BOOK REVIEW: Yoga And Rehabilitation Dr Nilima Patel & Red Flags: A Guide to identifying serious patholgy of the spine by Sue Greenhalgh

YOGA AND REHABILITATION By: NILIMA PATEL

The “realized self” through yogic practice, along with scientific guidelines, is a key factor in Rehabilitation. The book “Yoga and Rehabilitation” by Dr Nilima Patel displays an Integrated Approach to Physio Yoga, listing various paths of yoga and how it results in Positive Health. The Astang yoga is described in detail in this book, and how it is a spiritual tool to achieve Positive Health. What is interesting for physiotherapists is author’s deep understanding on both the subjects and how the yogic physiotherapy becomes a specialized form of Psycho-Physical Exercise.

Red Flags: A Guide to Identifying Serious Pathology of the Spine.  By Sue Greenhalgh, JamesSelfe. 

Identifying patients who have a high index of suspicion for serious spinal pathology is increasingly the responsibility of physiotherapists in both first contact and extended scope of practice situations. The importance of the clinical assessment of spinal patients, as performed by physiotherapists and other health professionals, has been emphasized in evidence based back pain guidelines. The intention of this pocketbook is to consolidate, to one source, information about red flags for all physiotherapists including physiotherapy students who work with those with spinal pain. Challenges facing physiotherapists in the diagnosis of spinal pain are the basis of the second chapter. Content includes psychosocial flags, clinical reasoning and health behaviour. These are large topics to cover in a small book. Case examples demonstrate how a composite of findings can lead to four flags and a high suspicion of serious spinal pathology.

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