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Dynamic Chiropractic
June 3, 1994, Volume 12, Issue 12

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By Judy Silvestrone, DC

Title: Principles of Manual Trigger Point Therapy Author: Michael J. Schneider, DC Publisher: Self published Category: Doctor education Publication: Softcover book, 140 pages, $45.00

Part# T-151 on the Preferred Reading and Viewing List, pages XX. For ordering information please call 1-800-359-2289.

This manual, developed in outline format, is an excellent guide to muscular dysfunction and management through trigger point therapy. Author Michael Schneider, DC, produced this text as an accompaniment to seminars on trigger point therapy and acknowledges his debt to the works of Janet Travell and Raymond Nimmo as comprehensive reference sources. The manual is an excellent, easy reference source for the practitioner experienced in trigger point work as well as an inexpensive first source for the neophyte in treating muscular fixations.

The book is divided into "basic" and "advanced" sections. The basic section reviews relevant anatomy and neurophysiology of muscle dysfunction. Dr. Schneider demonstrates a thorough basis in scientific principles, current research findings and extensive references. The relationship of muscle therapy to traditional chiropractic philosophy and osseous principles is also bridged very thoughtfully and artfully with direct quotations as well as perceptive ruminations. This section then proceeds to detail the function, referral patterns and therapeutic approach for specific trunk and spinal muscle.

The advanced section outlines function, referral patterns and therapeutic approach to muscles of the extremities, TMJ and pelvic floor (the last two areas often sadly overlooked by the chiropractic practitioner). Also highlighted are key theories of JANDA and alternative muscle therapy approaches such as stretching techniques and physiotherapy. This section also includes pertinent differential diagnoses and a very good appendix on myofascial nerve and vessel entrapment syndromes.

The sole detraction in an otherwise invaluable manual is the paucity and lack of refinement of the accompanying drawings. For ease of reference, quality graphics cannot be underestimated. Two outstanding attributes which merit the purchase of this text are the ease of reference of this manual and the superlative research and correlation embodied in it. The depth of this work is well-evidenced in the plenitude of citations and the further readings urged by the author.

Silvestrone Rating: 9


Steven Eggleston, DC

Title: "100 Years of Chiropractic -- Passing the Torch" Publisher: Chiropractic Centennial Foundation Category: Commemorative tape collection Publication: 16 audio cassettes

Part# A-600 on the Preferred Reading and Viewing List, pages XX. For ordering information, you may call 1-800-359-2289.

Let the pioneers of chiropractic speak for themselves. That is the essence of this set of audio cassette tapes. It contains original recordings of many of chiropractic's great leaders from the past and present. For this review, I will simply give you the index of speakers and where the speeches were given.

B.J. Palmer: "It's as simple as that," a PCC homecoming speech.

Drs. Price, De Jarnette, Gregory, Blair, and Gonstead: A panel discussion at a PCC homecoming.

Dr. Lyle Sherman: "Commitment to the principle of chiropractic," his last talk before leaving as director of the B.J. Palmer Research Clinic.

Dr. Clay Thompson: "In the future...plan to turn them on" (1972 PCC homecoming address).

Dr. Marcus Bach: 1957 speech, "A call to greatness."

Dr. Vinton Logan: 1957 speech, "Don't let the parade pass you by."

Dr. Clarence Gonstead: 1967 live presentation, "The science of subluxation."

Dr. Marshall Himes: 1955, "Policy of the PSC clinic."

Dr. Carl Cleveland: 1960, "Those who threaten/preserve chiropractic."

Dr. Carl Cleveland II: "The science of chiropractic."

The speakers I've named so far are the contents of only the first six tapes!

The list goes:

Speeches by Drs. Mack Scallon, Leonard Rutherford, Maurice Bonvouloir, Henri Gillet, and Joseph Janse.

Drs. Maxwell and Bolton: "History of Chiropractic in Australia."

Drs. Lee and Homewood: "Chiropractic in Canada."

Dr. Fred Barge: 1993, "The Big Idea."

Dr. Russell Erhardt: 1985, "The radiology of subluxation."

Dr. Carl Cleveland III: 1992, "Chiropractic defined for this generation."

Dr. Reginald Gold: "Valley of the Blind"

Dr. J.F. McAndrews: 1979, "Returning to the fountainhead," speech at his inauguration as president of PCC.

Dr. Guy Riekeman: "Leadership... A new health care, getting ready for the bi-centennial." (Dr. Riekeman was responsible for putting this entire audio cassette package together.)

Dr. Sid Williams: 1993, "The correction of subluxation."

Virgin Strang: 1981, "The philosophy of chiropractic."

Also included are speeches by DCs Louis Sportelli and James Parker.

This is a must-own set of audio tapes. The value of owning the great speeches chronicling the first 100 years of chiropractic history is well worth the $250 price.

Eggleston Rating: 10

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