DVD New Manual Articular Approach - The Knee: A
New Manual Articular Approach (MAA) is a manual therapy
modality that applies a comprehensive approach to the treatment of joints. It
integrates all aspects of the joint including the nerve, artery, bone, capsule,
and ligaments, as well as visceral and emotional connections. MAA delves into
the joints like never before. It examines the nerves of each joint, along with
the arteries, meniscus, ligaments, capsule attachments and folds. It
incorporates soft tissue mobilization of the associated bones, while looking at
direct and indirect relationships between the bones of the body. The
relationship between the viscera and the joints is not widely understood. MAA
shows how interconnected they are and that without addressing this visceral
connection many joint issues may not fully resolve. The application of the
gentle MAA techniques improves the body’s ability to heal and restore itself to
In this DVD Jean-Pierre Barral demonstrates his new
techniques for the treatment of the knee. The underlying concept has been
developed over many years in collaboration
with Alain Croibier. Its practical application to the knee is exemplary.
Barral calls the knee a "neurological joint." He
alludes here to the complex relationships that exist between the knee and the
nervous system. The example of the knee demonstrates very clearly how the
different building blocks of the organism are neurologically wired to the
"executive floor“ - the brain.
The application field reaches from prevention of sports
injuries to the treatment of chronic and acute dysfunctions. Barral succeeds in
giving a practical, anatomy-based introduction into the various facets of this particularly
The first chapter
looks at its active and passive stabilizers. The practical treatment
demonstrations circle around the interaction between muscles and ligaments.
chapter is also dedicated to active and passive stabilizers. From the combination of
techniques demonstrated in the first and second chapters emerges a three
dimensional way of entrance to the knee joint.
The third chapter
regards specifically the ligaments that play a role for the menisci.
In the three parts of
the fourth chapter Barral demonstrates the treatment of the neurovascular
system. Innovative techniques are shown here to treat the nerves, arteries and veins which are the backdrop of important knee dysfunctions.
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