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September 21, 1957

Therapeutic Exercise for Body Alignment and Function

JAMA. 1957;165(3):310. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980210106029

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The authors of this book are physical therapists. The book is designed primarily as a working guide for therapists who desire to provide exercises for patients having various malalignments of the musculoskeletal system. It is profusely illustrated with line drawings, depicting various exercises. The book is divided into five chapters dealing with standing posture, analysis of body alignment, the therapeutic exercise program, principles of treatment and exercises for the various areas, and positions of the body in activity and rest. There is also an extensive appendix containing illustrations demonstrating the muscles of primary concern in alignment of the body and a discussion of the origin, insertion, and function of these muscles. The manual is designed for the use of all persons dealing with problems of body alignment and function. An effort has been made to select those corrective procedures that are best suited for clinical application and to discuss them

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