A Practical Guide to Fascial Manipulation: An Evidence- and Clinical-Based Approach

A Practical Guide to Fascial Manipulation: An Evidence- and Clinical-Based Approach

Thank you Tarina for writing this review.

Tuulia Luomala and Mika Pihlman wrote A Practical Guide to Fascial Manipulation: An Evidence- and Clinical-Based Approach as an introductory resource for both the medical professional and the layperson.  Luigi Stecco, physiotherapist and inventor of Fascial Manipulation, and his daughter, Carla Stecco (MD), commended the book in their forewords.

The authors explain the concept of Myofascial Manipulation in an easy-to-understand way.  The book has 8 chapters that focus on the different aspects of Fascial Manipulation, including the history, relevant anatomy and physiology, the concept of Fascial Manipulation, examples of disorders and dysfunction to treat, internal dysfunctions, and veterinary applications.

It is not a guide to management. The authors are clear that every patient is unique and they are not providing a treatment protocol. Rather, the authors offer a way of examining and treating that takes the myofascial component into consideration.

A Practical Guide to Fascial Manipulation describes the main principles of Fascial Manipulation, as well as the terminology used in this approach.  The interview, palpatory and movement examination, and treatment are discussed and then explained using different case study examples.

 Strengths

  • Easy to read
  • Difficult concepts are repeatedly explained throughout the book in different ways.
  • Colorful illustrations and photos
  • No prior Fascial Manipulation knowledge is required
  • Free online resources are included with the book. It contains short videos expanding on the text, and downloadable images from the book

 Weaknesses

  • High use of abbreviations – Initially this is bothersome, but the descriptions to the abbreviations are repeated in each chapter

Conclusion

This book lays the foundation for Fascial Manipulation and will inspire you to explore the field in more depth.  It will also give you a new way of examining and treating your patients.   A Practical Guide to Fascial Manipulation could be a great adjunct to understand the main concepts before you do your first Fascial Manipulation course.

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Tarina Van Der StocktReview post by: Tarina Van Der Stockt

I studied at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. I worked in private practice in South Africa for 9 years and had a special interest in manual therapy, sport and amputee rehabilitation. My teaching interests for under- and post-graduates are amputee rehabilitation, manual therapy, disability sport and classification. Currently, I am living in Austin, Texas and can finally say I am a licensed PT in Texas. As the Physiopedia Accreditation Officer I assist Physiopedia Plus in accrediting the courses in the required countries.

Since 2007 I have been involved with general disability sport classifications and I am a FISA International Para-Rowing Classifier. As one of the physiotherapists for Team South Africa I worked at the following events: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, London 2012 Paralympic Games, Para-rowing World Cup in Belgrade 2012 and the IPC Athletics Championships in Christchurch 2011.

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