Handbook of Clinical Massage - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780443073496

Handbook of Clinical Massage

2nd Edition

A Complete Guide for Students and Practitioners

Author: Mario-Paul Cassar
Paperback ISBN: 9780443073496
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 18th December 2003
Page Count: 352

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Well researched and evidence-based, this book takes a unique medical approach to describing applied massage techniques for common conditions and their utilization as an adjunct to both conventional and complementary treatments. Offers guidelines on the assessment of each body region prior to massage, including symptoms and signs relating to pathology. Features photographs and line drawings that clearly illustrate correct postural techniques.

Key Features

  • Thorough descriptions of massage techniques, their physiological effects, indications and contraindications, and how massage may be used therapeutically helps the reader come to a better understanding of the treatment of many common conditions.
  • Each of the chapters on body regions begins with an assessment of the region with guidelines on the examination of pathological symptoms, signs, and implications for massage treatment, preparing the reader for what is to come.
  • A generous number of illustrations, including photographs and line drawings, show the correct techniques for the practitioner.
  • Extra instruction shows supplementary methods for use with patients who are physically impaired, elderly, or unable to lie on the treatment table.

Table of Contents

  1. Massage Therapy
    2. The Massage Techniques
    3. The Effects of Massage
    4. The Clinical Application of Massage
    5. Massage for Body Regions: The Back
    6. Massage for Body Regions: The Lower Limb
    7. Massage for Body Regions: The Abdomen
    8. Massage for Body Regions: The Chest
    9. Massage for Body Regions: The Upper Limb
    10. Massage for Body Regions: The Face, Head, and Neck


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About the Author

Mario-Paul Cassar

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer & Faculty Member, The College of Osteopaths; Principal, Massage & Bodywork Institute; founder and past Chair of the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists; co-founder and first Chair, British Massage Therapy Council