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 KEY MUSCLES OF YOGA
The Key Muscles of Yoga is a great anatomy resource to keep on your bookshelf. Although the book focuses on the scientific approach to the poses and muscles used in hatha yoga, its clear illustrations and simple explanations help anyone (yogi or not) better understand the muscles used during movement of the human body.
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.
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.
TWO FEET BACK
Two Feet Back is the amazing story of Grant Korgan, a public speaker, an athlete, and a former nanoscientist who learned to walk again after injuring his spinal cord in a snowmobile accident. His book is about his injury, his recovery, and his journey to find gratitude and positivity to overcome life’s adversities.