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Fascia has become the new buzzword in the field of rehabilitation and movement re-education. Until recently its contribution to musculoskeletal dysfunction had been underestimated. We know now that fascia plays an important role in health, wellbeing and mobility. It transmits the power of the muscles, communicates with the nervous system and serves as a sense organ. Many different groups of professionals are now exploring the world of fascia, as evidenced by the explosion of research in this field. However, many physical therapists are still unfamiliar with fascia and continue to think of it as the ‘dead packing material’ that is pushed aside during dissections in order to visualize the ‘important stuff’ like muscles and nerves. Physical therapists with their varied skill-set in manual therapy techniques are well-placed to take on this important tissue. Mobilization of the Myofascial System aims to help them to do that.

Mobilization of the Myofascial System (MMS) has its origins in manual physical therapy for the articular, muscular and neural systems. Tom Myers’ book Anatomy Trains, which examines the myofascial meridians for manual and movement therapists, has been the framework and inspiration for the development of MMS. In this book the author outlines the theory and pathophysiology of fascial dysfunctions, gives a full description of the MMS assessment and treatment approach, and guidance on ways in which it may be integrated into other methods used by manual therapists. Mobilization of the Myofascial System is primarily intended for physical therapists who have been trained in manual therapy, but it will also be valuable for osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, structural integrators and other body workers who are seeking an alternative way to work with this important and fascinating tissue.

Tom Myers says in his Foreword to his ground-breaking book:

‘Mobilization of the Myofascial System’ by Canadian PT Doreen Killens is primarily intended for physical therapists trained in manual therapy. It will also be valuable for osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, structural integrators and other body workers who are seeking an alternative way to work with this important and fascinating tissue. Tom Myers says of the author and her work: ‘Doreen Killens is one of those synthetic practitioners able to incorporate various methods into a single, coherent whole. Of course I am happy to see another application of the Anatomy Trains map, and doubly so to see it done accurately. But I am especially pleased to see manual therapy and movement so confidently combined… The approach in this book is sound, enjoyable, and opens the door to a lifetime career that is both challenging and satisfying by turns. Working in a world where everything is connected and interacts can be frustrating to those who need a guide for every step, a defined answer to every problem. But for the artist – see the last chapter for a fine summary of the proper attitude to being a therapist – this book offers a way forward that is at once effective and engaging.


Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-909141-90-2
Edition No 1
Pages 296
Illustrations About 320 colour photographs and drawings
Dimensions 246 X 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 26 October 2018

Author biography

Doreen Killens is an orthopaedic musculoskeletal physiotherapist (FCAMT) with 40 years of clinical experience. For 25 years she was an instructor for the Canadian Orthopaedic Manipulative Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, teaching manual therapy courses across Canada. In addition, she was an Examiner and former Chief Examiner for the same association. She is presently in private practice in Montreal and has a particular interest in the field of headaches and myofascial dysfunction. She is the developer of a physiotherapy approach to treatment of the myofascial body called Mobilization of the Myofascial System (MMS) (Upper Quadrant, Lower Quadrant and Advanced Integration). In addition, she teaches a two-level course system entitled Manual Therapy for the Cranium, courses she teaches across Canada and Europe, both in English and in French.

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