Beard's Massage - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780721603506, 9781416065418

Beard's Massage

5th Edition

Principles and Practice of Soft Tissue Manipulation

Authors: Giovanni De Domenico
Paperback ISBN: 9780721603506
eBook ISBN: 9781416065418
eBook ISBN: 9781455757060
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 5th June 2007
Page Count: 336

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First published in 1964, Beard's Massage is a classic physical therapy massage text originally authored by Gertrude Beard, a pioneering physical therapist in the 1920s who treated patients using soft tissue massage techniques that remain the basis of practice today.

Now in its fifth edition, with a new title, this classic text has been expanded and updated throughout to provide you with an overview of massage, a description of massage techniques, information on the benefits of massage, and specific techniques for a variety of conditions.

Key Features

  • Practical step-by-step guidance to help you develop massage sequences that best meet the needs of your patients.
  • Sections on massage strokes show the direction and sequence of each stroke, allowing you the benefit of using one comprehensive resource instead of several texts.
  • Includes guidance in Swedish Remedial Massage techniques to help you develop proper massage techniques and sequences that best meet the needs of each individual client.
  • Nearly 500 line drawings and photos demonstrate how to perform all of the basic strokes, the physiologic and therapeutic effects of each technique, and how to apply the most appropriate massage sequences to specific regions of the body.
  • Photos include directional arrows that show hand position and movement across the patient.
  • Updated references facilitate further study and demonstrate currency of the text.

Table of Contents


1. Historic Perspectives

2. Anatomical Landmarks for Soft Tissue Massage – NEW!

3. Essential Requirements for Soft Tissue Manipulation

4. Classification, Definitions, and Descriptions of the Basic Massage Strokes and Relaxed Passive Movements

5. Mechanical, Physiological, Psychological, and Therapeutic Effects of Soft Tissue Manipulation


6. Soft Tissue Manipulation Techniques as an Evaluation Tool

7. General Massage Sequences

8. Local Massage Sequences

9. Focal Massage Sequences – NEW!

10. Massage for the Patient with a Respiratory Condition

11. Connective Tissue Massage (CTM)

12. Decongestive Therapy for the Treatment of Lymphedema – NEW!

13. Massage in Sport – NEW!

14. Massage for the Baby and Infant – NEW!

15. Massage in Palliative Care – NEW!

16. Soft Tissue Manipulation in Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) – NEW!

17. Eastern Systems of Soft Tissue Manipulation

Appendix: Closed Chest (External) Cardiac Massage



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About the Author

Giovanni De Domenico

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Allied Health Professions, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL