Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Manual Therapists PDF

Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Manual Therapists PDF

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Throughout our careers, we have used many texts to support the teaching of anatomy and physiology (A&P) to students of manual therapy. Most of these standard A&P texts have been written for a broad audience that includes students in a wide variety of health care programs such as nursing, dentistry, and physical and occupational therapy. These texts generally offer lots of specific information that, while essential for other scientific and professional endeavors, has minimal relevance to the practice of manual therapy. For example, most provide detailed facts on such things as chemical bonding, the structure of DNA, reading an EKG, and the steps of meiosis; details that are not necessary in order for manual therapists to make safe and informed therapeutic choices. At the same time, these standard texts lack adequate information about the intricacies of the myofascial network; important functional connections between the muscular, nervous, and fascial systems; and details of the lymphatic system’s structure and function as it relates to fluid return. For manual therapists, all of these details help provide essential rationale that explains many of the benefits and effects of their form of therapy. We’ve consistently heard from students and colleagues alike that a different type of A&P book is needed: one that emphasizes the A&P concepts that manual therapists really need to know, and links that science to their hands-on work.
Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Manual Therapists is a clear, accurate, simple, and comprehensive A&P textbook that addresses the needs of students in manual therapy education programs. This is a focused text that deliberately emphasizes the information manual therapists need to be familiar with in order to explain the benefits, effects, indications, and contraindications of their specific form of manual therapy. The text includes detailed information not covered in standard A&P texts, adding an entire chapter on neuromuscular and myofascial connections (Chapter 8), and separating the structure and function of the lymphatic system (Chapter 11) from immunity and healing ( Chapter 12). This, along with chapter features such as Manual Therapy Applications, Pathology Alerts, and What Do You Think? questions, and By the Way features, helps readers build bridges between the scientific facts and the application of that information to their therapeutic practice.

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