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Highly recommend it for anyone pursuing a career in Massage Therapy.  

–  DR.BRANKO TURIC, ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON

It looks awesome and great text descriptions," "Brief and to the point. I like it and would buy it. "This book is descriptive, concise and practical. I Manual Therapy.  

–  JOANNA LINARDIS, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

I personally will be getting a lot of use out of my copy as I strive to integrate all that I was trained in.

– JOANNE HUM, REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST

Massage therapists have certain treatment options at their disposal. Certainly, Western-based 'Swedish' massage strokes are at the center of these options. But other options that can increase the effectiveness of their treatment are also available. One of these treatment options is joint play. However, joint play is greatly underutilized. This is unfortunate because it is a powerful adjunctive technique that can be such an effective addition to our clients' treatment plans.

Of Massage Therapy Course, anything that has the power to do good also has the power to do harm, if not performed and applied correctly. This is why Mike Dixon's book Joint Play the Right Way: Axial Skeleton is so valuable. In this book, Mike covers the topic of joint play of the axial skeleton in an organized manner that is simple, yet thorough. Each page addresses a specific mobilization that is demonstrated with a clear photo and described completely, along with 'helpful suggestions' for the most effective utilization by the therapist. In addition, the kinesiology of each region is given, the common pathologies of the region are addressed, and indications and contraindication are discussed so that the therapist has a true understanding of the safe and effective application of the technique. Rounding this out, Mike has included Muscle Energy Technique (MET), stretching, and remedial exercises to create a multidimensional treatment approach for the therapist.

Mike has utilized his many years in private practice as well as his many years of teaching experience to craft this book, Joint Play the Right Way: Axial Skeleton, as well as his first book, the companionJoint Play the Right Way: For the Peripheral Skeleton, to serve as in-class manuals or as reference Massage Therapy Textbooks. So, whether you are a student learning joint play for the first time, an instructor who needs the perfect manuals to use in the classroom to help your students accurately learn and master joint play, or a practicing massage therapist who needs an excellent refresher reference text that is quick and easy to use, I strongly recommend these books to you. Both of them are invaluable books that will not sit on your bookshelf but will be used every day in your study and practice.

–  FOREWORD BY:  JOSEPH E. MUSCOLINO

DC,  REDDING CONNECTICUT 2007 

Joint Play the Right Way For The Axial Skeleton is an easy to read, easy to follow, and very thorough comprehensive book for anyone who is interested in learning ways to better understand and apply corrective techniques for the axial skeleton. The pictures and instructions on how to apply corrective modalities have been very beneficial for me because of how straightforward and obvious they have been instructed. I will definitely be keeping this book readily available in my own practice as a quick and easy-to-follow reference.  

–  EMILY JOHNSON, STUDENT, RMT

WCCMT, BC, CANADA 

What a fantastic resource for any therapist! The accompanying illustrations and conceptual format make the utilization and application of the techniques simple and effective.  

– JOHN DANG

DC, BC CANADA

In this book, Mike covers the topic of joint play of the axial skeleton in an organized manner that is simple, yet thorough. Each page addresses a SPECIFIC MOBILIZATION that is demonstrated with a CLEAR PHOTO AND DESCRIBED COMPLETELY, along with helpful suggestions.

– JOESEPH E. MUSCOLINO

DC, CT USA

I attended Mike's course on "Thoracic and Lumbar Balancing" in October 2010. The course provided an excellent review of arthrokinetic modalities, assessment and orthopaedic pathologies, as well as a 'set of fresh eyes' when addressing thoracic and lumbar dysfunction. The course combined various active and passive modalities, such as joint mobilization, muscle energy technique, neuromobilization and fascial release to recreate spinal balancing. The weekend was high energy, fun and provided lots of opportunity to practise hands on. What I liked best about the course was that it relayed concepts and multi-dimensional treatment approaches rather than teach a specific 'technique'. As a runner, the success of the course was best reflected in the feeling of having 'an additional set of lungs' after a weekend of practising with Mike.

Eli Klaus RMT

Excellent review of regional anatomy especially liked the personal attention & principle-based approach.

Will Wendowsky RMT

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