Positional Release Techniques - Book Review

Positional Release Techniques was written by Leon Chaitow, with the latest release (3rd) being published in 2007.  It contains 271 pages for those professionals in allied health fields that specialize in soft tissue techniques used in musculoskeletal issues.

In addition to this book, Leon Chaitow has written numerous works regarding neuromuscular techniques, trigger point therapies, breathing pattern disorders and muscle energy techniques.

Chaitow is an osteopath, and in this latest edition, has included other writings from other physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

Positional Release contains over 600 images, photographs and illustrations.  It is a clinical text that can be effective used by chiropractors, osteopaths and physical therapists.

Mr. Chaitow clearly identifies tender point locations in the body, as well as various treatment procedures and other key topics of interest to those who practice manual medicine.  A supplemental DVD is also included with the purchase of the book.

With a variety of release techniques currently being used, Positional Release is an effective tool which evaluates all methods available from functional osteopathy to strain / counter strain approaches.

Not only does the text describe the manual procedures in step by step detail, but Chaitow also provides information on how best6 to integrate with other approaches which are manual, including MET.  Usefulness and safety are both emphasized in both chronic and acute environments.

This book provides the professional with a wide range of information on soft tissue techniques and applications.  Positional Release begins with several chapters dedicated to the treatment of soft tissue related disorders, such as fibromyalgia, the application of trigger points and an overview of positional release philosophy.

Additional text reviews padded wedge use in treatment and diagnosis, and sacro-ocipital techniques.  An entire chapter is dedicated to back pain management, and is followed by proprioceptive tapping techniques, also known as the Mulligan approach.

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