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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Publishing; 1 edition (30 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905367236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905367238
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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http://www.johngibbonsbodymaster.co.uk

John Gibbons is a sports Osteopath, Author and lecturer for the Bodymaster method ®. John specialises in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries. Having lectured in the field of sports medicine and physical therapy for over 13 years, John delivers advanced therapy training to qualified professionals within a variety of sports via his company www.johngibbonsbodymaster.co.uk.

John has over 135 individual YouTube Videos on areas of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine that are available to view for FREE by clicking the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/Jgibbo246

He has written over 25 articles on various aspects of physical therapy, which have all been published through many international publications. These are available to view and buy through his website.

John Gibbons lectures 10 specific courses in Physical therapy and is the Author of 'Muscle Energy Techniques, a practical guide for physical therapists'. He has just had his third book published and is called: 'The Vital Glutes: Connecting the gait cycle to pain and dysfunction' and his second book is now available and is called; 'A Practical Guide to Kinesiology Taping' and comes with a complimentary 90 minute DVD of all his taping techniques.

The venue for the CPD courses is located at the Idyllic University of Oxford, this is where Sir Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile.

All specific details can be found on his website:
http://www.johngibbonsbodymaster.co.uk

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Lotus Publishing has done very well to add this book to their list of excellent tomes in the field of anatomy and bodywork. There have been other published works on the topic of Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), but this one is head and shoulders above the rest. John Gibbons has managed to achieve that rare thing of making this book 'reader friendly', yet, not remotely in a 'dumbing down' fashion. Some other works that I have read on the topic have blinded me with science, making a very practical subject into pure academia. John's book is direct, methodical, well laid out and beautifully illustrated. He assumes that his reader is a beginner to the subject so topics such as anatomical terminology, and planes of body motion are initially discussed. The next chapter discusses the muscles and their function in which he describes the different types of muscles, composition of muscles fibres, physiology of muscular contraction, muscle reflexes and musculoskeletal mechanics. This is all extremely well done in a way that many physical therapy practitioners would do well to read and internally digest. It never ceases to amaze me how many physiotherapists and osteopaths have not kept abreast of the new and exciting physiology that has been presented over the past decade. All in all, this is an excellent practical book with superb illustrations and photographs that has been painstakingly researched and written in an attempt to help the physical therapist create a new and different dimension in the treatment of his/her patient. I would thoroughly recommend it to you. --Positive Health Online, February, 2012

This practical guide, packed full of colour photographs, illustrates the theory and practice of muscle energy techniques (MET). The principles described can be incorporated very quickly and effectively into a treatment plan, and may be used to effectively assist the rehabilitation of injuries. Matthew Kimber, MFHT, 9/10 The theory is good to read and explained very well. The MET for the muscle you want is easy to find and apply. I add MET to Swedish and Thai sessions for tight muscles and joints and posture problems, and my clients usually mention an improvement. Jim Robertson, MFHT, 9/10 A great book that any therapist treating soft tissue dysfunction should add to their library. I found the last chapter on specific testing for muscle weakness very helpful and informative. The book is extremely user-friendly and has a high quality of content. First published in International Therapist, the membership journal of the Federation of Holisitic Therapists (www.fht.org.uk). Reprinted with permission of the FHT. --International Therapist magazine (Federation of Holistic Therapists)

It [Muscle Energy Techniques] is beautifully written and illustrated, perfect for the student to have beside them when they practise the technique. It has the look of a richly manufactured book, with the cover illustration indicating that the book is full of practical tips. There is a concise description of the author and a recommendation from the well-respected anatomist and teacher, Tom Myers. At first glance the book is clearly set out for ease of reading by students and has the appearance of a glossy text book with beautifully illustrated diagrams to follow. The author was inspired to write this book due to disappointment at students' lack of understanding for MET, despite having previously been taught, and his passion is palpable. Ten chapters of fluid, systematic, descriptive text to enable the reader to not only learn the technique but also to understand why it is effective. The author states that he personally uses this technique with every patient and describes it as 'icing on the cake'. Diagrams and descriptions are well written in layman's terms, so are very easy to follow. There is a deliberate mix of basic and slightly more advanced descriptions which are adherent, fluid and give clarity, the author has also included going back to basics to ensure a thorough grasp of the subject matter. The muscle architecture and attachment sites have been shown alongside each muscle in question, so the student has everything to hand. Illustrations are beautiful and self-explanatory which aid the student in the understanding of the text. The writing is fluid and coherent, with the aid of the of the illustrations there is a focus on clarity. The text is written with passion and underpinned with knowledge, and gives you a real sense of the author. --SportEx Dynamics magazine

About the Author

John Gibbons is a qualified and registered osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council, specialising in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries, specifically for the University of Oxford sports teams. Having lectured in the field of sports medicine and physical therapy for over 12 years, John delivers advanced therapy training to qualified professionals within the Premiership football and rugby sectors. He has written many articles on various aspects of physical therapy, which have been published through the Federation of Holistic Therapists and the Sports Injury Bulletin.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Smartie on 20 Jan 2012
Format: Paperback
Having attended previous courses with John Gibbons, I am a fan of his teaching style, and the presentation of this book is no different, and it certainly does not disappoint.

As a lecturer in sports therapy, I have found the book an invaluable tool to accompany my own teaching, with the excellent images and clear and concise diagrams.

The main selling point of this book is the quality you get for the price, highly recommended and a must buy for all sports therapists, physio's, chiropractors, osteopaths and remedial massage therapists, whether qualified or currently studying!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katy on 29 Jan 2012
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I have been taught on some CPD courses by John, and his book compliments his teaching style. I am a Sports Therapist and a lecturer in Sports Therapy and find this book very useful for both clinical and teaching elements.

The images are very good, clear and effective. The terminology is also very good - easy to read and understand.

I would recommend this book for any student studying sports therapy, physiotherapy, or similar, and would recommend this book for any qualified therapists working in the industry as an excellent support book for work.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julian Berriman on 19 Mar 2012
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Having worked as a sports masseur and osteopath for the last 15 years it is refreshing to come across a text which provides such a clear and logical presentation of the theory and application of METs. The author has presented quite a technical subject with the clarity that only comes from truly understanding the subject area. Clearly, this level of understanding can only be gained through years of thoughtful practice. The author also exhibits an excellent appreciation of how we learn. This is reflected in the balanced use of text and imagery which together provides the user with an invaluable aid to effective practive. A must have for the established and aspiring soft tissue specialist alike!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E W on 22 Jan 2012
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This is a clearly written book with great pictures to complement the description of the techniques. It is written in such a way that it can appeal to a student of manual therapy but can also make a useful reference book for the practicing therapist because it is easy to navigate through. I believe it will de-mystify METs for many therapists and greatly assist students in making the most of an extremely effective treatment modality much earlier in their careers. Because the book is laid out so clearly and the techniques are presented so concisely I think it could be a great help in increasing a student's/therapist's confidence in utilising these techniques in the treatment of key dysfunctional areas of the body. In addition I think it is good value for money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Boyt on 24 Mar 2013
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I was recomended this book by my chiropractic as she said the Techniques would be helpful in building up strength and I might find it benificial to me as I have Multiple Sclerosis
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B.Qatar on 9 Jan 2012
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This book is fantastic and working as a clinical pilates instructor i have found it invaluable. For anyone in the pilates field who cares about furthering their knowledge (particularly after doing his workshops) this book is a must as it is a clear, concise, uncluttered reference book. You will not regret buying it for a single second.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul White on 1 Jan 2012
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The Authors knowledge and experience shines through the subject of Muscle Energy Techniques in this book - it's a none waffle text which works exceedily well and is suitable for the beginner to the more advanced therapist already using MET's and wish to add additional tools to their repertoire.

Early in the book there is a superb section of core stability/muscle firing patterns - since using this information it has made a big different to my treatments.

The books covers all the major muscle groups and offers an assessment and treatment for each. The page layout is clear and uncluttered with really good photos (not B&W) like some.

Great value for money. Definately but it ... it wont just sit on your bookself collecting dust.

Sports Massage & Remedial Therapist
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Tjt Maber on 25 Dec 2011
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Very good book, with clearly defined instructional guidance, my congratulations to John Gibbons for a very clear and concise book

Tim Maber
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