The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual with Trigger Points, Referral Patterns and Stretching - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323093774

The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual with Trigger Points, Referral Patterns and Stretching

1st Edition

eBook ISBN: 9780323071291
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 3rd March 2009
Page Count: 544

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With more than 1,000 vibrant, full-color illustrations and over 4 hours of detailed video demonstrations, THE MUSCLE AND BONE PALPATION MANUAL is the most visually engaging way to help you master and successfully apply palpation techniques in massage therapy. This innovative text uses unique, richly detailed photographic illustrations of muscles as they appear under the skin to give you a thorough understanding of effective palpation. This comprehensive guide provides unparalleled preparation for professional success.

Key Features

  • Full-color musculoskeletal overlays depict muscles and bones exactly as they appear when palpated to help you locate tissues and landmarks with confidence.
  • Comprehensive palpation coverage helps you easily identify muscle names, attachments, actions, palpation steps, and more.
  • Video demonstrations on two companion DVDs demonstrate and reinforce correct muscle palpation.
  • Joseph Muscolino’s popular, concise writing style makes the science of palpation clear and accessible, encouraging critical thinking skills.
  • Trigger points and referral patterns included for each muscle provide convenient access to guidelines for additional client assessment and treatment.
  • Massage-specific treatment options guide you from palpation and assessment to practical treatment application.
  • Stretching protocols and illustrations broaden your treatment capabilities.
  • Comprehensive Body Mechanics chapter details 10 guidelines to help maximize efficiency during practice.
  • A massage stroke atlas with information on draping techniques, massage strokes, and fundamental characteristics of touch helps you efficiently treat clients.
  • Detailed explanations and full color drawings for bone and bony landmark palpation provide a comprehensive resource for bone palpation.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Ruth Werner

Part I: How to Palpate

1. Introduction to Palpation

2. The Art and Science of Muscle Palpation

3. Draping and Basic Massage Strokes

4. Body Mechanics for the Manual Therapist

5. Anatomy, Physiology, and Treatment of Trigger Points (TrP)

6. Stretching

Part II: Bone Palpation and Ligaments

7. Upper Extremity Bone Palpation and Ligaments

8. Axial Body Bone Palpation and Ligaments

9. Lower Extremity Bone Palpation and Ligaments

Part III: Muscle Palpation

10. Tour #1: Palpation of the Muscles of the Shoulder Girdle

11. Tour #2: Palpation of the Neck Muscles

12. Tour #3: Palpation of the Muscles of the Head

13. Tour #4: Palpation of the Muscles of the Arm

14. Tour #5: Palpation of the Muscles of the Forearm

15. Tour #6: Palpation of the Intrinsic Muscles of the Hand

16. Tour #7: Palpation of the Trunk Muscles

17. Tour #8: Palpation of the Pelvic Muscles

18. Tour #9: Palpation of the Thigh Muscles

19. Tour #10: Palpation of the Leg Muscles

20. Tour #11: Palpation of the Intrinsic Muscles of the Foot


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"This book is a comprehensive introduction to learning the skills required to be an effective body worker or massage therapist. It’s compiled in such a way to be an effective learning resource for physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors who require a core textbook, which provides clear and concise illustration to enhance the learning experience."
The Osteopath, 2009