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Therapeutic Stretching PDF

Therapeutic Stretching PDF

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    Therapeutic Stretching focuses on the use of both active and passive stretching as part of the rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Covering all forms of stretches for the able-bodied, injured, and selected special populations, Therapeutic Stretching is a comprehensive resource for practitioners and students working in massage therapy, osteopathy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, and personal and athletic training.

    With both active and passive stretches outlined for a range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, Therapeutic Stretching offers a range of rehabilitative stretches for the foot and ankle, knee and leg, hip and thigh, upper limb, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers, and back and neck. Author Jane Johnson, a practicing physiotherapist, sport massage therapist, and body work instructor, provides information on incorporating passive stretching as a treatment option and selecting appropriate active stretches for clients to practice at home.

    Heavily illustrated with more than 230 color photos, Therapeutic Stretching provides excellent visual instruction on client positioning and the most effective handholds for the application of passive stretches to various joints and soft tissues. A user-friendly format, clear explanations of stretching techniques, and visual guidance from photos help students and practitioners readily incorporate these stretches into their practice.

    Therapeutic Stretching outlines the rationale for stretching after musculoskeletal injury along with general safety guidelines and an overview of the musculoskeletal conditions addressed in the text. Also included is a discussion of the differences between and applications of passive, active, and advanced forms of stretching such as muscle energy technique (MET) and soft tissue release (STR).

    Readers of Therapeutic Stretching will find a 10-step process for designing, implementing, and assessing a stretching program. The text discusses applications of therapeutic stretching for three special populations: elderly clients, pregnant women, and athletes. For each, a listing of common physiological factors or characteristics that might affect a stretching program is included, along with tips on modifications to employ when working with these individuals.

    Following this foundational information are three chapters with photos and descriptions of active and passive stretches for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions of the lower limbs, upper limbs, and trunk. Here readers will find stretches useful for treating injuries and conditions such as sprained ankles, shin splints, runner’s knee, tight calves or hamstrings, adhesive capsulitis, lateral epicondylitis, stiff wrists, kyphosis, low back pain, stiff neck, and whiplash.

    Special Tip boxes throughout the text offer guidance on modifying the stretches and techniques to meet the needs of individual clients. Tables detail the passive and active stretches covered in each chapter and indicate whether a stretch is contraindicated for a particular injury or condition. Following most chapters are five Quick Questions that assist readers in gauging their understanding of the content.

    In addition, Therapeutic Stretching includes a visual guide to stretching routines that could be performed in the prone, supine, and seated positions. These suggested routines assist students and practitioners new to therapeutic stretching in learning to apply these stretches in an efficient manner and without excessive repositioning of the client.

    Therapeutic Stretching offers a range of stretches to assist both current and future practitioners in safely treating clients rehabilitating from musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Delivering the most up-to-date stretching techniques, this guide is a valuable resource for professionals in health care, rehabilitation, fitness, and body work seeking tools to assist their clients in alleviating muscular pain, reducing joint stiffness, and speeding recovery from injury.

    Therapeutic Stretching is part of the Hands-On Guides for Therapists series, providing tools of assessment and treatment that fall well within the realm of massage therapists but may be useful for other body workers, such as osteopaths and fitness instructors. The guides include full-color instructional photographs, Tips sections that provide advice on adjusting massage techniques, Client Talk boxes that present ideas for creatively applying techniques for various types of clients, and questions that test knowledge and skill.

    Part I. Getting Started with Therapeutic Stretching

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Therapeutic Stretching

    What Is Therapeutic Stretching?

    The Need for Therapeutic Stretching

    Why Should I Incorporate Stretching Into My Practice?

    Overview of Musculoskeletal Conditions Covered in This Book

    Why Do People Stretch?

    The Challenge of Designing a Stretching Protocol

    The Rationale for Stretching After Musculoskeletal Injury

    General Safety Guidelines

    Closing Remarks

    Quick Questions

    Chapter 2. Preparing for Stretching

    Step 1: Assess the Client

    Step 2: Identify Treatment Objectives

    Step 3: Choose a Stretching Method

    Step 4: Set Stretching Goals

    Step 5: Screen for Contraindications

    Step 6: Contemplate the Stretching Environment

    Step 7: Take Measurements

    Step 8: Create a Stretching Plan

    Step 9: Carry Out Stretches

    Step 10: Reassess and Document Findings

    Closing Remarks

    Quick Questions

    Part II. Stretching Methods

    Chapter 3. Active and Passive Stretching

    Active and Passive Stretching Definitions, Advantages, and Disadvantages

    Guidelines for Providing an Active Stretching Programme

    Guidelines for Applying Passive Stretches

    Closing Remarks

    Quick Questions

    Chapter 4. Advanced Forms of Stretching

    Muscle Energy Technique

    Soft Tissue Release

    Closing Remarks

    Quick Questions

    Part III. Implementing Your Stretches

    Chapter 5. Stretching the Lower Limb

    Foot and Ankle

    Knee and Leg

    Hip and Thigh

    Quick Questions

    Chapter 6. Stretching the Upper Limb



    Wrist, Hand and Fingers

    Quick Questions

    Chapter 7. Stretching the Trunk

    Head and Neck


    Quick Questions

    Part IV. Stretching Routines

    Chapter 8. Prone Stretching Routine

    The Lower Limb

    The Upper Limb

    Chapter 9. Supine Stretching Routine

    Lower Limb

    Upper Limb


    Chapter 10. Seated Stretching Routine

    Lower Limb

    Upper Limb


    Questions for Self-Reflection

    Jane Johnson, MSc, PhD, is a chartered physiotherapist and sport massage therapist specializing in occupational health and massage. In this role she spends much time assessing the posture of clients and examining whether work, sport, or recreational postures may be contributing to their symptoms. She devises postural correction plans that include both hands-on and hands-off techniques. 

    Johnson has taught continuing professional development (CPD) workshops for many organizations both in the UK and abroad. This experience has brought her into contact with thousands of therapists of all disciplines and informed her own practice. Johnson has a passion for inspiring and supporting students and newly qualified therapists to gain confidence in the use of assessment and treatment techniques.

    Johnson is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is registered with the Health Professions Council. A member of the Medico Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, she provides expert witness reports on cases involving soft tissue therapies. Johnson is the author of six titles in the Hands-On Guides for Therapists series. These are, Postural Assessment, Postural Correction, Therapeutic Stretching, Soft Tissue Release, Deep Tissue Massage and Soft Tissue and Trigger Point Release. Postural Assessment has sold over 10,000 copies. She is also the author of The Big Back Book: Tips & Tricks for Therapists. 

    Jane regularly delivers webinars on popular musculoskeletal topics, as well as on life working as a therapist. In her Facebook group (Jane Johnson The Friendly Physio), she shares tips and tricks in her usual, friendly manner.

    Johnson lives in the north of England in an unmodernized house where she creates books and webinars, makes art and rehomes big rescue dogs. 

    This is an excellent guide for incorporating stretching into a therapeutic treatment or rehabilitation protocol. The necessity of including the goals and methods of measuring progress of stretching is highlighted in the book, something which often seems to be left out of a typical treatment plan. The approach is novel, arranging recommended stretches by injury or condition, rather than just body part.

    --Doody’s Book Review (4-star review)