The Vital Glutes: Connecting the Gait Cycle to Pain and Dysfunction

9th March 2015

The Vital Glutes is written by author and respected bodywork specialist John Gibbons and looks at one of the most neglected areas of the body: the gluteal muscles.  The book takes you on a fascinating journey of enlightenment, teaching the reader to recognize pain and dysfunctional patterns that arise from the gluteal muscles.
Questions answered in the book include: Why are the glutes potentially causing pain and dysfunction to distant sites of the body?  How does the gait pattern contribute to pain and dysfunction?  And, how can the application of gluteal specific muscle energy techniques aid full body wellbeing?  In addition to tackling such questions, this book also offers the reader step-by-step tasks to identify and correct a number of dysfunctional patterns, and functional gluteal exercises in order to aid recovery.

Author John Gibbons says, ‘In almost each and every one of the physical therapy courses I teach (even in the case of the Shoulder Joint Master Class), I am constantly being asked about the glutes and how they cause pain in a specific area.  I always discuss verbally how this phenomenon can happen and then go on to demonstrate practically the causes and effects; however, I have never been able to say, ‘Read such-and-such a book and you will find the answer.’  My aim in writing now is to meet the need for a book which does give such answers.  I wanted to produce a text that over time will help many thousands of physical therapists, whether they are students in this area or have been practicing physical therapists for many years.  I believe that this book can serve as a core text for anyone in the field of physical therapy who wants a better understanding of how maximizing the glutes to achieve optimum functionality will help reduce a patient’s pain and dysfunction in almost every part of the body!’

Chapters cover such topics as muscle imbalance and the myofascial slings, the glutes and the gait cycle, functional anatomy of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and differential diagnosis of weakness inhibition of the glutes; among others.  Illustrated throughout by clear anatomical diagrams and helpful photographs of tests and exercises, this book is a thorough examination of all relevant issues connected to these important muscles.

Review by Catherine Stone @ Massage World Magazine

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