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The Comprehensive Manual of Therapeutic Exercises


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About the Author


Chapter 1.... The Basics

Chapter 2.... Cervical Exercises

Chapter 3.... Thoracic Exercises

Chapter 4.... Lumbar Exercises

Chapter 5.... Upper Extremity Exercises

Chapter 6.... Lower Extremity Exercises

Chapter 7.... Specialty Programs

Chapter 8.... The Athlete


About the Author

Elizabeth Bryan, PT, DPT, OCS received her BA in Biology in 1995 from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO and her BHS in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1998. She went on to work in the outpatient Orthopedic setting at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, MO before moving to Colorado Springs, where she managed a spine specialty clinic for the next 4 years. After having her son, she moved back to Columbia and practiced full time in an orthopedic clinic. She completed her Board Certification in Orthopedics through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2008, at which time she entered into the teaching profession. She then completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO in 2010 in addition to 12 credit hours in Education at the University of Missouri. Liz was a lead instructor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Linn State Technical College of Missouri for 6 years. Her teaching responsibilities included teaching subjects such as orthopedics for the PTA, Principles of Therapeutic Exercise, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology, PTA Trends and Issues, Documentation, and Medical Terminology, and she was a lab assistant for Basic Patient Care and Neurological Interventions and coinstructor for Health and Disease. She helped to develop and coordinate clinical education internship sites for the entire body of students, perform assessment of clinical education, and manage the clinical education of her students.

It was in this realm of her career Liz became compelled to create this textbook. She felt there was a great need for a comprehensive manual of exercises geared toward educating students and clinicians on how to properly implement clinically relevant exercises. She also wanted to provide a wide range of appropriate exercises for clinicians and students to choose from in accomplishing their physical therapy goals. She began the process of compiling exercises from every source she could find, including many of the clinics she worked in. She utilized many of her own smaller versions that she had compiled in her own practice. In using these for teaching, she started to see how helpful these manuals would be for clinicians and students. The detailed table of contents and the proposal took over 2 years to complete as she strived to incorporate thousands of exercises she had used and had seen used in the clinic—truly striving for it to be comprehensive in nature. Since the book has been completed, Liz has returned to her calling in clinical work. She currently works in the outpatient setting in Columbia and focuses much of her treatment on manual therapy and exercise. Her experience in the clinical setting—although very heavy in the outpatient settings—also includes experience in acute care orthopedics and extended care in skilled nursing facilities.
Liz also has a strong second career as an artist. She has been drawing and sculpting the human form even at a young age, part of where her interest in physical therapy was derived. She continues to express herself through art of many forms, including painting and large-scale art installations.

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