Subject: Cerebral Palsy and Other Motor Disorders

Series: Clinics in Developmental Medicine

Publication date: 01/01/1992

ISBN: 9780901260970

Edition: 1st

Pages: 220

Muscles, Masses, and Motion

The Physiology of Normality, Hypotonicity, Spasticity & Rigidity

Geoffrey Walsh (Author)

Ways to buy

Hardback edition (complete book)


This book reviews normal muscle tone and how it differs in spastic, thixotropic and hypotonic patients. The book contains practical advice on measuring the postural system and will be of interest to pediatricians and also to physiologists involved in investigating muscle tone.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 125

Geoffrey E. Walsh

'The book may be of curious significance to those interested in biomechanics and the concepts of inertia, resonant frequency, thixotrophy, and the plastic characteristics of muscle.'

Charles Sisung, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

'Dr Walsh, a recognised authority on the physical characteristics of muscle, joint and connective tissues has, in this monograph, given a detailed account of his laboratory investigations into the underlying mechanisms, and related his results to published work.'

A Iggo, Paraplegia

'In describing this book, I am intrigued by it, value it highly and encourage you to read it. It is well written, well illustrated and tremendously interesting in its breadth as well as depth. One of the endearing characteristics of the book is it timelessness.'

Robert R Young, EEG Clinical Neurophysiology

'For anyone seriously interested in understanding the controversial issues of normal vs. abnormal muscle tone, skeletal muscle spasm and muscle stiffness this book is THE place to start. It is delightfully and authoritatively informative at the superficial level and is profoundly educational to the serious scholar.'

David G Simons, Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain

'For those with an interest in experimental biomechanics and its history in particular this book will make fascinating reading.'

Maria Stokes, Physiotherapy

'This monograph provides a welcome resource on the biomechanical characteristics of the human body. It is also welcome as a clear manifestation of the integrative role of physiology in helping us understand the basis of symptoms and signs of human disease. It is likely to be greatly appreciated by all interested in the fundamentals of human physiology and by clinicians concerned with disorders of motor control. It is also relevant to physiotherapy and other remedial professions, especially as a starting point for clinical research.'

Richard Edwards, BMJ

'The book contains many interesting anecdotes involving physical phenomena of muscles. Overall, it is an interesting book. If you are asked to consult on the physics of muscles, you will find many items of historical and current interest in it.'

John Cameron, University of Wisconsin-Madison

'This unusual book, well produced and profusely illustrated, is recommended to all who are interested in the physiology of the control of movement or in the treatment of its disorders. Those who also enjoy(ed) playing with machines will find it particularly rewarding.'

I M L Donaldson, Experimental Physiology

'Muscle tone is one parameter of interest in drug and physical therapy programmes for children with neurological impairment. This book is an excellent resource and stimulus to clinicians and physical therapists undertaking research in this area.'

M O'Callaghan, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health