Giovanni  De Domenico

Grad Dip. (Physiotherapy),  Dip. T.P.,  M.Sc.,  Ph.D.
M.C.S.P.,  M.A.P.A. , M.C.P.A.

Dr. De Domenico ( Gion ) Passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2010 due to cancer

     Dr. De Domenico was born in England, and qualified there as a physiotherapist in 1970.  Following a period of general experience in a variety of clinical settings, he undertook the Teacher of Physiotherapy program at the Coventry School of Physiotherapy and the North London Polytechnic, completing this program in 1975.  He was then appointed to the staff of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, School of Physiotherapy, in Birmingham U.K. While in the U.K., Dr. De Domenico gained a Master of Science degree from the University of Aston, in Birmingham, followed by an appointment to the staff of the Wolverhampton School of Physiotherapy, in Wolverhampton.

 

       Dr. De Domenico emigrated to Australia in 1978, to take up an appointment in the School of Physiotherapy,  Faculty of Health Sciences, Sydney University, in Sydney, New South Wales. In 1984, he was appointed senior lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at Curtin University, in Perth, Western Australia.  Whilst in Australia, Dr. De Domenico was responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research in the broad areas of Electrophysical Agents and Soft Tissue Manipulation (Massage).  He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1988, for his thesis entitled "Kinaesthetic Acuity and Motor Control in Humans".  This work was undertaken in the School of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of New South Wales.

 

       Dr. De Domenico emigrated to Canada in 1989, to take up an appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Physiotherapy, at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  In this position, he was again responsible for teaching all aspects of Electrophysical Agents and Soft Tissue Massage.  He moved to Saskatchewan in 1992, as Professor and Director of the School of Physical Therapy, and Assistant Dean in the College of Medicine; at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon.

  In March of 1994, he moved to the USA as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of South Alabama, in Mobile, Alabama.  His most current appointment took him to Texas in December 2000, as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

  In August of 2008, he stepped down as Chair of the Department, in order to concentrate on teaching and research in Electrophysical Agents and Soft Tissue Massage as well as engage in his personal fight against prostate cancer. 

    Dr. De Domenico is internationally known for his continuing education courses for clinicians on the broad area of Electrophysical Agents, especially for his knowledge and teaching of the principles and practice of Interferential Therapy.

     Dr. De Domenico has published his work extensively; with more than thirty-five publications, including four books and two monographs.  He has presented over 30 papers / posters at Scientific Conferences and has presented more than 120 continuing education lectures / courses in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Europe and North America. He has been an active member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in the U.K., the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA); having served on many local and national committees. He has been a long time Board member of the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions (TSAHP) and served as the 2004 - 2005 President. He is also the editor of the TSAHP on-line newsletter, known as the Chronicle and the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Service Award of the Society.  Dr. De Domenico is also the author of both the 4th and 5th editions of the well-known text on soft tissue manipulation called Beard’s Massage.

   In 2008 he joined with Bob Johnson of MedFaxx to author scientific research and articles on the use of the Infrex Plus and interferential therapy. He is serving as professional advisor on product development for MedFaxx and research director for human interactions due to electrical stimulus.

 

 

 

 

 

Books and Monographs

 

De Domenico, G. (2008) Principles and Practice of Soft Tissue Manipulation -Beard's Massage ( 5th  Ed.) Philadelphia: Elsevier  Saunders.

 

De Domenico, G. & Wood, E. (1997) Beard's Therapeutic Massage (4th Ed.)

Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.

 

De Domenico, G. (1988) Interferential Stimulation: A Monograph. Chattanooga TN: Chattanooga Group, Inc.

 

Strauss, G.R., & De Domenico, G. (1988) Ed. Developments in EMS and FES Research and Clinical Practice. Proceedings of the Post Congress Symposium of the Tenth W.C.P.T. Congress, on Exercise and Rehabilitation, May 29-30, 1987. Perth: C.A.R.E.S.R. Publications.

 

Alon, G., & De Domenico, G. (1987) High Voltage Stimulation: An Integrated Approach to Clinical Electrotherapy. Chattanooga: Chattanooga Corporation.

 

De Domenico, G. (1987) New Dimensions in Interferential Therapy: A Theoretical and Clinical Guide. Sydney: Reid Medical Books.

 

De Domenico, G. (1981) Basic Guidelines for Interferential Therapy. Sydney: Theramed Books.

 

Papers published

 

De Domenico,  G.   (2003)  Soft Tissue Massage:  An Ancient Art in a Modern World

Part  2:  The Scientific Basis for Therapeutic Massage  San Antonio Medicine: Journal of the San Antonio Medical Society. 56, (6),  pp 25-28.

 

De Domenico,  G.   (2003)

Soft Tissue Massage:  An Ancient Art in a Modern World  Part 1:  Historical Perspectives.  San Antonio Medicine: Journal of the San Antonio Medical Society. 56, (5),  pp 18-20.

 

De Domenico,  G.   (2003)  Strengthening of the Abdominal Muscles with Electrical Stimulation  - Fact or Fantasy ?  San Antonio Medicine: Journal of the San Antonio Medical Society.  56, (5),  pp 26-29.

 

De Domenico, G. (1990) Fundamentals of Laser Bio-modulation. Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Biennial Conference. "Horizons 1990" University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, May 18-20, 1990.

 

De Domenico, G. (1990) Clinical Electrical Stimulation. Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Biennial Conference. "Horizons 1990" University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, May 18-20, 1990.

 

Szeto, G., Strauss, G.R., De Domenico, G. & LAI, H.S. (1989) The effect of training intensity on voluntary isometric strength improvement. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy. 35, 4, 210-217.

 

LAI, H., S., De Domenico, G. & Strauss, G. (1988) The effect of different EMS training intensities on strength improvement. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 34, 3, 151-164.

 

De Domenico, G. & Strauss, G.R. (1988) Effects of stimulation parameters on force production. In: STRAUSS, G.R., & De Domenico, G. Ed. Developments in EMS and FES Research and Clinical Practice. Proceedings of the Post Congress Symposium of the Tenth W.C.P.T. Congress, on Exercise and Rehabilitation, May 29-30, 1987. Perth: C.A.R.E.S.R. Publications, pp. 16-26.

 

Strauss, G.R., LAI, H.S. & De Domenico, G. (1988) Strength training at different intensities of maximal voluntary strength. In: STRAUSS, G.R., & De Domenico, G., Ed. Developments in EMS and FES Research and Clinical Practice. Proceeding of the Post Congress, on Exercise and Rehabilitation, 29-30th May 1987. Perth: C.A.R.E.S.R. Publications.

 

Whittington, D., Strauss, G. & De Domenico, G. (1988) the effect of frequency and intensity of EMS on fatigue in the Quadriceps Femoris muscle group. In: STRAUSS, G.R., & De Domenico, G., Ed. Developments in EMS and FES Research and Clinical Practice. Proceedings of the Post Congress Symposium of the Tenth W.C.P.T. Congress, on Exercise and Rehabilitation, May 29-30, 1987. Perth: C.A.R.E.S.R. Publications, pp. 62-69.

 

Singer, K., De Domenico, G. & Strauss, G. (1987) Electro-motor stimulation research methodology and reporting: A need for standardization. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 33, 1, 43-48.

 

De Domenico, G. & McCloskey, D.I. (1987) Accuracy of voluntary movements at the thumb and elbow joints. Experimental Brain Research. 65, 471-478.

 

De Domenico, G. (1986) Safe use of electro-therapeutic equipment. National Physiotherapy Bulletin of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. June, Vol. 1, 2, 1-2.

 

De Domenico, G. & Strauss, G.R. (1986) Maximum torque production in the Quadriceps Femoris Muscle group using a variety of electrical Stimulators. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 32, 1, 51-56.

 

Strauss, G.R. & De Domenico, G. (1986) Torque production in human upper and lower limb muscles with voluntary and electrically induced contractions. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 32, 1, 38-49.

 

Lloyd, T., De Domenico, G., Strauss, G.R. & Singer, K.P. (1986) A review of the use of electro-motor stimulation in human muscles. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 32, 1, 18-30.

 

De Domenico, G. & Strauss, G.R. (1985) Motor stimulation with interferential currents. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 31, 6, 225-230.

 

De Domenico, G. (1983) Duty of care in the use of electro-medical equipment. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 29, 5, V-VI.

 

De Domenico, G. (1983) Uses and abuses of Electrophysical agents. Proceedings of a symposium on repetitive strain injuries. Arthritis and Rheumatism Council, Sydney, Australia.

 

De Domenico, G. (1982) Pain relief with Interferential Therapy. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 28, 3, 14-18.

 

De Domenico, G. (1983) Interferential burns. Australian Physiotherapy Assoc. (NSW) Bulletin Dec/Jan, 26-28.

 

Alon, G., & De Domenico, G. (1983) The problem of electrode placement. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 29, 4, pp. 148.

 

De Domenico, G. (1982) Plastic bandages. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 28, 4, pp. 30.

 

De Domenico, G. & Watson, J. (1981) Pain relief in the 1980's - The Physiotherapist. What can he offer? Australian Hospital, 49, Jan/Feb.

 

De Domenico, G. (1979) Tonic Vibratory Reflex (T.V.R.) What is it? Can we use it? Physiotherapy, J. Chart. Soc. Physiotherapy. 65, 2, 44-48.

 

Abstracts

 

DE DOMENICO, G.  (2007)  Presentation Technology in the Classroom and Clinic:  Do I really need a Laptop ?  Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). Vancouver Canada.   June,  2 – 6,  2007

 

De Domenico, G., Allen, L., Enlow, K., Love, K. & Merritt, M. (1995) A Comparison of the thermal characteristics of different types of moist heat pack. (Abstract) Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. Washington, USA, June 25-29, 1995.

 

De Domenico G. (1991) Laser Bio-Modulation in Physiotherapy. Proceedings of the 11th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. London, England, 28th July to 2nd August, 1991.

 

De Domenico, G., Cotton, S., Devereaux, D., King, H. & McIntosh, A. (1991) Skin Temperature Changes with different methods of Cryotherapy. Proceedings of the 11th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. London, England, 28th July to 2nd August, 1991.

 

De Domenico, G., & Strauss, G.R. (1987) Muscle force production induced by electrical stimulation of motor nerves. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. Book 1, pp. 356-360.

 

De Domenico, G., Stafford, R. & Kanachowski, R. (1987) Effective acoustic coupling with Ultrasound. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. Book 1, pp. 328-332.

 

De Domenico, G., & McCloskey, D.I. (1986) Accuracy of control of unloaded movements and of production of isometric tension by proximal (elbow) and distal (thumb-tip) muscles. Neuroscience Letters, Supp. 23, S.40.

 

McCloskey, D.I., De Domenico, G. & Hall, L. (1982) Muscle lengths, proprioception and the accuracy of voluntary movements. Neuroscience Letters, Supplement 8, pp. 15.

 

De Domenico, G., & McCloskey, D. (1981) Accuracy of voluntary movements of the elbow joint. Proceedings of the Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society, 12, pp. 2.

 


      

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