- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: OPTP; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0975091026
- ISBN-13: 978-0975091029
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
SENSITIVE NERVOUS SYSTEM Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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The Sensitive Nervous System updates and integrates the growing science of neurodynamics. Physical examination of the nervous system is carefully illustrated and explained. Management strategies are underpinned by cutting edge neurobiology and evidence-based medicine. The Sensitive Nervous System calls for skilled combined physical and educational contributions to the management of acute and chronic pain states. It offers a 'big picture' approach using best evidence from basic sciences and outcomes data, with plenty of space for individual clinical expertise and wisdom. The Sensitive Nervous System is accessibly written from a clinician's point of view to give clinicians a framework to engage in modern neurobiological advances of the 'decade of the brain'. The book presents novel techniques which are instantly applicable and will help you to listen to patients' stories and understand them better while integrating modern bio-psycho-social constructs.
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This book covers neurodynamics, neurobiology and clinical reasoning. It is unique in its unravelling of the biopsychosocial framework and in developing better understanding and management of patients with neuro-musculoskeletal problems. The first four chapters teach the knowledge required to understand the basic pain and nervous system sciences. Much of this will not have been studied at undergraduate level but this will no doubt change as manual therapy and pain management approaches continue to develop.
Theory is drawn into clinical application over the subsequent chapters. e.g. peripheral and central sensitisation. The physiotherapist is given the skills to understand pain where there is no tissue injury or inflammation, the physiological influence of psychological or social issues as well as understanding the involvement and relevance of other systems including the sympathetic and the immune.
Two chapters present a clinical reasoning framework which is valuable for its inclusion of all the pathobiological mechanisms, as well as focusing on the dysfunction/s and providing a means to acknowledge the contributing factors. The chapter on neurological assessment has value for its acknowledgement of the variation between authors and researchers and presenting the best evidence in a clinically useful format (testing of peripheral and cranial nerves is included).Read more ›
If you've ever seen him speak (and I definitely recommend his youtube videos) you'll immediately recognize his rather unique way of putting things - I can definitely hear his voice in my head when I read.
This book is flawed, however. After consulting this book at length to prepare some training for colleagues I became increasingly infuriated. It is poorly organised with too many chapters with irrelevant material. The pages and pages of basic sciences are poorly explained and are rarely successfully integrated into clincal science and practice, again possibly because of a lack of selectivity. You have to read large amounts of incoherant text to find something useful.
And this would be my point: is this text useful? It adds very little useful clinical pointers. While research is sorely lacking on the use of AND techniques (as treatment techniques in particular) we must consider this work as speculative and this book as poorly written.
The ideology in this book does seem to have risen to a level which is unjustified and while it continues to hold this mystique it preys on the anxious professional!
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-- Dr. Scott Cuthbert, author of Applied Kinesiology Essentials: The Missing Link in Health Care (2013), and Applied Kinesiology: Clinical Techniques for Lower Body Dysfunctions (2013).