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The Vital Nerves: A Practical Guide for Physical Therapists

Author: John Gibbons  

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A must-have book for understanding one of the most fundamental areas of physical therapy- the nervous system and its relationship to musculoskeletal pain.

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A must-have book for understanding one of the most fundamental areas of physical therapy- the nervous system and its relationship to musculoskeletal pain.

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Description

Osteopath, lecturer and author John Gibbons offers an accessible introduction to the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Alongside real case studies and guidelines for hands-on work with clients and patients, The Vital Nerves demystifies and makes accessible everything from how to diagnose nerve conditions to understanding how our cells communicate. Gibbons provides critical insights into the structure and functions of the PNS; the body's response to stimuli and how it knows what to do; the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems; understanding the stress response; and how reflex testing can aid in diagnosing conditions like M.S., Parkinson's Disease, and paresthesias. The Vital Nerves addresses practical, common considerations like how to- Assess the nervous system using a patella (reflex) hammer, myotome (muscle) testing and dermatome (sensory) testing Determine whether pain in the posterior part of the thigh is caused by the sciatic nerve, piriformis or simply a hamstring strain Decide at what level a disc may have herniated Differentiate between upper and lower motor neurone disorders Know what to do with the findings of your neurological assessment and the circumstances under which to refer patients for more specialist care. The Vital Nerves is a comprehensive, must-have roadmap to the functional anatomy of the nervous system. Enriched with anatomical drawings and detailed explanations, it explains neurological testing, common neuropathies, and differential diagnoses, and is an indispensable resource for physical therapists and bodyworkers.

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About the Author

JOHN GIBBONS is a registered sports osteopath, multi-published author and lecturer for the Bodymaster Method . He specializes in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries, specifically for the University of Oxford sports teams. Having lectured in the field of sports medicine and physical therapy since 1999, John delivers advanced therapy training to qualified professionals throughout the UK and internationally. He has written over 45 articles on various aspects of physical therapy, which have been published through companies like SportEx, Federation of Holistic Therapies, Massage World, Positive Health and Sports Injury Bulletin.

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Product Details

Publisher
North Atlantic Books,U.S.
Published
12th January 2021
Pages
192
ISBN
9781623175603
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