Question: Has anybody read ‘Overcoming rep. motion injuries the rossiter way’ by, er.Rossiter?
Answer 1: I have read most of the book. I really don’t know how good that is. The book describes in great detail a series of exercises in which the RSI sufferer performs some stretching while a partner is putting weight on some muscles using his or her foot or elbow. The idea is not to stretch muscles, but to stretch connective tissue (the stuff around muscles). I have tried two of the exercises once. They seemed to do well, but I have no idea whether they are as good as the authors claim.
Answer 2: I have seen on the review that you need another person to help you with it. That makes me wonder how practical it really is.
Answer 3: I reviewed the book prior to publication. I think it is helpful. The techniques it teaches are excellent.
Answer 4: It appears from the www.newharbinger.com website that this book by Richard Rossiter and Sue MacDonald is one for which I wrote an appendix. The draft manuscript chapters which I read in autumn of 1998 were very direct, clear and practical, written in a style which I found carefully descriptive and engaging. Based on my experience and a year of first hand investigation of Rossiter’s and other systems, I am confident that whatever final form the book has taken and the last draft I saw was close to being finished – Richard Rossiter and Sue MacDonald can be relied on to deliver an honest, accurate presentation of something which can be of substantial and lasting value to most people who want to overcome and prevent (re)occurrence of repetitive strain injuries.
The Rossiter system of techniques are based on expert-level therapeutic manipulations which have been adapted, successfully, as a system of connective tissue stretching exercises for lay peer application. They are designed to be done by two people because it is easier and usually more beneficial that way. Most of the basic techniques can be done effectively by one person alone only if that person is rather strong and manually skilled. If the exercises are done regularly as a set, as described, the cumulative effect is usually considerable and well worth the effort.