Evidence-based Therapeutic Massage

A Practical Guide for Therapists


  • Elizabeth Holey, MA, Cert Ed, MCSP, HPC-Registered , Chartered Physiotherapist, UK; Deputy Dean, School of Health & Social Care, University of Teeside, Middlesbrough, UK
  • Eileen Cook, BSc(Hons), Chartered Physiotherapist, North Yorkshire, UK

Now in its third edition, this practical clinical guide for both students and practitioners is further strengthened by the addition of online video clips which demonstrate how to apply a range of massage techniques. The text’s research-base and references are fully updated, aiming to provide the reader with the most pertinent evidence to support the use of massage for particular injuries and conditions.
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Physiotherapy students & practitioners


Book information

  • Published: December 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3229-5

Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition
Preface to the first edition
About the authors

Section 1 - The theoretical basis
Chapter 1 Massage in context
Chapter 2 A biological basis
Chapter 3 Therapeutic and reflex effects
Chapter 4 Pathological principles

Section 2 - Practical application of massage
Chapter 5 Palpation
Chapter 6 Assessment and treatment planning
Chapter 7 Massage techniques
Chapter 8 Regional application of classical massage techniques
Chapter 9 Reflex therapies

Section 3 - Clinical uses of massage
Chapter 10 Relaxation massage
Chapter 11 Massage for people with long-term and terminal illness
Chapter 12 Neuromusculoskeletal disorders
Chapter 13 Massage in sport by Julie Sparrow
Chapter 14 Client groups