The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual with Trigger Points, Referral Patterns and Stretching.pdf
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.
Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd (Palmer College of Chiropractic) This book presents a comprehensive approach to muscle palpation and human muscular anatomy, providing an overview of stretching as well as a thorough grounding in palpatory awareness of human muscles. It is amply illustrated and is complemented by a DVD. It is designed to fill a need in the training of students of massage therapy. It focuses attention on human muscles, their anatomy, and the most effective way in which each muscle should be palpated. There is an additional emphasis on stretching and on trigger points. A book like this is needed in the discipline, and its thoroughness will be an asset in marketing to other professions in manual therapy. Overall, it does a superb job of meeting the authors' objectives. The primary audience is students in massage therapy programs, but it will also find a home in other professions which focus on manual care, such as chiropractic, naturopathy, napropathy and physical medicine. It is a book that students will embrace, but it is probably a bit basic for practitioners, although it might be a good reference for them. The first of the three main parts of the book looks at the art and science of palpation, as well as some information about stretching (from various viewpoints, such as contract relax and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). The second part looks at bony palpation and landmarks in the body, while the final part (which is the meat of the book) provides detailed information on how to palpate all muscles of the body. It is wonderfully illustrated, with hundreds of high quality illustrations, and the accompanying DVD demonstrates many of the techniques as well. All illustrations are in color, and the text looks quite professional. My only quibble is a lack of referencing for the latter chapters, which may reflect the fact that the book represents the clinical wisdom of the authors. This is a nicely done addition to the literature. It is logically
PART I: ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT TECHNIQUES 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 6. Stretching PART 2: 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 3: 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 Index