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The American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Maintenance and Repair Paperback – April 15, 1999
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The Table of Contents demonstrates the clear goals of the book in systematic and scientific manner. Chapter One, "The Back", also stresses that clear goal, by making the spine the center of attention of any physical rehabilitation and maintenance. Troubles start from Chapter 2 on, as follows.
1- In the first nine chapters, there is sloppy redundancy of "copy and paste" of paragraphs. You will read the same paragraphs on "rheumatoid arthritis", "arthritis", "spasm", "muscle tightness", "trigger points", "osteoarthritis", "rest", and so on, so many times as if you are reading the same chapter nine times in the same book. Even many of these chapters end with the same paragraph, with the word "mechanics".
2- Although the book graphics are scientific and serve the purpose of simplification and clarification, some of the drawings are poorly labeled and poorly representative. The drawings of the hip anatomy in chapter 7, for example, do not show the hip abductors. Most of the drawings of posture and gait do not demonstrate the real dynamics of human body of scapular, spinal, or pelvic contours during motion. They are drawn by artists inexperienced in human anatomy.
3- Although most of chapters 10 to 17 are informative and concise, some of them are unnecessarily abbreviated. Chapter 13, "Body Weight", for example, is merely two pages.Read more ›
I feel lucky to have discovered this book. A little over a year ago I had knee surgery. Unfortunately, as the right knee continued to improve, I developed pain in the left hip. My physical therapist told me to gut it out and take aspirin.
A year and two months after my surgery (and seven months out of phys therapy) I could not lift my left leg above four inches without debilitating pain. While in the library, I discovered this book and decided to give the stretches a try.
Well, now I have full range-of-motion and just marginal discomfort. I have been performing the stretches and exercises faithfully for six weeks. It works.
I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in how the body works, whether you're a weekend warrior or a sedentary type.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely essential for anyone who wants to become proficient in the knowledge of body maintenance and repair without paying a premium.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was published in 1999, but the human body hasn't changed, so it's just what it says it is, maintenance and repair instructions, with very good illustrations. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Susan Fuller
Love this book. I can see the same exercises given to me by my therapist.Published 1 month ago by Anna
Great bookPublished 2 months ago by I love this game. I play with family in different states. Play with folks I don't know too.
Loved how this really broke the body down for my students!Published 4 months ago by Beverly Berdine
While I have not had time to read it carefully, the book seems to be thorough and to fulfill my expectations.Published 7 months ago by Peter Houck
since you can't give 0 stars, I put 1. However, This is the most useless book for a professional that is ever been produced. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daniel Puchstein