Basic Clinical Massage Therapy PDF Ebook

--> Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment is primarily a textbook for advanced massage therapy students who have already acquired the basic skills of Swedish massage and are now pursuing additional training in clinical massage therapy. In this book, I define â€oeclinical massage therapy― as the use of manual manipulation of the soft tissues to relieve specific complaints of pain and dysfunction. As its title implies, our book integrates detailed anatomical information with basic clinical massage therapy techniques. By embedding illustrations of internal structures into photographs of live models, we are able to show exactly what muscle is being worked on, where it is, where it is attached, how it can be accessed manually, what kinds of problems it can cause, and one or more basic techniques for effectively treating it. The student can clearly see the involved structures in relation to surrounding structures, surface landmarks, and the therapist's hands. Therefore, this book offers a truly innovative visual and tactile understanding of anatomical spatial relationships integrated with the learning of treatment techniques, which has not been possible with traditional approaches. Our approach is possible only through teamwork. Although I have had chief responsibility for the text and Dave Pounds for the illustrations, we are truly co-authors, in that this project has been planned and executed by both of us working closely together from its very inception. Vicki Overman, an outstanding photographer, has worked with us in the first edition and shared our enthusiasm from the beginning. For the second edition, our photography is by Black Horse Studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to its use as a textbook, Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment can also serve in the following roles: A palpatory and muscle anatomy reference for practitioners. The anatomy of muscles and bones is complex, and an accurate knowledge of it is essential to effective treatment. The practitioner must have reliable reference sources to consult. In the past, practitioners have used atlases of anatomy designed chiefly for surgeons. This book is tailored specifically to the needs of the clinical massage therapist. By presenting the anatomy of muscles and bones in the context of the living human body, it bridges the gap between internal muscular and external surface anatomy and allows students and practitioners to see through the surface to the internal structures. A client education tool. One of the biggest difficulties facing a therapist in dealing with clients is explaining where a problem may lie, what structures may be involved, and what type of work is proposed. Currently, practitioners must turn to traditional anatomy references, or to whole or partial skeletons or other educational aids to make such explanations. The therapist can use this book to present necessary information to clients in a way that is easily comprehensible. New to This Edition In addition to correcting a number of errata, we have received feedback from some school owners and instructors, and have made the following additions and changes: We have added a palpation entry for each muscle. In addition to the references to the draping illustrations originally provided, we have added draping to illustrations of therapy. A custom DVD created by Real Bodywork (commissioned by the publisher) now accompanies the book, containing real-time video clips of a number of massage sequences presented in the book. Organization and Structure This book is divided into two parts. Part I, Foundations of Clinical Massage Therapy, pre-sents essential information about the basic principles on which clinical massage therapy is based. The first chapter explains the place of clinical massage therapy in the health field and reviews the essentials about muscle structure and function, body mechanics, basic techniques, and draping. The second chapter is a guide to examination: interviewing, observation, photography, and palpation. It also presents examples of forms to use and covers communication with physicians and other health professionals. Part II, Approaching Treatment, constitutes the â€oemeat― of the book. We have organized the chapters in this part into body regions that have functional, topographical, and clinical coherence. These regions are: head, face, and neck shoulder, chest, and upper back arm and hand vertebral column low back and abdomen pelvis thigh leg, ankle, and foot Each Part II chapter has the same internal structure. This rigorous internal consistency is deliberate: Learning is based on repetition, and a repetitive organization allows the reader to more easily process and internalize information. Each chapter, therefore, has the following components: Overview of the Region. Here, we review the muscular and skeletal components of the region under discussion, and offer observations on conditions that typically cause pain and dysfunction in that region. Extensive anatomy plates, presented in a horizontal (â€oelandscape―) format, depict in detail the internal anatomy. Labels point out each pertinent structure and are keyed to the text discussion. Muscle Sections. Each muscle of that region is then discussed. These sections are distinguished by their use of various icons that highlight key pieces of information. Pronunciation. As communication between massage therapists and other members of the health care community continues to increase, it is important to know how to pronounce each muscle name correctly. We use a phonetic pronunciation key that is easy to decipher. Etymology. A brief derivation of each muscle name is given. Etymologies are extremely helpful in learning and remembering anatomical structures. Overview. Here, we give a succinct but thorough overview of the structure and function of the muscle. We also review potential causes of pain and dysfunction that may affect the muscle. Comments. Where appropriate, interesting or esoteric comments about the muscle are included. For instance, we point out that biceps brachii resides on the humerus but has no attachments to it, and that in addition to being a flexor it is the most powerful supinator of the forearm.
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