Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and by James H Clay, David M Pounds

By James H Clay, David M Pounds

This fantastically illustrated textual content familiarizes scholars with person muscle tissues and muscle platforms and demonstrates simple medical therapeutic massage treatment ideas. greater than 550 full-color illustrations of inner constructions are embedded into photos of reside types to teach every one muscle or muscle staff, surrounding buildings, floor landmarks, and the therapist's arms. scholars see essentially which muscle is being labored, the place it really is, the place it's hooked up, the way it may be accessed manually, what difficulties it will possibly reason, and the way remedy options are played. This variation beneficial properties more desirable illustrations of draping and contains palpation for every muscle. An accompanying genuine Bodywork DVD comprises video demonstrations of therapeutic massage recommendations from the ebook.

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Various parts of the therapist's arm and hand, including fist, thumb, fingertips, knuckles, forearm, and elbow, are used as tools in the treatment of the soft tissues. These tools can be applied in many different ways, the most basic being compression, stripping massage, cross-fiber friction, and passive stretching. Although a standard portable table is usually sufficient for the practice of Swedish massage, the demands of clinical massage therapy make an adjustable electric table preferable. Many bodyworkers also use a specialized table, such as an arched table, in their practices.

Whom else have you consulted? What did they say and do? Health History: How is your general health? Have you had any recent illnesses, injuries, surgeries? Have you ever had any major illnesses, injuries, surgeries? Do you have a history of heart problems or neurological problems? Is there any history in your family of brain or neurological disorders, such as stroke? Are you under a doctor's care for any condition? If yes, what condition? Are you taking any medications? Who are your regular caregivers?

A small amount of lubricant may be helpful. Deep-tissue creams and lotions are generally better for this type of work than oils. Cross-Fiber Friction Persistently contracted muscle tissue, lesions in tendons or ligaments, and areas of fibrosis can be effectively treated with friction moving the fingertips, thumb, or elbow back and forth across the muscle perpendicular to the fiber (Fig. 1-24). This technique is most frequently performed on or near the attachment. Figure 1-24 Cross-fiber friction Passive Stretching Although trigger points may be treated directly with any of the above techniques, resolution of them requires passive stretching of the muscle as soon after treatment as possible.

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