Mosby's Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage

Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, and Pathology

The fourth edition of this science essentials text for massage students features new full-color photos and illustrations along with an easy-to-read, conversational style that explains A&P concepts clearly. The book not only helps students learn the information they need to pass certification exams, but it also helps them see how scientific content applies to actual practice. This new edition also features a very enhanced Evolve resource package, along with new material on boosting your knowledge of nutrition and research - two subjects of growing interest in the massage therapy profession.


Published: April 2012

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-11274-1


  • Section I: Fundamentals
    1. The Body as a Whole
    2. Mechanisms of Health and Disease
    3. Medical Terminology

    Section II: Systems of Control
    4. Nervous System Basics and the Central Nervous System
    5. Peripheral Nervous System
    6. Endocrine System

    Section III: Support, Movement, and Biomechanics
    7. Skeletal System
    8. Joints
    9. Muscles
    10. Biomechanics Basics

    Section IV: Remaining Body Systems
    11. Integumentary, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems
    12. Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems

    Appendix A.  Quick Reference Muscle Guide
    Appendix B.  Pathology and Diseases and Indications/Contraindications for Massage Therapy
    Appendix C.  Illustrated Orthopedic Tests

    Works Consulted


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