Lotus Publishing/North Atlantic Books, 2016.
ISBN 978-1-905367-64-1. View on Amazon
Dan Buchanan BSc BTEC(5) SRMT, MSMA
All manual therapists (physiotherapists, sports therapists, sport rehabilitators, osteopaths, chiropractors, soft tissue therapists, bodyworkers). It lends itself particularly well to those working and aspiring to work with elite athletes as this is the context from which Paula has formulated this book. It makes a complicated subject simple and enables the reader to fully understand the influence of the sacroiliac joint (SIJ) and its effects upon the neuromyofascial matrix in sporting performance as well as the regular activities of daily living.
Over 20 years of experience and expertise have been distilled down into an excellent comprehensive and concise reference book on a crucial area of the body. A must read for all practitioners, whether newly qualified or highly experienced.
The book is divided into seven chapters. The main meat of the book is built around the assessment and treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and piriformis syndrome. This is backed up by thorough up-to-date chapters on fascia, dry needling, dynamic taping, and a useful appendix covering the theory and practice of instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilisation (IASTM).
This book is very well structured and easy to use as a reference. Concepts are easy to understand and there are excellent photos and illustrations throughout. There is lots of underpinning knowledge regarding anatomy/physiology and pathology of the SIJ and piriformis – it’s not just a book of treatment tips and tricks. This level of background knowledge enables the practitioner to assess more thoroughly and apply treatment techniques much more effectively. It feels much like having Paula with you in your clinical environment. For those who work alone or haven’t had an opportunity to work in an elite multidisciplinary team this is a brilliant thing.
It is possible that more experienced practitioners might quickly scan through this book and think that they have seen lots of the assessment and treatment techniques before. Personally, as an experienced sport rehabilitator and now soft tissue therapist, there were lots of useful assessment and treatment ideas that I benefited from.
Much like Paula’s teaching style this book is relaxed and informative. It is very easy to dip in and out of. There are excellent photos of hands-on techniques with the structural anatomy underneath, extra information boxes and detailed anatomy boxes for the relevant muscles and structures acting on and around the hip and pelvis. It would work very well as a teaching/CPD resource for medical departments, colleges and universities.
There are no interactive extras but the book is written and presented in a fresh and modern style.
I would highly recommend this book to all manual therapists. Working in a similar field, I have looked up to Paula over the years and followed her career. Three years ago I attended one of her weekend hip and pelvis masterclasses and was impressed that as well as being an excellent practitioner she was a fantastic teacher too. It does not surprise me that she has gone on to write a book on this – her specialist subject.
Recently I went to hear Sir Clive Woodward speak on what makes a champion. He made two great points:
When asked to review this book this advice immediately came to mind. Paula Clayton has been a champion performance therapist for over 20 years working at a highly elite level; the fact that she is willing to share her experience and expertise in the pages of this excellent reference book is an opportunity not to be missed.
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Dan is a senior soft tissue therapist with 14 years of experience working in elite and professional sport. He currently splits his time between working for Derby County FC and running his own clinic GoPerform in Reading, UK.
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