After reading this book I now have answers to so many important questions that were left unanswered in my training.
I understand John was an engineer prior to training as an osteopath and what he has done is to look at how the spine articulates from a 'function governs structure' point of view rather than the traditional 'structure governs function' angle. The result is that he has been able to describe in the kind of detail I have never seen before how all of the joints of the body articulate singularly and in harmony with each other. This book really is a mile stone in Osteopathic evolution.
Within the first few pages you get to know in an understandable and self demonstrable way why the sacroiliac facets are shaped the way they are. For example, I now know how the sacroiliac joints articulate during weight bearing and how they accommodate pelvic side-shift and the way the hips and spine articulate synchronously with the sacroiliac joints when people walk. This book is so well illustrated demonstrating John’s comprehensive and well thought out set of interlacing spinal theories.
Of course knowing how joints articulate is one thing but Bayliss has gone further and shows what happens when the forces that create movement are misdirected. The result is that we now have a real understanding of the forces that create an Osteopathic lesion. A huge mile stone. Whilst I am still learning PPT's, I can already manipulate spinal lesions without any apparent click or trauma to the joint and this includes the neck. The results are amazing.
This book is written for Osteopaths who want to learn a genuine scientific grounding in spinal bio-mechanics and want to work with the most advanced manipulative techniques available today. There is a fairly high learning curb as this is a technical book and the spine is a complicated mobile structure. The book itself is heavily colour illustrated to make understanding as easy as possible and this really helps. If I have a criticism it is that book can become very technical in parts. Every chapter though starts in a very understandable way with lots of diagrams but gets more complicated as surrounding joints are taken into consideration. In summary, the combination of PPT's and Synergetic bio-mechanics provides the Osteopathic profession with a solid blue print for their future development. In my opinion this book is essential reading for all Osteopathic students, teachers and practicing Osteopaths and all allied and medical professionals. It should be a standard text book in osteopathic institutions.