How “Osteopathic Self-Treatment” became “Maintaining Body-Balance, Flexibility and Stability”
In 1990 I compiled a book of self-treatment approaches deriving from osteopathy…and with very little originality, called it “Osteopathic Self-Treatment” (Thorsons, Wellingborough)
The idea was to explain simple manual self-treatment methods, to be used in combination with a therapist, who would help to select and demonstrate the various methods.
In this way, patients/clients as well as their health-care advisers would have an investment in using the book safely …I thought!
The content list offers a sense of what was on offer:
- Different forms of Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
- Explanations and summaries of MET methods
- Muscles: types and tests
- MET in action
- Trigger points and their importance
- Self-mobilization methods
- Strain and counterstrain techniques
The book sold moderately well….but NOT to patients …it was largely purchased my therapists who found the ‘idiot-proof’ guidelines for use of soft-tissue manipulation and exercise methods, helpful in their work.
Unfortunately however, over the next few years sales dipped, and the book was discontinued – with copyright reverting to me.
Despite this I was convinced of its intrinsic value – as on a regular basis, practitioners/therapists would contact me to say what a boon it was in their work, and why could they not get copies any more as the one they had was ragged and falling apart?
The years went by, and I changed publisher, and at some point suggested that we revive the book, by updating it and giving it a new title.
As a result “Maintaining Body Balance etc etc” emerged (ChurchillLivingstone 2004) – with a subtitle: “A practical guide to the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction”.
The book was enlarged, expanded and improved (see content list below)
….now surely (I thought), it would find a market?
- The different forms of MET
- Testing for shortness in muscles
- MET: Treatment and Self-treatment methods
- Trigger points and their importance in pain control
- self-mobilization methods
- Strength plus endurance equals stability
- Balance, agility and breathing
- Introducing positional release techniques and strain and counterstrain
- A selection of ‘Exercise cards’ [free of copyright for photocopying] was created in a flap, inside the back cover
This excellent book, easily accessible explanations and well illustrated, was ideal for collaborative work between therapist and patient….. Nevertheless – book only had modest sales, and limped along until 2012…when for the second time in its career, it went out of print…. and rights once again reverted to me.
I quick look at Amazon.com, today – May 31st 2013 – shows that new copies of the book are now available at around $450, with second hand copies going for $70+
…… In Europe Amazon.co.uk displays (today) eye-watering prices of £1146 (new) and £98 second hand.
The Foreword (by Doug Lewis ND, of Bastyr University), and Chapter 1 (Different forms of MET) – as well as the copyright-free cards, are freely downloadable at no charge.
I’d really like to have feedback from anyone who has used either book in the past…or who finds the present version useful….!
Third time lucky?????