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.
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.
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.
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