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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 1 edition (16 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1437709273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437709278
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For any clinician involved with helping athletes to recover from injury as well as providing services to enhance physical performance, this text will be indispensable. This book is a major accomplishment in the field of sports injury and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological pain. -- Mark A. Kestner, DC, FIAMA, CCSP, CSCS Kestner Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Finally, a well-referenced, common sense approach to dry needling in sports medicine that discusses maintenance, overtraining, and the effect of the stress response in athletes. This is a long-awaited book that will leave you feeling comfortable with a technique that is very useful not only for athletes, but for all patients in your practice. -- Rey Ximenes, MD The Pain and Stress Management Center Austin, Texas

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Earlier chapters on the physiology and functional approaches of needling were excellent. Later chapters on claimed benefits and technique suggestions could do with expansion and improved referencing or case examples wherever possible. The text could be condensed by a great degree if repetition were diminished. Nevertheless a thoroughly helpful and relevant text.
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By Jo k on 27 May 2011
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This book is absolutly fantastic and the author is amazing. It gives you great understanding of the physiology behind the dry needling acupuncture not only from tissue dysfunction but from a rebalancing and homeostatic balance throughout the body.Very informative and useful reading tool and a worthly place within my libary .
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By L on 24 Feb. 2015
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Excellent book
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By GT on 12 Sept. 2014
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great book
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Biomedical Acupuncture for Sports and Trauma Rehabilitation 15 July 2010
By N.A. - Published on
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The information on dry needling techniques contained in this book by Dr Ma is invaluable and provides a comprehensive immuno-neuro-physiological basis for management of patients with high demand physical occupations and pursuits. The book covers a logical sequence of concepts of management of these problems, provides strategies and techniques for dry needling and demands one to take multifactorial and comprehensive assessment and treatment approaches, requiring me to think a great deal about the way I practice and the core skills and techniques I employ on a daily basis. The needling strategy fits very well into my paradigm of practice. This book is an excellent reference material to compliment the practical courses offered by Dr Ma.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kindle format not ready for graphic/medical texts - only pleasure reading 24 Feb. 2013
By Alpine Hiker - Published on
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I have 3 Kindles, so this is not a rant on Kindle, it is a a cautionary tale to others who like e versions of books for easy reference that are clear and as good as the printed text.

If I could return the Kindle version I would, my experience with Kindle format it is very poor for reading technical texts. After much frustration with the Kindle version, I bought the print version - but maybe you should would wait for the new text Yun-tao Ma is putting out soon before paying for this text.

The Kindle version graphics are muddy and not helpful - in the printed text they are clear.

The Kindle version text is hard to follow, the textbook flows as you can see the pictures and the text in relation to the topics discussed. As I was reading my Kindle version, the text would not make sense, because when I turned the page I was reading a description under a graphic, then back to main text - without knowing it until I flipped back and forth.

The Kindle version material seems to jumps from page to page, the text version is easy to read. I had the same problem on the lay out in the Dragon Speaking Kindle version, page beaks were weird, but the PDF version was clear.

Even after the class by Dr. Ma, the Kindle Kindle version was pretty useless until I had the print version. I have multiple versions of e-text readers for medical texts and will not buy another Kindle text (but I like the Kindle for pleasure reading , especially for travel).

I have taken courses from Chan Gunn, Janet Travel/David Simon, and last month from Yun-tao Ma in Boulder, CO. The material in the book is helpful, but best as a preview/review to the course. This is not a "read and do" text. If you understand the complexities of soft tissue pain, good command of 3D anatomy, and even better experience TP injections, then dry needling is a useful tool.

Placing a needle(s) for physiologic effect is what MD/DO/DC/PT's do. If you want to balance Yen/Yang, practice TCM, etc. go to acupuncture school.

In any case, don't by Kindle versions of technical/medical texts unless you are sure the quality of the e version is up to snuff.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's ok 14 Nov. 2012
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Well thought out, the mechanism of dry needle technique is explained well; however, I personally have a more Western approach in my technique and this was a little old school IMHO
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A new way looking at acupuncture 14 Nov. 2012
By YUEN CHUN KIN - Published on
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The author gave a different view on traditional acupuncture. Using anatomy and neuroscience, the author provided a rather clear scientific approach in using dry needling. It is not a true practical guideline teaching you which acupuncture point to use to treat people, but, the author provides a concept that you can derive your own treatment approach and methods. I suggest this book to every one who uses acupuncture to help people. (Sorry for my English coz this is not my 1st language ^o^)
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
How to use this clinically-oriented book 15 Mar. 2010
By Yun tao Ma, Ph.D. - Published on
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1. Integrative systemic dry needling: a new modality for athletes
2. Homeostasis and stress in sports and exercise
3. Human brain plasticity, sports and sports injuries
4. Musculoskeletal systems and human movement
5. Overtraining syndrome and the use of muscle in exercise
6. Clinical mechanisms of integrative systemic dry needling
7. Physiology of acu-reflex points
8. Neuroanatomy of acu-reflex points
9. Homeostatic acu-reflex point system
10. Trigger points and the intergrative neuro-muscular acu-reflex point system
11. Visceral pain and visceral-somatic reflexes
12. Pathomechanics of the musculoskeletal system and acu-reflex points
13. Using dry needling acupuncture for preventing injury and enhancing athletic performance
14. General principles of treating soft tissue dysfunction in sports injuries
15. Preventive and therapeutictreatment of injuries in selected sports
16. Safety issues in dry needling acupuncture practice

Integrative Systemic Dry Needling (ISDN) is a unique new medical procedure that is designed to restore and normalize soft tissue dysfunction before injuries (prevention) and after injuries.
All athletes experience injuries. Some athletes are never completely able to recover from injuries that become chronic and make them more prone to new injuries. Some athletes come to believe that their performance is irreversibley impaired by injury while they are still in their prime time, and some do have to face the reality that their athletic career is limited by chronic injuries. For many, however, this limitation is not inevitable. Some injuries can be successfully prevented by using the techniques introduced in this book, and it is possible to greatly improve recovery from both injury and surgery if the mechanisms of integrative systemic dry needling (ISDN) are understood by athletes themselves, their coaches, and their doctors.
The techniques introduced in this book will enhance the physical performance of all athletes due to routine procedure for reduction of physical and physiological stess, prevent common injuries, accelerate recovery from overtraining stress, promote rehabilitaiton after injury and surgeries, and prolong athletic careers by providing systemci maintenance.
All healthcare professionals who are involved in sports medicine will find that integrative systemic dry needling techniques will offer many clinical results that conventional approaches can not offer.

One of the historical contribution of this book: this book presents a dry needling model based on physiology and anatomy of peripheral nervous system. This model clears the misconception of trigger point model: pain is exclusively related to sensory nerves, not related to trigger points (now a popular misconception) that histologically trigger points are the results of pain pathophysiology. The current data from evidence-based researches challenge the basic concept of trigger points and its clinical techniques such as pursuing twitching response and precisely targeting trigger points. Clearing this misconception will greatly simplify clinical procedure and improve clinical results. Thus, this peripheral nerve system base soft tissue pain model, though still empirical, is a step ahead of the popular trigger point model which ignores the central pathophysiology of nervous system in pain medicine. Understanding this physiology, all current dry needling models, Eastern or Western, can be integrated and unified into a new peripheral nerve-based model without any conflicts.

Ho to use this book or how the book will benefit the clinicians?
This book emphasizes the understanding of the pathophysiological processes of soft tissue dysfunction and needling mechanisms of soft tissue remodeling. Needling is a modality specific for soft tissue remodeling. With this understanding, clinicians should use knowledge and rationale to put all clinical puzzles together to achieve the best results in every session of each case. Each session is different. Not just where to put needles, but why and how to achieve better results. The author hopes that the clinical needling practice can be transformed from the recipe level (technician-engineer level) to more scientific rationale level (doctor-patient interaction with biomedical mechanisms) and finally each clinician creates his/her own style of needling therapy. Thus, book does not offer any recipe formula, but physiological mechanisms, biomedical principles in preventing and treating soft tissue dysfunction for routine patients in general, and athletes in particular. Especially the book lists the peripheral nerves important in clinical pain that are ignored in most dry needling practice. This book is promoting that the clinicians are able to develop evidence-informed management strategies and clinic procedures. This book is not a recipe book, but a book that catalyzes to create your own needling modality to fit into your practice. Thus, if you understand the pathophysiologic mechanisms of dry needling presented in this book, you are able to treat any soft tissue dysfunction (trigger points are just one type of such dysfunction) in both athletes and routine patients and prevent most chronic soft tissue dysfunction in sports and daily life.
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