In continuation of yesterday’s post, today I’ll share my handful of books that I’d consider the top manual therapy-related books I’ve run though this year.
1. Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques–Vol. 1–Chaitow and DeLany. This text goes into the upper extremity in great detail as it pertains to NMT treatment. Not many stones are left unturned here as the authors delve into mechanics, physiology, psychology, nutrition, and a number of “what else” topics in delineating when and what to treat. I got the lower extremity text for Christmas and intend to peel back the layers on it as 2011 progresses.
2. Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes–Shirley Sahrmann. This book has received a great deal of attention in the movement-based performance and corrective exercise world over the last 5 or so years because Sahrmann provides solutions and nomenclature without requiring much “hands on,” so the strength coach enjoyed it. It’s an excellent book, stuffed with great concepts and heavily referenced. It reads like a text book, so it did take some time to finish. While I appreciate the intent of Sahrmann, though, I really do think that when possible, manual therapies make the process accelerate.
3. Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach–Page, Frank, Lardiner. I reviewed this book a few months back, and it remains to be a highlight of my 2010 reading. There is plenty of good content and, despite its density of information, it reads fairly quickly. Janda has had a huge influence on what we know and do in the movement realm, so I suggest you know it.
4. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders–Chaitow, Bradley, and Gilbert. Inspired at the end of 2009, I chose to read this book, which turned out to offer a lot of quality content and, true to the title, multidisciplinary approaches. Not only does this discuss anatomy, mechanics, and repatterning, but it goes into detail about biochemistry, allergens, and psychology of BPD. Of the 3 breathing books I read this year, this is the best I’ve seen by far.
What should I be reading in 2011?