Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy


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The Best Selling Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy is written by Whitney Lowe for the soft-tissue practitioner or student seeking to improve their understanding and treatment of soft-tissue dysfunction. Any healthcare practitioner involved in treating soft-tissue disorders with massage will find this text beneficial.

Orthopedic Assessment applies established orthopedic assessment methods to massage therapy evaluation. How soft-tissues function, their roles, and the primary ways in which they are damaged are explored in the first part of the book. The symptoms, causes, and evaluation of numerous common conditions are discussed in detail in the remaining chapters.

Assessment is a mandatory step, without which treatment would be a guessing game based on assumptions, not clinical reasoning. -Whitney Lowe

Key Features

  • Comprehensive, research-based discussion that explores the soft-tissues and their disorders
  • Detailed descriptions of the anatomy, biomechanics, and pathology of numerous soft-tissue conditions
  • Informative review of the soft-tissues’ normal function and the ways they are impaired
  • Easy to follow and learn assessment approach that will help clinicians develop effective treatment plans
  • What to look for and possible findings in history, observation, palpation, range-of-motion, resistance, and special tests
  • Provides an in-depth discussion of the physiological rationale for soft tissue treatments and explains treatments most effective for each condition
  • Extensive charts and diagrams for quick access to information, such as muscle innervation, joint and muscle actions, and nerve entrapment locations
  • Testing procedures explained biomechanically and functionally to aid understanding
  • Sections on differential evaluation listing conditions with similar symptoms
  • User-friendly, well-organized design makes reading and finding information easy
  • 305 pages, Hundreds of detailed anatomical images and photographs


This text makes a significant contribution to the integration of massage therapy into medical and athletic settings. It fills a big gap in foundational knowledge and is a valuable tool for massage therapists, both in massage school and in continuing education. -Judith Delany

Whitney Lowe is well-known and highly-respected in the massage therapy professional community for his teaching and writing on orthopedic massage and orthopedic assessment. “Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy” is a long-awaited refinement and extension of his previous “Functional Assessment for Massage Therapists”. Like Whitney himself, the new assessment book is straightforward, under-spoken, well-organized, and full of information. I highly recommend it for any clinical massage therapist’s working reference books.- Keith Eric Grant

Whitney Lowe’s new book belongs in the library of every massage therapist who deals with chronic or acute pain. Lowe sets the foundation by reviewing information concerning soft tissue dysfunction as it pertains to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, fascia, nerves, cartilage, and bursa. Next, he proceeds to delineate a systematic approach to orthopedic assessment and treatment, with detailed information regarding clinical skills (using observation, palpation, range of motion and resistance testing, and special orthopedic tests as well as taking a thorough client history). – C. Ehringhaus LMT, NCTMB


About the Author:
After years of clinical research and practice in the healthcare setting, Lowe developed his Orthopedic Massage approach for massage therapists who treat pain and injuries with massage therapy. Wanting to help practitioners challenged with the demands of today’s clients, Lowe spent years in research. His programs and books demonstrate his dedication to research-based approaches.

Lowe has been a massage educator for over 17 years. He is the author of the books, Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy and Orthopedic Massage: Theory and Technique. He researches and authors articles on pain and injury assessment techniques in numerous publications.. Whitney is frequently a featured author in Massage Magazine, Massage Today, Massage & Bodywork, and Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. See his website