Mosby's PDQ for Massage Therapists

Ideal for both massage students and practicing therapists, this pocket-sized reference provides key information in a handy, easy-to-use format! Bullet lists, tables, and numerous full-color line drawings and photos make this reference ideal for use on the go. This second edition is thoroughly updated and includes new muscle illustrations and new sections on how nutrition and common medications affect massage-treatment planning, helping you provide even more effective treatment for your clients.


Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-10144-8


  • Anatomy

    1. Systems and Organs

    2. Functions of ANS

    3. Joint Movements

    4. ROM

    5. Muscles

    Safety and Precautions

    6. Standard Precautions

    7. Endangerment Sites

    Massage Application

    8. Licensing, Certification, Scope of Practice

    9. Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

    10. Body Mechanics

    11. Draping Suggestions

    12. Outcome Massage Sequence

    13. Quality of Touch

    14. Adapting During Massage Based on Safety and Outcomes

    15. Hydrotherapy

    16. Lymphatic Drain and Blood Circulation

    17. Common Trigger Points

    18. Connective Tissue

    19. Chakra, Color, Music Therapy

    20. Meridians

    21. Reflexology

    22. Stages of Soft Tissue Healing

    23. Development of Treatment Plan

    24. Abdominal Massage


    25. Taking a Health History

    26. Treatment Plan Form

    27. SOAP Notes

    28. Common Abbreviations

    29. Common Word Roots

    30. Common Prefixes

    31. Common Suffixes

    Assessment, Pain, and Pathology

    32. Palpation Assessment

    33. Posture Assessment

    34. Muscle Testing Assessment

    35. Joint vs Soft Tissue Assessment

    36. Referred Pain

    37. Pain Assessment Factors

    38. Pain Rating Scales

    39. Assessment Scale for Pitting Edema to Determine Appropriateness for Lymphatic Drain

    40. Characteristics of Headaches

    41. Diseases and Indications/Contraindications for Massage

    42. Disorders Related to Chronic Inflammation

    43. Skin Pathologies

    44. Common Stress Responses

    45. Common Drugs by Class

    46. Common Herbal Supplements

    47. Functions and Sources of Vitamins

    48. Functions and Sources of Selected Minerals


    49. Basic Life Support

    50. Heart Attack Warning Signs

    51. English-Spanish Translation Guide

    52. Sign Language Chart

    53. Research Vocabulary

    54. Glossary


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