Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation: Evidence for Efficacy in Therapy, Prevention, and Wellness

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Carol M. Davis
SLACK Incorporated, 2009 - Medical - 409 pages
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For over a decade, Dr. Carol Davis opened the minds of health care professionals worldwide to the idea of complementary therapies in rehabilitation. The pages of this renowned text covered evidence for efficacy in therapy, prevention, and wellness unlike any other text; it is the first of its kind published in the United States.

As science continues to evolve and change, so does the expertise of Dr. Davis and the experienced therapists who join together in writing the various chapters in the Third Edition of Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation.

This evidence-based text includes an insightful review profiling the latest peer reviewed research of holistic approaches commonly used in rehabilitation. Students and practitioners are now able to evaluate the efficacy of these approaches from the evidence that is reported.

New to the Third Edition:

- The latest summary of findings in energy medicine and bio-energetics applied to
rehabilitation therapies
- Updates on randomized control trials
- Reviews of evidence of efficiency
- Energy techniques as a way of returning healing to health care

Professionals will also be excited to have at their hands a new chapter describing the latest discoveries in the science that helps explain how these therapies may “work.” It appears that the future of health care will be based on this unfolding science of energy, medicine and vibration. Professor Davis reads the most updated reports of the latest quantum science and then translates this information into meaningful ideas that relate to what therapists observe every day with patients in their case.

Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation, Third Edition, is the perfect text for all rehabilitation professionals looking to deepen their understanding of various holistic modalities that are making a difference in rehabilitation, especially with patients who have “hit the wall” with the standard treatments that based on mechanistic science. This text provides the latest knowledge and description of rehabilitation professionals' experience with these therapies, and reports the latest peer reviewed evidence for efficiency in therapy, prevention, and wellness.


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Fantastic Book! Davis is ahead of her time and gives each approach its fair say. A must read for all healthcare professionals!


Introduction to the Third Edition
Energy Techniques as a Way of Returning Healing to Health Care
Psychoneuroimmunology The Bridge to the Coexistence of Two Paradigms
Advances in the Science of Energy Medicine Vibration Photons
Therapeutic Massage and Rehabilitation
Craniosacral Therapy
The Missing Link in Traditional Treatment
Complete Decongestive Therapy
The Alexander Technique
Using Functional Integration
Pilates Rehabilitation
An Alternative and Complementary Healing Therapy
Qi Gong for Health and Healing
Magnets What Is the Evidence of Efficacy?
Acupuncture Theory and AcupunctureLike Therapeutics
Therapeutic Touch

The Ida Rolf Method of Structural Integration
Tai Chi Choreography of Body and Mind
Bottomley PhD MS
Yoga Therapeutics An Ancient Practice in a 21st Century Setting
Distance Healing
Biomedical Applications of LowEnergy Lasers

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Carol M. Davis, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA received her undergraduate degree in biology from Lycoming College, an MS in physical therapy from Case Western Reserve University, and a Doctorate in Humanistic Studies (psychology and philosophy) in the School of Education at Boston University and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Mass General Institute of Health Professions. As a faculty member at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Davis has served as Clinical Assistant Professor with Family and Internal Medicine from 1983 to 1985, where she coordinated the Fellowship in Clinical Geriatrics, and from 1987 to now serves as Professor and Assistant Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. Additionally, she has held the positions of clinical staff and clinical instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and Assistant Professor and Co-Chair ad interim of physical therapy at Sargent College of Boston University. She is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant in teaching and developing curriculum in attitudes and values, ethics, geriatrics, and complementary therapies in rehabilitation. Dr. Davis authored the book, Patient Practitioner Interaction: An Experiential Manual for Developing the Art of Health Care, now in its fourth edition, and with Dr. Christine Williams, she coauthored the text Therapeutic Interaction in Nursing, all published by SLACK Incorporated. Today, Dr. Davis is an active researcher, teacher, and practicing physical therapist in Miami, Florida. She conducts research in complementary therapies, clinical geriatrics, and ethics; teaches entry-level doctoral students and PhD students in physical therapy; and treats patients. She has studied Myofascial Release (Barnes Method) since 1989 and uses it regularly as a complement to her physical therapy treatments. In 2003, she was awarded the Catherine Worthingham Fellow award for a lifetime of outstanding service to the profession by the American Physical Therapy Association.

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