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Human Locomotion: The Conservative Management of Gait-Related Disorders Paperback – December 1, 2011
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About the Author
Since graduating from Western States Chiropractic College in 1982, Dr. Michaud has published numerous book chapters and journal articles on a variety of subjects ranging from biomechanics of the first metatarsophalangeal joint and shoulder, to the pathomechanics and management of vertebral artery dissection. In 1993, Williams and Wilkins published Dr. Michaud’s first textbook, Foot Orthoses and Other Forms of Conservative Foot Care, which was eventually translated into four languages and continues to be used in physical therapy, chiropractic, pedorthic, and podiatry schools around the world. In addition to lecturing on clinical biomechanics internationally, Dr. Michaud has served on the editorial review boards for Chiropractic Sports Medicine and The Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Michaud has maintained a busy private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, where he has treated thousands of elite and recreational runners.
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Let me start by saying, I am a chiropractic physician that specializes in sports medicine (DACBSP). I'm also a triathlete and USAT certified triathlon coach. This book offers the reader insight into how we became bipeds as well as all the anatomy and biomechanics of being bipeds. The book is exceptionally well researched with references. If you want to learn biomechanics of proper walking & running, running injuries, prevention of injuries, corrections of foot and lower extremity problems, therapies, treatments, rehabilitation, this book is for you.
I've used the information in this book as well as from Dr. Michaud's on-line articles to help manage lower extremity and running injuries in patients, improve my triathlete client's running mechanics and have used this information to improve my own running form after a year of being out of triathlon and running.
and yes, I'm a real person, feel free to google me to confirm!!
The historical chapter really makes you understand why muscles and bones are the shape they are and why they function like they do. When you understand these things, you never forget them!
I have been a chiropractor for 33 years and realised over 15 years ago how important it was to look at patients' movement patterns, gait function and muscle strength and weakness, tightness and inhibition. If you ignore these aspects of a patient, you do them a great disservice and you cannot possibly help them to reduce recurrences of back pain. This is a unique opportunity to read about all of these potential contributions to patients' joint pains in one book - I have never read a book that brings all of these subjects together before along with treatment protocols.
The author has illustrated this book with drawings that show how the mechanics of the body change with particular problems; how to best examine muscle length and strength and treatments.
All patients walk and they all have gait problems - we need to understand the effect these have on the body as a whole and this book does just that. If you want to reduce the tendency to chronicity in a patient using an evidence based, highly readable book then this is a must in your clinic library.