Mosby's PDQ for Massage Therapists - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780323063647, 9780323087681

Mosby's PDQ for Massage Therapists

2nd Edition

Editors: Sandy Fritz
Authors: Mosby
eBook ISBN: 9780323087681
eBook ISBN: 9780323168458
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 25th November 2008
Page Count: 212

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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.

Key Features

  • A quick-reference format provides all of the key information you need with fast-access illustrations, charts, and tables.
  • The pocket-sized format and spiral binding allow the book to lay flat so you can quickly reference the pages you need while leaving your hands free to work.
  • User-friendly, full-color design includes vibrant illustrations, as well as highlights and clarifies important facts to help you easily find what you need.

Table of Contents


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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About the Editor

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

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