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Fascial dysfunction is now recognised as one of the main underlying causes of musculoskeletal pain leading to impaired and reduced mobility. These are the symptoms which confront all practitioners of manual therapy in their everyday practice. In this second edition of his very successful book, Leon Chaitow brings together contributions from 20 leading practitioners and researchers from many different fields of manual therapy. Fascial Dysfunction – Manual Therapy Approaches, Second Edition aims to help those practitioners to assess more precisely the dysfunction of their clients and its cause and to increase practitioner awareness of the various techniques which may help them in their attempts to alleviate their clients’ problems.

New features of the Second edition include:
  • Descriptions of new research evidence and its implications for practice:
    •  The dependence of collagen health on a mixture of balanced internal and external tension
    • The importance of adequate hydration
    • The possible role of the telocyte
    • The importance of ‘dosage’ of therapies in management of fascial dysfunction
  • New chapters on:
    • Gua Sha and cupping
    • Global postural re-education
    • Scar remodelling

The book is in two sections. Section I, written by Chaitow with a contribution by Tom Myers, presents a review of the current understanding of the function of fascia in the human body and describes what can go wrong – the causes and effects of fascial dysfunction and disease, and how to assess the problem and  remove obstacles to the success of treatment.

Section II contains chapters by experts in different types of manual therapy including three by Chaitow. Each practitioner describes their own approach to the problem of assessing and treating fascial dysfunction and explains their specialist therapeutic approach. These approaches include: • Bowen Therapy • Connective Tissue Manipulation and Skin   Rolling • Fascia oriented training applications in sports and movement therapy • The Fascial Manipulation® method applied   to low back pain • Fascial Unwinding • Balanced Ligamentous Tension Technique • Gua sha (press-stroking) and Ba guan   (cupping): traditional East Asian instrument-  assisted manual therapies • Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) • Myofascial Induction Therapy (MIT®) • Neuromuscular Technique and associated Soft Tissue Manipulation Modalities • Positional Release Techniques – (including counterstrain) • Global Postural Re-education: Souchard Method • Rolfing® Structural Integration • Management of Scars and Adhesions • Manual Matrix Remodeling in myofascial injuries: scar modeling technique • Massage Therapy and Fascia • Trigger Point release methods including dry needling

The functions of fascia: translating research into clinical relevance Leon Chaitow

Fascial dysfunction: adaptation as a major feature Leon Chaitow

Global postural assessment Thomas W. Myers

Additional global and local assessment approaches Leon Chaitow

Removing obstacles to recovery: therapeutic methods, mechanisms and fascia Leon Chaitow

Bowen therapy Kelly Clancy

Connective tissue manipulation and skin rolling Elizabeth A. Holey, John Dixon

Use it or lose it: recommendations for fascia-oriented training applications in  sports and movement therapy Robert Schleip, Divo Gitta Müller

The Fascial Manipulation® method applied to low back pain Antonio Stecco, Stefano Casadei, Alessandro Pedrelli, Julie Ann Day, Carla Stecco

Functional fascial treatment: fascial unwinding and balanced ligamentous tension technique Paolo Tozzi

Gua sha (press-stroking) and Ba guan (cupping): traditional East Asian  instrument-assisted manual therapies Arya Nielsen

Muscle energy techniques Leon Chaitow

Myofascial induction therapy (MIT®) Andrzej Pilat

Neuromuscular technique (NMT) and associated soft tissue manipulation  (neuromuscular) modalities Leon Chaitow

Positional release techniques (including counterstrain) Leon Chaitow

Rolfing® structural integration Jonathan Martine

Global postural re-education: Souchard method Emiliano Grossi

Management of scars and adhesions Willem Fourie

Manual matrix remodeling in myofascial injuries: scar modeling technique Raúl Martínez Rodríguez, Fernando Galán del Río

Massage therapy and fascia Sandy Fritz

Trigger point release methods including dry needling César Fernández-de-las-Peñas  


Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-909141-94-0
Edition No 2
Pages 408
Illustrations 100 drawings and 40 photographs
Dimensions 246 X 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 19 November 2018

Author biography

Leon Chaitow (d. 2018) was well-known internationally as the author of over 60 books on natural heath and complementary medicine. He wrote authoritatively at many levels: from easy to understand guides for the general public on health issues and treatment approaches to detailed, well-referenced texts for health care students and practitioners and their clients. He also co-edited and contributed to numerous other important publications in the field of fascial dysfunction and its treatment, notably as co-editor of Fascia: The Tensional Network of the Human Body edited by Robert Schleip et al. Apart from his books Leon was the founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. He also acted as mentor, friend and advisor to many individuals at different stages of their career development in many fields of manual therapy always giving encouragement as well as wise and gentle criticism when appropriate. Leon Chaitow sadly died just a few weeks before the publication of the second edition of his book Fascial Dysfunction. Despite his serious ill-health during much of that year he continued to fulfil his writing obligations and only a couple of days before he died he approved the cover for the new edition. Born in South Africa, Leon moved to the UK in 1956 where he studied osteopathy and naturopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1960. He went on to study acupuncture in the 1960s and then cranial osteopathy (1969-78) and orthomolecular nutrition (1970-73). Leon Chaitow was the first naturopath/osteopath to be appointed to a UK medical practice (Marylebone Health Centre, London), an appointment which he held from 1993 to 2009. In 1993 he was appointed Senior Lecturer, Module leader and member of the course design team at the School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster. From 1983 he held posts throughout Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia as visiting lecturer to colleges, schools and professional organizations of chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy and naturopathy. His writing was always undertaken in the peace and beauty of his home in Corfu.

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