muscle (myo) and fascial (fa) manipulation using muscle contraction
Myofaction, or Myofascial manipulation, the book, provides health professionals with a unique system of manipulation for each muscle or muscle group in the body. The book explains massage scientifically and comprehensively. Four fundamental elements of massage technique:
are combined with a fifth element,
to produce a highly effective clinical intervention.
The book describes a unique technique of muscle (= myo) and fascial (= fa) manipulation. Fascia surrounds the whole muscle and connects each muscle cell within it. The
technique works by using isometric muscle contraction (action) to generate internal tension within the muscle and stretch the myofascia, hence the title Myofaction.
Although Myofaction - Myofascial manipulation briefly looks at evaluation in the introduction the emphasis is on treatment. The book covers the soft tissues of the human body in a superior to inferior direction. It starts at the head, then works through the cervical spine to the thoracic spine, ribs and lumbar spine. It then follows the upper limb from the shoulder muscles down to the elbow, forearm and hand. The lower limb is covered in a similar way starting with the muscles, which attach on the pelvis and spine and then working through the thigh, leg and feet. Finally the book looks at the lymphatics system, which is responsible for the drainage of the myofascia.
Techniques are described in chronological order.
Illustrations enable the reader to easily understand the written description of the technique. The arrows give an appreciation of the direction of the muscle fibres, the appropriate direction of the applicator and the direction of the isometric muscle contraction. A small mini-key for the arrows is placed below each illustration to remind the reader of the meaning of the different arrows. The white arrow is 'The muscle', the blue/ dotted arrow is 'The primary force', the green arrow is 'The secondary force', the red arrow is 'The longitudinal or stretch force' and the yellow arrow is 'The contraction force'.
Myofaction contains 54 chapters and 147 techniques. The book covers all the soft tissues in body - over one hundred muscles or muscle groups, tendons and ligaments, and the lymphatic system. Over eighty anatomical diagrams, 175 computer images, 161 photographs and 161 video clips makes this the most comprehensive book of muscle manipulation technique currently available.
This book has been written primarily because of a confluence of three skills; clinical skills as an Osteopath, lecturing skills in anatomy and soft tissue manipulation and computer skills in word processing and graphic art. Clinical skills provide the experience, lecturing skill provide the ability to impart knowledge and the computer skills provide the tools to be able to package the knowledge effectively.
The author has worked in the field of massage and associated modalities for over twenty years. In 1978 he established a school of yoga in Chester in the U.K. He worked with yoga and massage for several years before training as an Osteopath and Naturopath at the N.S.W. College of Natural Therapies and the Pacific College of Osteopathic medicine, Sydney, Australia. He set up his first practice as an Osteopath in July 1985 in Sydney, Australia. In 1987 he worked for a year in Liverpool, U.K. as an Osteopath and completed postgraduate studies at The British School of Osteopathy, London. He started working as a lecturer in 1987 teaching ‘Alternative medicine’ for Liverpool City Council and ‘Natural living’ at Burton Manor College, Cheshire, U.K. In 1989 he was resident therapist at the Brunswick Health Retreat, Brunswick Junction, Western Australia. Between April 1989 and March 1993 he ran the Vidah Natural Health Centre, in Perth, WA and lectured in 'Alternative medicine' and 'Natural living' at W.A.C.A.E. (Edith Cowan University) and in ‘Soft tissue technique’ and ‘Surface anatomy’ at the local technical college (T.A.F.E.), Mt Lawley, Western Australia. In 1993 he returned to the UK and worked as a locum and assistant to Osteopaths until 1997. In 1997 he returned to Perth, WA again and settled down to practice Osteopathy at his clinic 'The Natural Health Centre'. He continued as a lecturer in 'Surface anatomy' and 'Transverse friction and deep tissue massage' at T.A.F.E. and in 'Contemporary Health Issues', 'Life Skills' and 'Advanced massage' and 'Hydrotherapy' at the Australian College of Natural Health Sciences, East Perth, Western Australia. The author has travelled extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, China, Russia, Africa, North America, Central and South America. He is currently an independent environmental activist and lobbyist and runs Information for Action and its website www.informaction.org
The book may be purchased for A$132 (= A$120 plus A$12 GST/tax). Postage costs are not included in the price. Add $10 for Eastern Australia, $6 for Western Australia, A$25 for Europe, and A$22 for USA and Canada. For more information about purchasing the book, including discount prices for bulk purchases or workshops in Myofaction please contact the author by e-mail.
Melainie Cameron B.App.Sc. (Ost), M.H.Sc.
George Stylian D.O.,Grad.Cert.(Osteo.Paed.) N.D,FS.O.,DBM
A 3rd year Osteopathic student.