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Osteopathy: Models for Diagnosis, Treatment and Practice

“Osteopathy: Models for Diagnosis, Treatment and Practice”

Jon Parsons & Nicholas Marcer
Churchill Livingstone, 2005.
ISBN 0443073953, 978-0443073953
Paperback. 360 pages.

Perspective: Osteopathy, Manual Medicine


Selected excerpts:

“This book is a textbook of basic osteopathic concepts, working from first principles underpinned by anatomy and physiology. This text will synthesize and integrate osteopathic models in an easy-to-understand way, a subject often daunting to students and confusing to graduates. Composed of four sections, the first is a discussion of basic principles, the second focuses on models and diagnosis of treatment which is followed by anatomical, neurophysiological and osteopathic considerations. The last section describes clinical case-studies to enable students to put into practice the theories and models which they have learned. This book is essential reading for all osteopathic BSc degree courses and a core textbook for undergraduate students.”

© 2006 Elsevier Limited


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Reviews posted:

This excellent book covers the biomechanical models underpinning osteopathy (and as a global integrated model for treatment of the whole body, what makes Osteopathy so different from Physiotherapy or Chiropractic) in a clear and easy to understand format. Littlejohn’s concepts are covered, and John Wernham’s ‘polygon of forces’ model, which stresses the concepts and practical goal of an ‘axis of symmetry’ and midline, and how the upper and lower pyramids operate, as well as the ideal of the pelvis as a horizontal baseline (and accordingly equal leg length).

Later and revised models are also mentioned. In contrast to such global integrated models, specific adjustment technique is also mentioned (and by implication the ‘tissues causing symptoms’ model underpinning such an approach; the ‘tissues causing symptoms’ model being so prevalent in current Osteopathic undergraduate teaching). There are also chapters on the Fascia and Visceral Osteopathy (Barral) and Cranial Osteopathy, and the original concepts developed by Sutherland.



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