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 assess a client’s condition accurately is crucial if massage therapy is to be given safely, appropriately and effectively.
The book is presented 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.
You can see how well this information is presented and explained for massage therapists by downloading a PDF of Chapter 10 Comprehensive examination of spine (see link beneath book cover image), or click here to flip through.
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 an invaluable source of essential material to support their learning and understanding of their new profession. More experienced therapists will use it to enhance, update and extend their skills in this key area of 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