This volume provides both the scientific and medical background to manipulation, as well as sound practical advice on how to carry out manipulative techniques. Manipulation is a now well-founded technique for the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems, and especially back pain. The Royal College of General Practitioners has recommended manipulation as a therapy, as has the Clinical standards Advisory Group. Manipulation is now also part of the core training of rheumatologists. The text is accompanied with illustrations showing how to manipulate safely, and key references are provided throughout. The book should be of i nterest to all those interested in manipulatio, including rheumatologists, general practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.
Part 1: Preparing to be a carer: plans, promises and pledges. Befriending the patient. Taking time for yourself. Taking responsibility for the patient's personal affairs. Financial issues associated with being a carer. Part 2: Plain speaking: communication. The patient has been given bad news. You know the patient has cancer before they do. Avoiding collusion with the patient. Part 3: Practical problems: patient has a poor appetite. Breathlessness. Chemotherapy. The patient is confused. The patient is depressed. The patient is having radiotherapy. The patient's skin is at risk. Part 4: Psychological, social and spiritual issues. The patient is dying. A further examination of the body has been ordered. Coping with bereavement. Glossary of medical terms. Useful organizations.