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Touch & Movement, Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists

Julie Goodwin
Product Type: Book
576 pages
8 1/2 x 11 inches
Price: $86.95
TOUCH & MOVEMENT: PALPATION AND KINESIOLOGY FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS leads step-by-step through the client assessment process, from analysis of posture and gait through application of the principles of complex movement to palpation of the skeletal and soft tissue structures of the body. Extensive instruction in palpation and kinesiology techniques including focus on endangerment zones, cautions and contraindications, and an array of palpation practice exercises, encourages true mastery of this crucial assessment tool. The text engages all learning styles with a range of hands-on exercises. Students can apply new concepts and techniques right there in the classroom or reinforce those skills in the treatment room. They learn why and how they should palpate bony landmarks, soft tissue attachments, and muscles. It grounds the reader in the fundamentals of joint and muscle anatomy and physiology. It also fills in potential educational gaps for those massage therapists whose initial training took place prior to classes that incorporated in-depth palpation and kinesiology techniques. With TOUCH & MOVEMENT: PALPATION AND KINESIOLOGY FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS, established professionals and massage therapy students alike will find a visual and comprehensive tool created for and dedicated to their specific practical and educational needs and career growth.


  • Chapters feature Objectives, Key Terms, Case Studies, Helpful Hints, Study Questions, and Case Profiles.
  • Multiple lab activities in each chapter use touch and movement and engage tactile and kinesthetic learners, while group discussions of client case profiles address the needs of interactive, auditory, and conceptual learners.
  • Depth of instruction in palpation technique and the easy-to-follow Four Step Palpation Protocol prepare the reader to integrate palpation into assessment and treatment.
  • For hands-free reference, the spiral bound text lies flat and procedures appear in large, easy-to-see typeface, all contained on one page.
  • Full-color photographs demonstrate palpitations (client position, therapist hand position, direction of client muscle action) and clarify whole movements as well as the actions that constitute a whole movement.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Palpation and Kinesiology.
2. Posture Assessment.
3. Gait Assessment.
4. Deconstructing Complex Movements.
5. The Science of Palpation.
6. The Art of Palpation.
7. Palpating Bony Landmarks and Connective Tissue Structures.
8. Palpating Superficial Muscles of the Axial Skeleton.
9. Palpating Superficial Muscles of the Extremities.
10. Palpating Deeper Muscles and Muscle Groups.
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