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By James H Clay, David M Pounds

This fantastically illustrated textual content familiarizes scholars with person muscular tissues and muscle structures and demonstrates simple medical therapeutic massage treatment ideas. greater than 550 full-color illustrations of inner buildings are embedded into pictures of stay versions to teach each one muscle or muscle staff, surrounding constructions, floor landmarks, and the therapist's fingers. scholars see in actual fact which muscle is being labored, the place it's, the place it truly is connected, the way it may be accessed manually, what difficulties it will possibly reason, and the way therapy thoughts are played. This variation gains better illustrations of draping and comprises palpation for every muscle. An accompanying genuine Bodywork DVD contains video demonstrations of therapeutic massage thoughts from the publication.

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40 Presenting Problem: What brought you here? Where do you hurt? What doesn't work right? How long has it been this way? When did it start? If the pain is the result of a specific injury, exactly how did the injury occur? What physical position were you in when the injury occurred? What was the course of the rest of the day, and of the next couple of days? Describe the pain, swelling, limitation of motion, and treatment (including self-treatment) that occurred over the course of the rest of the day, as well as the days following the injury.

The touch may be extremely gentle or quite forceful; it may be moving or still; but touch, for reasons not yet understood, elicits a response from the soft tissues. If the touch is artfully applied, then the response can be one of healing. The classical strokes used in Swedish, or relaxation, massage are quite effective in inducing a generalized relaxation response from the soft tissues and, thus, in the whole person. But the treatment of specific complaints of myofascial pain and dysfunction require a more specific approach.

Examples are sternocleidomastoid (Fig. 1-22), pectoralis major, the portion of trapezius that lies on top of the shoulder, and the more proximal aspects of the hip adductors. To perform this technique, grasp the tissue between the thumb and the tips of the first two or three fingers, or the outside of the bent index finger. Each then provides a firm surface against which the other can palpate and compress. Search the tissues carefully for trigger points or other sensitive points. When you find such a point, hold it until you feel it release, and then continue the search.

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