Books designed for discovery.

Discovery. That’s the hallmark of our manual therapy textbooks and educational resources. In-depth, yet easy-to-understand content that ignites curiosity and encourages active exploration. Beautiful, eye-opening visuals to illuminate nuances of the human body. Resources that inspire instructors to reimagine ways of teaching and enliven every classroom.

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Trail Guide to the Body

A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology

Trail Guide to Movement

Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists



Serving over 2,000 programs worldwide.

Books of Discovery is one of the most respected publishers of foundational manual therapy textbooks and educational resources, covering musculoskeletal anatomy, palpation, surface anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, and anatomy and physiology.

Find the right textbook and resources for your specific educational needs:

Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Massage Therapy

Exercise Science & Kinesiology Athletic Training


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Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists

Books of Discovery has added to its list a premier anatomy and physiology (A&P) textbook written specifically for the manual therapy student. Uniquely relevant and engaging, Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists explores everything manual therapy students need to know about A&P – in ways they can easily understand and apply to their hands-on work.

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Newly revised
Trail Guide editions.
Coming September!

Trail Guide to the Body, 6th edition, now includes refreshed and updated illustrations, chapter introductions, and clinical stories for a fresh new way to deliver surface anatomy and palpation lessons. Learn more..

Trail Guide to Movement, 2nd edition, expands upon its fascinating journey into the world of kinesiology. Learn more.



Trail Guide to the Body:
The most popular name in palpatory anatomy.

Trail Guide to the Body — our flagship product — is the top-selling textbook for musculoskeletal anatomy and palpation. Already in its 5th edition, more than 850,000 copies have sold worldwide.

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Trail Guide to the Body

Our top-selling flagship product.

Required by more manual therapy programs in the U.S. than any other text.


of Massage Therapy Programs


of Athletic Training Programs


of Physical Therapy Asst Programs


of Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs

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What people are saying…

As a first year MOT student, my classmates and I have benefited greatly from Trail Guide to the Body. It’s informative as an academic, and perhaps just as importantly, an emotional tool. Thank you for making this relatively dry subject exponentially more entertaining.
Abigail Dann
Student in the MOT Program Dept. of Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh
Trail Guide to the Body is the best anatomy book on the market. The ease of use and thoroughness of the material make it an irreplaceable book throughout the entirety of our program. I can't imagine teaching without it!
Meredith Decker, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Athletic Training Master’s Degree Program, University of Texas at Arlington

Simple to understand and a lot more fun to read.

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