Biomechanics of the Nervous System Breig Revisited


Dr. Alf Breig was the Leonardo da VInci of biomechanics of the nervous system. He made the biggest and most significant contribution ever to our understanding of how the nervous system functions mechanically. He did this through his photographic documentation of fresh cadavers, patient investigations and photoelastic modeling of force behavior, to name just a few of his techniques. He originated the concept of adverse mechanical tension in the nervous system, from which came new concepts in manual and muscoluskeletal medicine. These included adverse neural tension and neural mobilization which ultimately gave way to clinical neurodynamics. Edited by Michael Shacklock.


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Some contents of Biomechanics of the Nervous System Breig Revisited:

– work from Dr. Alf Breig’s first two books “Biomechanics of the Central Nervous System (1960)” and “Adverse Mechanical Tension in the Central Nervous System (1978)”

– photoelastic models of stress behavior in the human nervous system

– cranial nerve and nerve root movement

– spinal cord biomechanics with spinal movements

– movement of the meningeal tissues and intraneural blood vessel behavior

– cauda equina biomechanics

– sliding and tension behavior of the neural tissues

“Alf Breig started the concept of adverse mechanical tension as it emerged from the copious observations and measurements he had obtained. What follows in this monograph are his documentations of many of these ideas, experiments and so forth. The influence of his work extended to many in the fields of neurosurgery, orthopaedics, physiotherapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and manual therapists of many different disciplines.” (from the preface by Michael Shacklock)

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