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Back Stability eBook-2nd Edition

Back Stability eBook-2nd Edition

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    Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy, Second Edition, is also available as an e-book. The e-book is available at a reduced price and allows readers to highlight and take notes throughout the text. When purchased through the Human Kinetics site, access to the e-book is immediately granted when the order is received.

    Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy, Second Edition, is designed to help practitioners recognize and manage back conditions using proven clinical approaches to stabilize the spine. More than just another sequence of back exercises, this text provides a theoretical foundation that will guide you in selecting the most effective exercises for each client and integrating them into a complete program to offer the best possible care in back health.

    A focus on evidence-based practice pervades Back Stability to address one of the most common maladies of modern living: back pain. This text combines research from around the world in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor skill training with the practical knowledge of author Christopher Norris, a physiotherapist, exercise professional, and teacher for more than 30 years. With his expertise, you will gain the practical knowledge to help you recognize and assess inappropriate movement patterns—whether caused by injury or simple day-to-day activity—and use a process of clinical decision making to determine which exercises to use in developing effective back care programs.

    In addition to updated research, the second edition has undergone many changes that improve the book’s layout and make it more user friendly:

    • The 33 new exercises as well as modified versions of previous exercises help refine and customize each program.
    • Detailed teaching elements throughout the book provide constructive and motivating ways to prescribe exercises to clients and patients.
    • Photographs clearly demonstrate each exercise technique and, where appropriate, are overlayed with arrows or lines to show proper body alignment.
    • A second color is integrated throughout the text, enhancing the visual flow.
    • Bullet points summarize and facilitate quick reference of exercise technique, and checklists aid in exercise prescription.
    • A larger format for the text allows for a more attractive presentation with bigger photos and easier recognition of important information.

    The second edition of Back Stability is organized into five parts that follow a logical progression from initial concepts to clinical applications. The text introduces the problems of back pain and instability and provides an explanation of spinal anatomy, movements, and the physics of lifting. A discussion follows of the basic skills required for developing stability. Assessments of posture and muscle balance are highlighted, and foundational movements for development of core stability are introduced.

    After covering the basics, the text moves into more practical applications by presenting progressive exercises and basic equipment used for developing greater stability. Information on abdominal training, resistance apparatus, speed and power, and practical functional progressions will help your patients or clients increase back stability and enhance performance. Finally, real-life patient examples illustrate how to structure a full back stability program.

    Back Stability: Integrating Science and Therapy, Second Edition, presents an alternative method for the treatment of back pain and provides each patient or client the opportunity to actively participate in recovery and maintenance. By integrating the science behind back pain into a useable format for understanding and application, Back Stability offers proven methods of care and assists your work with clients and patients to alleviate their pain, increase their back stability, and help them return to a fully functional lifestyle.


    Table of Contents

    Part I. Conceptual Foundation

    Chapter 1. What Is Back Stability
    Scope of the Problem
    A New Look at the Etiology and Treatment of Back Pain
    Model Used in This Book: Lumbar Stabilization
    Summary

    Chapter 2. Biomechanics of the Lumbar Spine
    Anatomy of the Vertebral Column
    Axial Compression
    Movements of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis
    The Mechanics of Bending and Lifting
    Lifting Methods
    Summary

    Chapter 3. Stabilization Mechanisms of the Lumbar Spine
    Posterior Ligamentous System
    Thoracolumbar Fascia
    Trunk Muscle Action
    Intra-Abdominal Pressure Mechanism
    Summary

    Chapter 4. Principles of Muscle Imbalance
    Basic Concepts
    Muscle Adaptation to Increased and Decreased Usage
    Training Specificity
    Changes in Muscle Length
    Summary

    Part II. Establishing Stability

    Chapter 5. Posture
    Optimal Postural Alignment
    Postural Stability and Body Sway
    Basic Postural Assessment
    Principles of Postural Correction
    Posture Types and How to Correct Them
    Summary

    Chapter 6. Muscle Balance Tests
    Assessing Stretched Muscles—Testing Inner-Range Holding Ability
    Assessing Shortened Muscles
    Principles of Muscle Stretching
    Stretching Target Muscles
    Assessing Segmental Control
    Summary

    Chapter 7. Foundation Movements
    Teaching Your Clients to Control Pelvic Tilt
    Teaching Your Clients to Identify and Assume the Neutral Position
    Teaching Your Clients to Use Abdominal Hollowing
    Teaching Your Clients to Contract the Multifidus Muscles at Will
    Summary

    Part III. Progressing Stability Training

    Chapter 8. Limb Loading
    Superimposed Limb Movements
    Summary

    Chapter 9. Unstable Base
    Theory of Proprioception
    Benefits of Training
    Summary

    Chapter 10. Gym Ball
    Gym Ball Exercises
    Summary

    Chapter 11. Foam Rollers
    Principles
    Summary

    Part IV. Building Back Fitness

    Chapter 12. Faults With Traditional Abdominal Training
    Sit-Up
    Straight-Leg Raise
    Potentially Dangerous Exercises
    Summary

    Chapter 13. Abdominal Training Using Stability Concepts
    Modifications of the Sit-Up
    Modifications of the Straight-Leg Raise (SLR)
    Ab Roller Exercises
    Testing Midsection Muscle Endurance
    Summary

    Chapter 14. Resistance Training for Core Strength
    Weight Training
    Summary

    Chapter 15. Speed and Power in Core Training
    Theory of Power Through Speed Training
    Summary

    Chapter 16. Functional Training
    Movement Analysis
    Movement Components
    Lifting Techniques
    Summary

    Part V. Clinical Application

    Chapter 17. Preliminary Client Assessment
    Assessing Pain
    Assessing Disability
    Summary

    Chapter 18. Designing the Program
    Needs Analysis
    Program Aims
    Training Plan
    Principles for Designing a Stability Program
    Summary

    Chapter 19. Case History Illustrations
    Overweight Client
    Athlete With Poor Stability
    Client With Acute Pain
    Patient Unwilling to Exercise
    Pregnant Client With Back Pain
    Summary

    About the Author

    Christopher M. Norris, PT, is a physiotherapist and director of Norris Associates, which operates two private clinics in northwestern England that specialize in exercise therapy for back rehabilitation. Norris is also a consultant to several Blue Chip industries in northwestern England providing on-site physiotherapy services, on-site holistic therapy, training in ergonomics, and training in manual handling.

    In addition to more than 30 years of clinical experience, Norris has served as a postgraduate lecturer in the United Kingdom and Europe and as an external examiner and visiting lecturer for several universities in the United Kingdom. He serves on the board of directors of the International Sports and Spine Society and on the international advisory board (IAB) for the Journal of Bodywork Movement Therapies. He is a former IAB member of Physical Therapy in Sport and Sport Exercise and Injury.

    Norris resides in Congleton in the Cheshire region of England. In his free time he enjoys coaching and practicing ju jitsu, running in the Cheshire countryside, and hill walking in the Peak National Park.