section is devoted to Angela Mason, a fellow practitioner and ardent bibliophile,
whose generosity has enormously benefited me.
started training as a Bowen Therapist with but a limited knowledge of
medical matters, and found that I required a means of relating the posture
and problems of a patient to the causes and effects within the body. I
also needed insight into muscular problems associated with medication,
operations, emotions and illness.
following books aided me on my journey, the first three of which I carry
around in my briefcase.
muscle book by Paul Blakey. ISBN 1 873017 00 6.
find this book very useful, some of the authors recommended remedial
moves having parallels in Bowen therapy. The graphics are clear, concise
and cross-referred. There are four drawings of the total skeletal and
muscular systems having the muscles annotated with their relevant pages
in the book. Each page follows the same format and gives information about
the muscle in question, its operation, a means of easing it, and associated
effects. (I have used the reflex moves on patients with interesting
Blakey very kindly gave me permission to quote from his book in a work
that I am compiling. (A Therapists Notebook.)
Anatomy and Physiology by H.G.Q. Rowett. ISBN 0-7195-8592-9.
a penchant for the detail as to how a thing works I appreciate the succinct
sections on essential chemistry of cells, the structure and
function of skin, muscles, skeleton, nerves, digestive system and so on.
often turn to it, particularly when I am analysing the cause and effect
of deep muscle action, and referred pain, the search for the latter considerably
aided by the charts showing the distribution of the nervous system. This
is particularly useful for identifying muscles on the spinal column that
may impact on that nerve.
of Anatomy and Physiology by William Arnold Taylor. ISBN 0-7487-3634-4
less detailed discourse than the above book that I found very helpful
during my training when I did not need a plethora of information to confuse
of the Skeletal Muscles by Robert J. Stone and Judith J. Stone.
major part of the body is separately illustrated and shows the associated
muscles, which are then drawn in large scale, one to a page. There is
a note with each muscle giving its origin, insertion, action and nerve.
There is a useful footnote referring to associated muscles, to which I
think that it would have been helpful to have the body drawing at the
front of the section rather than on the last page. You also need to know
the aspects of the body view to decipher the view of the muscle on the
page. For example, forearm-anterior view, would to me, be
more quickly recognised if it had been labelled, left hand, forearm-anterior
view. But then, this illustrates my unfamiliarity with anatomical
terminology. The book is invaluable to me, helping me on one occasion
to identify the possible sources of thumb joint pain and inflammation.
Really Wrong With You. By Thomas Grinner with Maxine Nunes.
book was a revelation, giving a whole new dimension to my practice, and
enabling me to authoritatively spout at length about cause and effect
of muscular problems to any captive audience.
can sympathise with the author, an ex-NASA Engineer applying his technically
inspired logic to break out of the confines and restrictions imposed by
the field of evidence based medicine and practices, and the
hauteur of the some of the practitioners thereof.
to reading the book I had intuitively used his principles on one patient
with surprisingly effective results, clearing up long term pain and skeletal
imbalance, (detailed case note being compiled). The book enabled me to
refine and integrate the technique into some of my treatments. The Bowen
purists may be aghast, but I saw the principles being demonstrated at
a recent Bowen workshop as part of Bowen therapy technique. I often consult
the book, though due to the small illustrations I like to cross-refer
to one of the anatomical books above.
word of warning to those of you who wish to apply the technique, you need
the lightest of light touches to achieve results, the deep spasm muscle
is like finding a pea under a mattress, its release is equally as tricky.
You can over-treat the general area by going too deep and too long into
the muscle. You may lock the person into discomfort from which the body
may take some time to self-heal.
Doctors Dont Tell You. By Lynne McTaggart. ISBN 0-7225-3042-2
first read this very early on in my training. I was firstly taken aback
that the medical profession could possibly be questioned, secondly I bordered
on anger that the various vested interests should so set the agenda and
be economically minded with the truth. I have to take care that my anger
is not transmitted to my patients, being diplomatic is part of any therapy
treatment. Though I should not overly concern myself, quite a proportion
of my patients see alternatives as the first call, and a doctor as the
last, which I point out is not necessarily for the best, we each have
something to offer. Perhaps the book would be better titled as What
the Medical Establishments Dont Tell You. There are many enlightened
and dedicated doctors out there.
is interesting, and alarming to make a comparison with Asthma drugs
in this book with the same drugs in the next book. (Quotation; Albuterol,
[Salbutamol], and Feneterol have been associated with increased risk of
death or near death.)
Guide to Medicines and Drugs Published by the British Medical
Association. ISBN 0-7513-0444-1.
very good synopsis of various conditions and explicit with the side effects
of each of the drugs, though the lack of emphasis of some of the side
effects is disconcerting. (Refer to the comments for asthma in the book
must for anyone in the alternative or complementary fields, as sometimes
you are looking at side effects of medication. Some patients will have
made themselves familiar with these effects, others may not have done.
Do not cast doubt on the efficacy of the medication and do not alarm the
patient. Suggest that they may care to discuss the way they feel with
reference to the comment above from WDDTY . The BMA book refers
to Salbutomol; Possible adverse effects. Anxiety/nervous tension-common.
Tremor-common. Restleness-common. Discuss with Doctor only if severe.
So the question is, what causes panic attacks, asthma or the medication?
think it is the understatement in this book that causes concern. There
is also the question of over-dosing as this can aggravate the state of
anxiety, yet someone into a panic attack is most likely to go for the
inhaler to bring relief.
Anatomy for Medical Students. IV Edition. Richard Snell. ISBN 0-316-80135-6.
definitive book, with case notes, with questions and answers for the student.
an in-depth book, and appears to be based upon the authors extensive
clinical work and teaching experience. I feel that he is able to get down
to my level, a rare gift for such a highly qualified person.
found the vast index confusing at times, the thing is to remember that
a muscle is listed in alphabetical order in the muscle section,
as are the nerves, arteries, veins etc.. I once used the illustrations
of conditions to diagnose and successfully treat a patient who had restricted
arm movement, (winged scapula). Some of the points in the book have been
incorporated into the medical questionnaire that I offer to new patients.
If I were on a desert island then this would be one of the books that
I would take with me.
have a G2 Section that is dedicated on a specific day to certain subjects.
I have collected all the medical pages and articles, indexed them and
used them as a reference work. The scope is varied and embodies some of
the latest views on medical matters. I would have difficulty in obtaining
this sort of information without subscribing to an expensive medical journal.
articles in Health Sections.
been warned that some of these articles have been written by people who
are paid to promote a particular cure. I leave you to make
your own judgements on this.
are many other books that I have read, (I am fortunate that where
I practice the partners have made a large investment in books, and I have
free access to all these, and often browse away between patients.) I do
not recognise any limitations to the acquisition of knowledge, my aim
is to know enough to be able to ask the right questions.