Introduction to Massage Therapy

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008 - Medical - 625 pages
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The Second Edition of Introduction to Massage Therapy instills the essential skills and knowledge needed to become a professional massage therapist and excel as one. The authors integrate functional anatomy, physiology, and pathology with massage therapy techniques, helping you translate your knowledge of the underlying science into practice. Designed to prepare you for all aspects of massage practice, the text also covers communication and documentation, safety and self-care practices, and essential business concepts.

This text offers a wealth of 3D anatomical information on the skeletal, muscular, and neurovascular systems, as well as surface anatomy. The Second Edition features expanded coverage of hydrotherapy, Eastern techniques, sanitation and hygiene, and HIPAA.

New Features to Help You Master Massage Therapy—

  • New topics have been added or expanded to better prepare you for the National Certification Exam (NCE).
  • Critical thinking exercises test your skills in selecting the correct techniques to apply under specific sets of circumstances.
  • Contraindication boxes highlight particular situations when massage should not be used or a specific stroke may be harmful.

More Highlights and Features—

  • Full-color illustrations and photographs help you learn important concepts and techniques.
  • Progressive case studies ask you to develop step-by-step treatment plans for a client.
  • Procedure boxes set forth step-by-step instructions for treatments and assessments.
  • Exercises in each chapter help you assess your grasp of key concepts.

Bonus DVD
Each copy of the text includes the Real Bodywork DVD, featuring outstanding video clips of massage sequences presented in the text.

 

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Contents

Welcome to the World of Massage Therapy
1
CHAPTER
2
CHA PTER
6
Welcome to the World of Massage Therapy
9
Ethics and Professionalism
31
ETHICS
41
Medical Terminology
57
Introduction to Anatomy Physiology and Pathology
85
Client Positioning and Body Mechanics 367
346
Client Positioning and Body Mechanics
367
Towel Draping
375
Massage Strokes and Flow
393
Therapeutic Applications
431
Complementary Modalities
469
Asian Bodywork Therapy
481
Ayurvedic Healthcare
494

Skeleton
116
MUSCULAR SYSTEM
138
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
184
cHAPTE R 5 Communication and Documentation
249
Documentation
255
Assessment
283
Treatment Plan 3 13
335
Equipment Environment Sanitation and Safety
337
Equipment Environment Sanitation and Safety
339
Polarity
502
Abdominal Massage
510
Special Populations
517
Business Concepts and SelfCare
541
APPENDIX A Pathology Quick Reference Charts
567
Glossary
601
Index
607
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