"Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach" blends postural techniques, neurology, and functional capabilities in order to alleviate chronic musculoskeletal pain and promote greater functionality. Developed by Vladimir Janda, respected neurologist and physiotherapist, the Janda approach presents a unique perspective to rehabilitation. In contrast to a more traditional structural view, the Janda approach is functional, emphasising the importance of the sensorimotor system in controlling movement and chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes from sports and general activities. This is the only text to offer practical, evidence-based application of Janda's theories. Filled with illustrations, photos and step-by-step instructions, the book uses a systematic approach in presenting information that can be used in tandem with other clinical techniques. This resource for practitioners features a rationale for rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system based on the relationship between the central nervous system and the motor system. Through this book, it provides an evidence-based explanation of muscle imbalance.
The step-by-step Janda system of evaluation is explained including analysis of posture, balance and gait; evaluation of movement patterns; testing of muscle length; and, assessment of the soft tissue. The text explores treatment options for muscle imbalance through facilitation and inhibition techniques and sensorimotor training to restore neuromucular function. It also includes four case studies examining musculoskeletal conditions and showing how the Janda approach compares with other treatments. This text combines theory, evidence and applications to assist clinicians in implementing the Janda approach into their practice.
Phil Page, MS, PT, ATC, CSCS, trained under the guidance of Dr. Vladimir Janda and has taught the Janda approach at national and international workshops. A certified kinesiotaping practitioner, Page is currently working toward his doctorate in kinesiology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where his research focuses on EMG and muscle imbalance. He is also director of clinical education and research for Thera-Band products. Clare C. Frank, DPT, is an orthopedic clinical specialist in private practice in Los Angeles. She serves on the clinical faculty for Kaiser Permanente Movement Science Fellowship in Los Angeles. She also serves as a guest lecturer at the local universities and teaches throughout the United States and internationally. Frank studied under and taught with Dr. Vladimir Janda. She is a certified instructor of the Janda approach to musculoskeletal pain syndromes, a certified kinesiotaping practitioner, and a certified instructor of Kolar's approach to dynamic neuromuscular stabilization.
Chapter 1. Structural and Functional Approaches to Muscle Imbalance; Chapter 2. The Sensorimotor System; Chapter 3. Chain Reactions; Chapter 5. Posture, Balance, and Gait Analysis; Chapter 6. Evaluation of Movement Patterns; Chapter 7. Muscle Length Testing; Chapter 8. Soft-Tissue Assessment; Chapter 9. Normalization of Peripheral Structures; Chapter 10. Restoration of Muscle Balance; Chapter 11. Sensorimotor Training; Chapter 12. Cervical Pain Syndromes; Chapter 15. Lower-Extremity Pain Syndromes.