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Mosby's fundamentals of therapeutic massage
Fritz, Sandy.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
St. Louis, Mo. : Mosby, [2004]

Physical Description:
xxii, 739 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm + 2 CD-ROMs.
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Accompanied by 2 student CD-ROMs.
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The 3rd Edition is now ENHANCED with 2 CD-ROMs that include 60 minutes of technique video, student learning exercises, 60 minutes of relaxation music, and a dermatology diagnosis tool. Providing valuable information on how to skillfully apply massage techniques, this practical text is the most widely-used massage therapy resource available! The new edition of this best-selling text includes discussions on sanitation, hygiene, body mechanics, business practices, ethics, and much more. Each chapter builds on the one before it, beginning with the basics and expanding to therapeutic applications, as well as providing an introduction to complementary bodywork systems. Workbook features are integrated throughout the text, with interactive case studies that help readers understand and apply key topics. Instructor resources are available; please contact your Elsevier sales representative for details.

Comprehensive coverage includes all the fundamentals of therapeutic massage including: specific massage techniques, equipment and supplies, wellness, working with special populations, business considerations, and much more. The unique textbook/workbook format is an outstanding value (no separate workbook necessary), that encourages critical thinking and interactive learning through activities, short essays, fill-in-the-blank questions, drawing exercises, and more. Core massage material, including techniques, body mechanics, hygiene & safety, and massage preparation, are covered in more detail than any other massage textbook available. An entire chapter on medical terminology and record keeping prepares the student for professional practice. Appendices on contraindications, skin pathology, common medications and their implications for massage, and self-massage provides valuable information for students, as well as additional avenues for study and reference. EVOLVE website activities, highlighted with an EVOLVE icon, are included in each chapter to direct readers to the Internet for further study. Well referenced coverage discusses the latest research in massage therapy and directs readers to additional literature on the topics in each chapter. More than 500 illustrations accompany procedures, concepts, and techniques to enhance the understanding and comprehension of each topic presented. Practical Applications are included in each chapter to support competency-based learning and to enable readers to see the way material applies to real practice. Each chapter contains Chapter Outlines, Chapter Objectives, Section Objectives, Key Terms, Summaries, Proficiency Exercises, EVOLVE exercises, Workbook Sections, and Think it Over questions to help improve comprehension. The easy-to-read format engages readers with various learning styles. Content is ideal for National Certification Exam preparation. A new chapter, Integration-Case Studies, combines the information from this textbook with basic science content to help students put the material from the text into practical application with individual clients. The 20 case studies in this chapter cover common conditions seen by massage professionals in day and destination spas, as well as health, fitness, wellness, sport, and medical settings. Content has been significantly expanded to help students prepare for practice in the areas of: Palpation and differential assessment, Sports massage, Spa applications, Lymphatic drainage massage, Medical massage, Oriental and Eastern massage theory and application, and Conflict resolution. Increased material on gait and muscle assessment procedures - as well as muscle firing patterns - helps to increase assessment skills and prepare students for more advanced massage training. A greater focus has been placed on clinical reasoning to help support student-directed learning. The entire book features an appealing design that makes the text easier to use and corresponds directly with the internal design of the Mosby''s Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage, 2nd Edition. Content has been revised and updated to reflect changes in accordance with new COMTA (Commission On Massage Therapy Accreditation) standards, so readers will have the latest and most relevant information available.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foundations of Therapeutic Applications of Touchp. 1
Professional Touchp. 2
Historical Perspectivesp. 11
Summaryp. 22
Chapter 2 Professionalism and Legal Issuesp. 27
Professionalism and Therapeutic Massagep. 29
Finding a Namep. 31
The Definition of Therapeutic Massagep. 31
Scope of Practicep. 32
Ethics and Standards of Practicep. 41
Informed Consentp. 43
Confidentialityp. 48
Professional Boundariesp. 48
The Therapeutic Relationshipp. 53
Ethical Decision Makingp. 59
Communication Skillsp. 61
Credentials and Licensingp. 70
Dealing with Suspected Unethical or Illegal Behavior of Fellow Therapeutic Massage Professionalsp. 72
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996p. 74
Summaryp. 74
Chapter 3 Medical Terminology for Professional Record Keepingp. 81
Medical Terminologyp. 82
Record Keepingp. 111
Summaryp. 118
Chapter 4 The Scientific Art of Therapeutic Massagep. 125
Valid Researchp. 127
Current Researchp. 127
Why Massage Is Effectivep. 127
Summaryp. 152
Chapter 5 Indications and Contraindications for Therapeutic Massagep. 163
Indications for Massagep. 164
Approaches to Carep. 164
Pathology, Health, and Therapeutic Massagep. 167
Contraindications to Massage Therapyp. 190
Summaryp. 197
Chapter 6 Hygiene, Sanitation, and Safetyp. 207
Personal Health, Hygiene, and Appearancep. 208
Sanitationp. 209
Preventing the Transmission of HIV, Hepatitis, and Tuberculosisp. 216
Premise and Fire Safetyp. 217
Summaryp. 218
Chapter 7 Body Mechanicsp. 227
Dysfunctions Resulting from Improper Body Mechanicsp. 229
Application of Compressive Forcesp. 232
Basic Body Mechanics Principlesp. 234
Additional Body Mechanics Considerationsp. 236
Body Mechanics While Giving a Massagep. 237
Summaryp. 245
Chapter 8 Preparation for Massage: Equipment, Supplies, Professional Environment, Positioning, and Drapingp. 253
Equipmentp. 254
The Massage Environmentp. 259
Determining a New Client's Expectationsp. 262
Feedbackp. 263
Gender Concernsp. 265
Premassage Proceduresp. 265
Positioning and Draping the Clientp. 267
After the Massagep. 269
Summaryp. 284
Chapter 9 Massage Manipulations and Techniquesp. 291
Physiologic Effectsp. 293
Quality of Touchp. 294
Basic Flowp. 295
Massage Manipulationsp. 309
Massage Techniquesp. 329
Sequence and Flowp. 359
General Massage Suggestionsp. 360
Summaryp. 365
Chapter 10 Assessment Procedures for Developing a Care Planp. 377
Assessmentp. 378
Interpretation and Analysis of Assessment Informationp. 412
Clinical Reasoning and Problem Solving to Create Massage Care/Treatment Plansp. 419
Summaryp. 429
Chapter 11 Complementary Bodywork Systemsp. 449
Complementary Bodywork Systemsp. 451
Hydrotherapyp. 453
Lymph, Blood, and Circulation Enhancementp. 457
Reflexologyp. 465
Connective Tissue Approachesp. 468
Trigger Point Therapyp. 473
Asian Bodywork Methodsp. 477
Ayurvedap. 486
Polarity Therapyp. 488
The Spa Conceptp. 492
Summaryp. 496
Chapter 12 Serving Special Populationsp. 505
Abusep. 509
Athletesp. 512
Breast Massagep. 524
Childrenp. 525
Chronic Illnessp. 525
The Elderlyp. 528
Infantsp. 529
Medical Intervention and Supportp. 531
On-Site Massagep. 533
Physically Challenged Individualsp. 534
Psychologically Challenged Individualsp. 537
Pregnancyp. 539
Terminal Illnessp. 543
Summaryp. 544
Chapter 13 Wellness Educationp. 551
Stressp. 552
Wellness Componentsp. 553
Summaryp. 568
Chapter 14 Business Considerations for a Career in Therapeutic Massagep. 569
Self-Employment or Employee Statusp. 571
Motivationp. 573
Development of the Businessp. 575
The Target Marketp. 577
The Business Structurep. 584
Managementp. 587
Summaryp. 591
Chapter 15 Case Studiesp. 601
Case 1 Generalized Stress and Anxiety with Breathing Pattern Disorder Symptomsp. 603
Case 2 Muscle Tension Headachep. 606
Case 3 Generalized Pain Syndrome: Subclinical Fibromyalgiap. 609
Case 4 Neck and Shoulder Pain with Limited Range of Motionp. 612
Case 5 Generalized Low Back Pain with Limited Range of Motionp. 615
Case 6 Athletic Delayed-Onset Muscle Sorenessp. 618
Case 7 Third Trimester Pregnancyp. 620
Case 8 Premenstrual Syndromep. 622
Case 9 Repetitive Strain/Overuse Injury: Bursitisp. 624
Case 10 Joint Sprain with Underlying Hypermobility and Lax Ligament Syndromep. 626
Case 11 Osteoarthritisp. 629
Case 12 Nerve Impingement Syndromep. 631
Case 13 General Relaxationp. 634
Case 14 Sleep Disturbancep. 635
Case 15 Circulation Impairmentp. 638
Case 16 Fatigue from Cancer Treatmentp. 640
Case 17 Breathing Disorder: Asthmap. 643
Case 18 Seasonal Affective Disorderp. 646
Case 19 Sports Performance Enhancementp. 652
Case 20 Management of Scar Tissuep. 656
Summaryp. 658
Final Wordp. 659
Works Consultedp. 661
Glossaryp. 671
Appendix A Indications and Contraindications to Massagep. 679
Appendix B Skin Pathologyp. 693
Appendix C Common Medications and Possible Implications for Massagep. 695
Appendix D Resource Listp. 703
Appendix E Self-Massagep. 707
Appendix F Understanding Researchp. 717