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Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment: Book Review and Recommendation

Are you having problems getting a clear picture of the location of muscles? Do you have a problem picturing the relation of one muscle to another?  Or where muscle tendons attach to a bone?  These are common struggles for anyone studying anatomy. The book Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment (LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series) will help you develop a clear picture of the muscular structure in your mind.
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Learn the Placement of Muscles and Where They Attach To the Bones

What makes this book so distinctive are the detailed colored graphics of bones, muscles and soft tissues over-laid on photographs of human models. The overlay of structures on an actual human body gives you the pictures and detail needed to understand the exact placement of structures.   I cannot say enough about the graphics of this book, they were instrumental in my learning and understanding the muscle system in my anatomy class.

The book divides the muscles into eight groups:

  • Head, neck and face.
  • Shoulder, chest and upper back
  • Arm and hand
  • Vertebral column
  • Low back and abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Thigh
  • Leg, ankle and foot

Within the groups, the major muscles are pictured along information including:

  • The origin of the name
  • An overview of the muscle
  • The origin and insertion points on the bones
  • The movement for which the muscle is responsible
  • Pain referral area
  • Other muscles to examine in conjunction with the muscle

For massage therapists palpation and application techniques are listed for each muscle as well as a DVD showing technique and sequences.

The first part of the book, The Foundations of Clinical Massage Therapy talks about the principles of clinical massage and its place in the health field.  The chapter also gives a brief review of muscle structure and function, the importance of fascia, basic massage techniques and draping, and the importance of therapist’s body mechanics.

The second part of the book, Approaching Treatment is the meat of the book. This takes you into the body with amazing graphics that allow you to see where  muscles connect and are positioned in the body as well as their relationship to the skeleton.

A Valuable Reference for Massage Therapist: A Great Resource for Your Clients

If you are a body worker this book is a must have. It is a great reference book but is also a valuable as a resource for your clients. The graphic overlays on the human body give clients a better understanding of muscle, its function and relationship to other soft tissues.

For Anatomy Students

If you are a student or someone who would like to understand the musculature system better,  Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment (LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series)  will not only make studying interesting, but will also lay the groundwork to understanding muscle structure, function and its relationship to the human body.

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