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Postural Assessment (Hands-on Guides for Therapists) [Kindle Edition]

Jane Johnson
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Though postural assessment is a skill required by most therapists and useful for many health and fitness professionals, few resources offer a complete discussion of the topic to support practitioners in the task. Written for students and practitioners of massage therapy, physical therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, sports medicine, athletic training, and fitness instruction, Postural Assessment is a guide to determining muscular or fascial imbalance and whether that imbalance contributes to a patient’s or client’s pain or dysfunction.

Jane Johnson, a practicing physiotherapist and sport massage therapist and instructor, breaks down the complex and holistic process of assessing posture into easy-to-assimilate sections. Johnson begins with a discussion of ideal posture and the factors affecting posture as well as how to provide the correct environment for postural assessment, necessary equipment, and the importance of documenting assessment findings. Then she details procedures for executing postural assessments from standing posterior, lateral, and anterior views as well as with the patient or client in a seated position.

The text features tips for improving assessment technique, and What Your Findings Mean sections provide readers—students in particular—with guidance for systematic analysis. Each chapter ends with five Quick Questions, with answers, to assist in gauging understanding of the topics covered.

Information in the text is enhanced with detailed illustrations that offer visual cues to learning postural assessment and identifying anatomical relationships. Line drawings illustrate bony landmarks used in the assessments, and numerous photos show both obvious and subtle postural variations. Reproducible illustrated postural assessment charts in the appendix provide space for recording observations during each step of the assessment.

Postural Assessment can assist practitioners in learning what posture reveals about the relationships among various body parts and in determining whether such relationships cause or contribute to pain or discomfort. As a resource for novices, Postural Assessment offers guidance in observing and identifying common postural forms and interpreting those observations.

Postural Assessment is part of the Hands-On Guides for Therapists series, which features specific tools for assessment and treatment that fall well within the realm of massage therapists but may be useful for other body workers, such as osteopaths and fitness instructors. The guides include full-color instructional photographs, Tips sections that aid in adjusting massage techniques, Client Talk boxes that present ideas for creatively applying techniques for various types of clients, and questions for testing knowledge and skill.

About the Author

Jane Johnson is director of the London Massage Company in London. As a chartered physiotherapist and sports massage therapist, she has been using and teaching soft tissue release for many years and has a thorough grounding in anatomy, which she uses to explain in straightforward terms.

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Jane Johnson is a chartered physiotherapist with a passion for helping massage therapists and other health and fitness professionals to understand common assessment and treatment methods. As a former massage therapist and fitness instructor herself, she appreciates the challenges and opportunities facing these professionals. She is the author of four titles in the Hands-On Guides for Therapists series. These are, Postural Assessment, Therapeutic Stretching, Soft Tissue Release, and Deep Tissue Massage. Jane grew up in central London where she had worked all of her life. In 2012 she bought an unmodernised house and moved to the north of England in order to spend more time writing. She currently works part time as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in occupational health. She can frequently be seen walking along the coast in the early hours of the morning with her three large rescue dogs, or late at night ambling up and down the alleyways with her canine companions. At other times she is wrapped in blankets drinking tea and writing her latest book.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 17 Dec 2012
By Jakeh
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I'm in the middle of a Pilates teacher training course, and found this book to be invaluable in learning and understanding postural assessment and the possible causes of the muscle imbalances. It is detailed and easy to understand and has been a book that I keep coming back to and understanding a bit more each time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Postural Assessment 18 Feb 2012
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As a student of sports massage therapy I found this book an excellent and comprehensive guide to postural assessment and, like all Jane Johnson's books, written in easy to understand style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Rather than static analysis, just, it would also be nice to see dynamic analysis.
Another book?

Excellent and clear writing style.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 28 Dec 2012
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Easy to read and excellent pictures. A must buy book for anyone dealing in the sports injury industry or massage industry
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I need for my studies 14 April 2014
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A+ product and service. Will use again. Good price, fast service. I cannot fault this transaction in any way. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it 5 Mar 2014
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Excellent easy to understand book. Well worth the money. A must if studying any sort of massage. Informative and well detailed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 11 Feb 2014
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Very informative , good pictures illustrating postural issues . Very helpful book. I would definitely recommend this book for PT's
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5.0 out of 5 stars very useful 27 Jan 2014
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very easy to understand with lots of information and has proved to be a great help to getting to grips with this subject in my sports massage course
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5.0 out of 5 stars Studying Sports Therapy
I am studying Sports Therapy at university and bought this book to help with sports massage unit in my first year and have used it throughout the rest of my studies
Published 4 months ago by rachel wenninger
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
What a great book, there are plenty of books on postural assessment but they are too long winded and over complicated this book by Jane has enough information and actually makes... Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Postural alignment
Came quickly and fantastic easy to follow book. Lots of pictures, making the analysis easy to do. would definitly recommend
Published 9 months ago by paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Clear and concise and well illistrated
Clear and concise and well illiustrated. As a pilates teacher wanted to improve my knowledge of postural faults, this was a good buy
Published 10 months ago by mrs debbie e johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for reference
I have been a professional sports therapist for 16 years, and to have a book like this for a quick reference check is amazing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Martyn B Coton
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference tool
This is a great introductory book and one that will certainly help the beginner/intermediate therapist in learning what they should he looking for when undertaking postural... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tdmk
5.0 out of 5 stars Postural Assessment (Hands on Guide for Therapists)
Delivered within days of ordering, well packaged. An excellent book, thoughtfully written and very well illustrated. A must have for students, therapists and practitioners. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pippa
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