Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Holistic Approaches for Prevention and Wellness

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Carol M. Davis
Slack Incorporated, Jan 1, 1997 - Science - 296 pages
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Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Holistic Approaches for Prevention and Wellness was written and developed by therapists with various backgrounds who offer insightful descriptions and applications of certain alternative therapies. Each of the chapters provides you with the author's experience and expertise for an individual approach to help you better understand the background, benefit, and method used. This book will help explain the differences and benefits of these alternative therapies vs. traditional medical interventions. It gives you the essential background and historical development of these approaches to better understand their emerging value. As more and more therapists and their patients explore the possibilities of complementary medicine, Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation opens the door to explaining the impact of these concepts. Examples of approaches described include; Tai Chi, Myofascial Therapy, Yoga, and Rolfing. Each chapter offers a basic description and how they are employed into practice by the author as complementary to traditional therapy. Carol Davis, EdD, PT has invited several experts to provide to you, in their own words, the value and impact these approaches have on their patients. This text will focus on the importance of therapeutic presence, including wholism, energy and the mind/body connection and how these concepts can be used to enhance current rehabilitation practice such as exercise, mobilization, prevention, and the use of physical agents. A primary goal of this book is to help you become more familiar with these approaches, and recognize their therapeutic value for the patient.

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Dr. Carol Davis has practiced physical therapy for over 30 years, beginning her career at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1969. Her early clinical career expanded to academics in 1971 when she joined the faculty at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She completed her Doctorate in Humanistic Studies at Boston University in 1982, and has been on the faculty at the University of Miami since that time, except for a 2 and a half year position at Boston University from 1985 to 1987. Currently, she is a tenured professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Her practice with complementary therapies began in 1989 when she initiated her study of myofascial release with John Barnes, PT. She has continued studying and practicing myofascial release, along with coursework in craniosacral therapy, Therapeutic Touch, and the Feldenkrais approach. She is the author of several articles and chapters on complementary and alternative therapies, and has produced a videotape lecture entitled The Challenge of the New Millennium--Returning Healing to Health Care: Theoretical Foundation of Holistic Complementary Therapies, which outlines the scientific theory behind holistic approaches-quantum physics and systems theory, and is available from SLACK Incorporated. She also has written three editions of the text, Patient Practitioner Interaction: An Experiential Manual for Developing the Art of Patient Care, also published by SLACK Incorporated. Dr. Davis treats patients weekly using myofascial release as complementary to physical therapy. She teaches in both the entry-level doctoral program in physical therapy (DPT and tDPT) and in the PhD program at theUniversity of Miami. Her research focus on examining the clinical efficacy for the use of myofascial release, especially with elderly patients with musculoskeletal problems. She was awarded the Catherine Worthingham Fellow award by the American Physical Therapy Association, the highest award given to members in 2003.

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