Mosby's Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage

3rd Edition

Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics and Pathology


  • Sandy Fritz
  • James Grosenbach
  • Key Features

    • UNIQUE! A comprehensive chapter on biomechanics includes valuable information on muscle testing and assessment.
    • Combined workbook and textbook format encourages critical thinking with activities, short essays, fill-in-the-blank questions, drawing exercises, and more to help you reinforce concepts.
    • Sections on pathologic conditions, with suggestions for intervention protocols, indications, and contraindications for therapeutic massage, prepare you to work with clients safely and effectively.
    • Handy appendices with quick reference charts for muscles and pathology provide at-a-glance access to common muscle information and pathologies.

    Table of Contents

    Section One: Fundamentals

    1. The Body as a Whole

    2. Mechanisms of Health and Disease

    3. Medical Terminology

    Section Two: Systems of Control

    4. Nervous System Basics and the Central Nervous System

    5. Peripheral Nervous System

    6. Endocrine System

    Section Three: Support, Movement, and Biomechanics

    7. Skeletal System

    8. Joints

    9. Muscles

    10. Biomechanics Basics

    Section Four: Remaining Systems of the Body

    11. Integumentary, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems

    12. Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive Systems


    A. Muscle Quick Reference Guide

    B. Diseases and Indications/Contraindications to Massage Therapy

    Workbook Section Answer Key

    Final Word


    Works Consulted


    Table of Contents: DVD for Mosby’s Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage, 3rd Edition

    Cadaver Dissection Video

    Arm Hand: 6:58

    Brain: 5:53

    Elbow: 5:49

    Hip: 8:48

    Shoulder: 7:13

    Knee: 8:53

    Foot Ankle: 8:29

    Total Running Time: 52:03


    75 Animations

    Total Running Time: Approximately 68:00


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    About the editors

    Sandy Fritz

    Sandy Fritz, MS, LMT is the Owner, Director, and Head Educator of the Health Enrichment Center, Inc., School of Therapeutic Massage. Also in private practice for almost 30 years, Sandy works with a diverse clientele, dealing with everything from stress management massage to physician-referred rehabilitative care upon physician referral. She has developed and supervises a student massage clinic with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. She also provides professional sports massage and rehabilitation for individual athletes, primarily in golf, football, basketball, and baseball. In addition to being published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Sandy is a prominent author of many Elsevier massage therapy resources, including: Sports & Exercise Massage: Comprehensive Care in Athletics, Fitness, & Rehabilitation Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Mosby’s Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage Mosby’s Massage Therapy Review Mosby’s Curriculum Guide for Massage Therapy Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Video Series, Volumes 1-4

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Director, Health Enrichment Center, School of Therapeutic Massage, Lapeer, Michigan, USA Director

    James Grosenbach

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Clinical Psychologist, Director of Education, Health Enrichment Center, School of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Lapeer, MI