The Big Back Book Tips and Tricks for Therapists is packed with ideas and suggestions for the assessment, treatment, and aftercare of the spine
The Big Back Book came about following the delivery, over many years, of a series of workshops on the specific topics of neck and back assessment and treatment. The workshops focused on a simple premise: to share tips that I had picked up over many years working as a physical therapist and massage therapist. The workshops tended to attract therapists who lacked confidence or who felt that they had not received comprehensive training in the area of assessment and treatment, yet who themselves attracted patients for whom such treatment was required.
The workshops also attracted therapists who were frustrated at not achieving what they felt were good results for their clients and who thirsted to seek answers regarding different techniques. Perhaps it was because some of the therapists in attendance felt they lacked knowledge, or because some were motivated to vary their approach, that these workshops generated much discussion and debate, and sharing of ideas. I began keeping notes for the purposes of introducing new ideas into the workshops and generating further discussion. I formed the idea for writing three separate books containing tips and tricks for therapists: The Neck, The Thorax, and The Lumbar Spine.
During the workshops, participants were invited to give and receive different assessment and treatment techniques, the facilitation of which hugely informed my own practice. This is the reason why the book is partly dedicated to those participants. Many times over the course of delivering the workshops, I was asked questions to which I had no answer, and this fired my own enthusiasm for investigation. The more questions I was asked, and the more I experimented, the less I felt I knew. I continued to keep copious notes. What was apparent was that the participating therapists each had different and often contrasting responses to which techniques they preferred and found helpful. This is why you will discover that suggestions throughout The Big Back Book are just that—suggestions.I have deliberately avoided being prescriptive with regard to methods of assessment and treatment.
Although I had made a tentative foray into self-publishing and produced The Neck and The Thorax, I was delighted when Thieme Medical Publishers agreed to buy these titles from me and to combine them with The Lumbar Spine to create the book you have here.
I continue to feel that there is much to learn myself about these topics. Nevertheless, The Big Back Book is based on the questions I was able to answer during those workshops and is offered to you as a collection of examples of those methods that have worked well for me over the years. It is a book I wish I had had early on in my career.