated approach to IATM in a variety of clinical practice settings. Clinicians seeing post-operative patients will benefit from a chapter dedicated to the treatment of scars. Numerous case studies and the integration of other myofascial techniques (Cupping, Flossing/Mobility Bands, Kinesiology Taping and Fascial Fitness) complete the book.
232 Pages, with more than 200 colour photographs.
Author Dr Phil Page is an assistant professor and research director at Franciscan University Physical Therapy program. He is a licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer. He has a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a PhD in Kinesiology from LSU. Dr Page is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, as well as recipient of the Lifetime Excellence in Education award from the APTA Academy of Sports Physical Therapy. He has presented over 200 international lectures and workshops on exercise and rehabilitation topics and has written over 100 publications as well as 3 books. He has worked with the athletic programs at LSU, Tulane, the NFL New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, as well as the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials. J