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eBook The Spinal Engine ePub

by Serge Gracovetsky

  • ISBN: 0387820302
  • Category: Medicine
  • Subcategory: Medicine
  • Author: Serge Gracovetsky
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag; 1st edition (March 1, 1989)
  • Pages: 271
  • ePub book: 1889 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1878 kb
  • Other: docx doc txt azw
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 385

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Gracovetsky's book is a tremendous contribution to that understanding. The Spinal Engine is a filled with great information and provides a lot of valuable insight

Gracovetsky's book is a tremendous contribution to that understanding. What G. demonstrates is that walking is primarily a function of the spine, with the legs serving as high gear, rather than primarily a function of the legs. There is a striking example in the book of an unfortunate gentleman, born without arms or legs, who can walk (not that fast, I imagine, and with exaggerated torso movement). The Spinal Engine is a filled with great information and provides a lot of valuable insight.

Gracovetsky's book is a tremendous contribution to that understanding.

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The theory of the "spinal-engine" (Gracovetsky 1988) incorporates these ideas. The lordotic spine converts the primitive piscine lateral bend into an axial torque driving the pelvis.

Serge Gracovetsky, P. This book has 271 pages. This work describes the theory of the Spinal Engine and gives experimental evidence in support of the theory. This document is a sample of the various chapters and appendices. I have encluded a 35 minutes movie in WMV and MOV formats describing how the function of the spine can be measured. The interested reader can watch

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This book deals with the human spine with particular emphasis on the lumbar spine. 3. View via Publisher. Stability or controlled instability.

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Comments

Jonariara Jonariara
The other review here also rates the book 5 stars, but the reviewer says "Without knowing it, the author validates chiropractic theory on biomechanics... and calls into question the rationale behind spinal fusion surgery".
I personally have grave doubts about "chiro theory", and anyway, Gracovetsky is a VERY smart dude. If he were validating chiro theory, I think he would know it. You don't have to be a chiropractor, or even believe in chiropractic, to get a great deal out of this book.

I work with spine surgeons (I'm a surgical neurophysiologist), and I can tell you, some spinal fusions will always be necessary. It is not that surgeons don't know the spine needs to function. (Actually, some of the more crucial functions of the spinal column, such as protecting the cord from being crushed, or supporting the torso, are preserved or restored by fusion). In fact, over the years they've improved surgical techniques to allow better function in weight bearing and movement. If you have degenerating vertebral bodies, for example, you may have to have a fusion. That doesn't mean the spine won't function at all; it still holds up the head, it still allows for movement in the sections that are not fused.

Undoubtedly some surgeries could be avoided with better nonsurgical treatment, and undoubtedly there is room for improvement in surgical techniques and in the understanding we have of human spinal function-- not just surgeons, but rehab docs, PT's, bodyworkers, all of us. Gracovetsky's book is a tremendous contribution to that understanding.

What G. demonstrates is that walking is primarily a function of the spine, with the legs serving as high gear, rather than primarily a function of the legs.
There is a striking example in the book of an unfortunate gentleman, born without arms or legs, who can walk (not that fast, I imagine, and with exaggerated torso movement). There are a great many other fascinating things in the book, as well as a lot of stuff that's way over my head.

If you can get hold of a copy of this book, and you're interested in how the body functions in walking and running, you'll find it very worthwhile.
Phenade Phenade
Excellent reference for anyone who works with the human body and seeks to understand the mechanisms of its movement. However, it is sometimes difficult to understand for the lay-reader.
Kelezel Kelezel
I have purchased softcover edition (updated version October 2008). Fantastic book. Innovative and challenging view of biomechanical gait theory. Highly recommended.
Burgas Burgas
For my defined goal, this book is academically yet practically incredible book. It's such a shame that Dr. Gracovetsky should have not been esteemed for a long time. This book helps my understanding of fascia in practical sense. Even though I couldn't fully understand the mathematical formulae, his explanations are excellent for average readers like most of us. Imagine, how many ineffective yet unnecessary spine surgeries should have been avoided?
Granigrinn Granigrinn
This is a must read for chiropractors. Without knowing it, the author validates chiropractic theory on biomechanics, and the goal of treatment - restoring function to the facets, the "gears" of the spinal engine, and calls into question the rationale behind spinal fusion surgery.
Although the book is heavy in mathematics and laboratory data, several chapters are concise in the description of spinal biomechanics. Once you know this material cold, you own it.
Quellik Quellik
I love everything about Serge Gracovetsky's approach to looking at the spine and it's function. Very comprehensive and technical, with a touch of well placed humor. He seems confident in what he presents and honest with where the limitations in our capabilities of knowing certain things about the spine might be. The book is not easy for someone without a deep mathematics education to understand completely, but there is enough available outside of that to make the book well worth the investigation.
Yla Yla
This is seriously next-level stuff. It is absolutey not an easy read. I imagine most people will need to re-read most paragraphs several times and meditate on many of the concepts. I coach cyclists and runners. This is the most prized book I have relating to athletics.
The Spinal Engine is a filled with great information and provides a lot of valuable insight. Some of the models and conclusions tend to get ahead of themselves, otherwise I would give this reference book 5 stars.