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30 April 2018
Handspring Publishing

£49.95 GBP / $70.00 USD

Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy

Clinical Assessment for Massage Therapy – A practical guide

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David teaches seminars across Canada for practising massage therapists, as well as sustaining a busy clinical practice in Brantford Ontario.

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Clinical Assessment for Massage therapy – a practical guide brings together a range of examination and assessment techniques which are otherwise only found in a variety of different places. The author presents them in a way which is specifically relevant to massage therapists. The ability to accurately assess a client’s condition is crucial if massage therapy is to be given safely, appropriately and effectively.

The book is in two main parts:

  • Part I: Essentials of Assessment addresses various background topics which need to be understood when preparing for assessment. These include a chapter on the assessment of gait and posture and another on pain.
  • Part II: Regional Assessment describes in detail the individual assessment techniques for each part of the body and gives guidance on how and when to use them.

Additional appendices include a muscle chart; information and guidance on measuring the range of motion of joints; and neurological testing.

Students of massage therapy will find the book to be a valuable source of useful and relevant material to support their learning and understanding for their new profession.  More experienced therapists will use it to enhance, update and extend their skills in this key area of their practice.


Part I: Essentials of Assessment


Chapter One: Assessment Matters

Chapter Two: The Impairment Model

Chapter Three: Overview of Assessment Protocol

Chapter 4: Pain

Chapter 5: Postural Assessment & Gait

Chapter 6: Spinal Motions: Structure & Function


Part II: Regional Assessment

Chapter Seven: Ankle & Foot

Chapter Eight: The Knee

Chapter Nine: Hip & Innominate

Chapter 10 Comprehensive Examination of Spine

Chapter 11: Sacroiliac (S.I.) Joint & Pelvis

Part I: Clinical Implications of Anatomy & Physiology

Part II: Innominate Motions & Impairments

Part III: Testing for Innominate Impairments

Part IV: Introduction to Sacral Dysfunctions

Part V: Testing for Sacral Dysfunctions

Part VI: Orthopaedic Assessment of the Sacroiliac Joints & Pelvis


Chapter 12: Lumbar Spine

Chapter 13: Thoracic Spine & Ribs

Chapter 14: Cervical Spine

Chapter 15: Thoracic Outlet

Chapter 16: Shoulder

Chapter 17: Elbow

Chapter 18: Wrist & Hand

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