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Clinical Assessment for Massage therapy – a practical guide
This book presents a range of examination and assessment techniques which is specifically relevant to manual therapists. It describes in detail the individual assessment techniques for each part of the body and gives guidance on how and when to use them.
Clinical Assessment for Massage therapy – a practical guide by David Zulak 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.
David Zulak MA, RMT has been a massage therapist since 1994, and an instructor since 1996. He has worked as an instructor, program director and curriculum writer for several massage therapy schools in Ontario, Canada. In the course of his teaching career, he has taught almost every course given at massage therapy schools however his focus and interest has always remained anatomy, treatments, techniques and orthopaedic assessment skills. A specific passion of his has been emphasizing and promoting the need for all massage therapists to have a good solid understanding of and facility with the skills involved in clinical assessment.
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