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The Muscle Test Handbook

Functional Assessment, Myofascial Trigger Points and Meridian Relationships

Especially prepared for the international audience, the English language edition of this highly successful handbook describes Professional Applied Kinesiology muscle testing procedures. A departure from the classic understanding of muscle testing for weakness and rehabilitation, these procedures can be used for detecting more subtle, functional abnormalities. Included within the chapters are stretch tests and post-isometric relaxation procedures for the hypertonic, shortened muscle. Muscle anatomy and physiology are briefly recapped in order to enhance reader comprehension. The Muscle Testing Handbook describes testing procedures for almost 100 individual muscles in a unique, quick reference, template approach. In close collaboration with Dr. Garten, the German edition has been adapted for the English-language audience by Dr. Shafer, an American chiropractic colleague. This book is ideal for use by manual therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports scientists and neurology department staff worldwide.


Physical therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports scientists and neurologists

Spiral Bound, 304 Pages

Published: April 2013

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3739-9


  • Foreword


    Manual muscle testing - a modern diagnostic tool

    Therapeutic considerations

    The muscles

    Muscles of mastication: M. temporalis

    Muscles of mastication: M. masseter

    Muscles of mastication: M. pterygoideus medialis

    Muscles of mastication: M. pterygoideus lateralis

    Suprahyoid muscles

    Infrahyoid muscles

    Muscles of the abdomen: M. obliqui abdominis

    Muscles of the abdomen: M. rectus abdominis

    M. abductor digiti minimi

    M. abductor hallucis

    M. abductor pollicis brevis

    M. abductor pollicis longus

    Adductor muscles

    M. adductor hallucis

    M. adductor pollicis

    M. biceps brachii

    M. brachialis

    M. brachioradialis

    M. coracobrachialis

    M. deltoideus


    M. extensor carpi radialis (longus and brevis)

    M. extensor carpi ulnaris

    M. extensor digitorum

    M. extensor digitorum longus

    M. extensor hallucis brevis

    M. extensor hallucis longus

    M. extensor pollicis brevis and m. extensor pollicis longus

    M. flexor carpi radialis

    M. flexor carpi ulnaris

    M. flexor digiti minimi

    M. flexor digitorum brevis

    M. flexor digitorum longus

    M. flexor digitorum profundus

    M. flexor digitorum superficialis

    M. flexor hallucis brevis

    M. flexor hallucis longus

    M. flexor pollicis brevis

    M. flexor pollicis longus

    M. gastrocnemius

    M. gluteus maximus

    M. gluteus medius

    M. gluteus minimus

    M. gracilis

    Hamstrings (ischiocrural muscles)

    M. iliacus

    M. infraspinatus

    Mm. interossei and lumbricales manus

    M. latissimus dorsi

    M. levator scapulae

    Neck extensor muscles

    Neck extensors (deep suboccipital muscles)

    Neck flexor muscles (deep)

    M. obturatorius internus

    M. opponens digiti minimi

    M. opponens pollicis

    M. palmaris longus

    M. pectoralis major (pars clavicularis) (PMC)

    M. pectoralis major (pars sternocostalis) (PMS)

    M. pectoralis minor

    Pelvic floor muscles

    Peronei brevis and longus

    Mm. peronei (brevis and longus)

    M. peroneus tertius

    M. piriformis

    M. popliteus

    M. pronator quadratus

    M. pronator teres

    M. psoas

    M. quadratus femoris

    M. quadratus lumborum

    M. quadriceps femoris

    Mm. rhomboidei

    Sacrospinal and transversospinal system

    Sacrospinal system: M. iliocostalis

    Sacrospinal system: M. longissimus

    Sacrospinal system: M. multifidus

    M. sartorius

    M. serratus anterior

    M. soleus

    M. sternocleidomastoideus (SCM)

    M. subclavius

    M. subscapularis

    M. supinator

    M. supraspinatus

    M. tensor fasciae latae

    M. teres major

    M. teres minor

    M. tibialis anterior

    M. tibialis posterior

    M. trapezius (pars inferior, pars ascendens)

    M. trapezius (pars medialis, pars horizontalis)

    M. trapezius (pars inferior, pars medialis)

    M. trapezius (pars superior, pars descendens)

    M. triceps brachii and m. anconeus

    Neurovascular reflex points of the muscles of the skull

    Anterior neurolymphatic reflex zones of the muscles

    Posterior neurolymphatic reflex zones of the muscles

    Nerves of the brachial plexus and nerve bottlenecks

    Nerves of the lumbosacral plexus and nerve bottlenecks

    Muscles - organ (meridian) - relation to nutrients

    References and further reading


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