Anatomy Trains, by Thomas Myers, is an anatomy book with a holistic approach that uses myofascial connections (bands of connective tissue) to explain the complex patterns of the human body. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about the body’s functional movement patterns and can be directly applied to neurological recovery.
THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF // THE BRAIN'S WAY OF HEALING
Norman Doidge has now written two books having to do with neuroplasticity (how the nervous system can change it’s function with mental practice over time). The first book, The Brain That Changes Itself, is a series of case histories about people with various neurological disorders who progress or overcome their challenges by using the ideas of neuroplasticity to guide their recovery. Doidge’s second book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, shows exactly how the process of neuroplasticity can be used for healing.
LITTLE BIG STEPS: A LIFE-CHANGING INJURY AND THE INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY TO OVERCOME THE ODDS
After thirty years of a healthy, rewarding and exciting life, I wake up in a hospital bed unable to move. The neurosurgeon leans down and breaks the news: You won’t regain any function in your body and you will never walk again. My medical insurance sends me home, discontinues my care, and tells me to “adapt to my new life.” Little Big Steps is the story of the pivotal moments, interactions, and breakthroughs following the injury that turned my life upside down. Each chapter explores the experiences, challenges, and discoveries that have inspired me to work towards those accomplishments I was told were impossible. There are moments of immense frustration and grief, and moments of surreal hilariousness and unparalleled joy as I remain on the path to get back on my feet. The story culminates with proof that motivation, determination, and unwavering commitment can lead to incredible achievements.
DON'T CALL IT A MIRACLE: THE MOVEMENT TO CURE SPINAL CORD INJURY
Kate Willette is the wife of Bob Hansen, who is now walking again after sustaining a C6 incomplete spinal cord injury while skiing. In her book, Don’t Call It A Miracle, The Movement To Cure Spinal Cord Injury, she talks about the basic anatomy of a spinal cord injury, the scientific approach to curing spinal cord injuries, and her approach to help speed along the recovery process. You can request this book for free from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation website.