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.