Why is Trail Guide to the Body the preferred text of
over 2,000 manual therapy programs?

Sets instructors up for success.

Trail Guide to the Body transforms the classroom into a rich learning environment. Every element of this best-selling textbook – from its life-like and detailed anatomical illustrations to compelling, easy-to-grasp instructions and descriptions – has proven to help instructors deliver lessons in powerful, memorable ways. All of which makes it easier for you to deepen students’ mastery of musculoskeletal anatomy and palpation, and raise the bar for student achievement.

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Takes students on a confidence-building learning journey.

What makes author Andrew Biel’s Trail Guide to the Body a great confidence builder? There is a science to it.

It starts with content written in a simple, engaging way – that motivates students to dig deeper into assigned topics. Next, the text takes students on a journey that includes a well-defined trail through musculoskeletal structures, enhancing their understanding of how to navigate the human body, which is critical for effective assessment. Finally, there are eye-catching visuals and accompanying tutorial videos to take the mystery out of learning and practicing palpation.

These ingredients, when combined, help students build the knowledge, skill, and confidence needed to become successful manual therapy professionals.

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Comes with resources for quickly creating attention-getting lessons.

As a Trail Guide to the Body educator, you’ll gain easy access to a powerhouse collection of complimentary instructor resources for every lesson and program. From PowerPoint presentations and an image library to classroom activities, these resources will save you time and capture students’ attention like never before.

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Expands learning beyond the classroom with tools that can go anywhere.

By owning Trail Guide to the Body, students gain exclusive access to an amazing repository of study tools, many included for free. Convenient, easy-to-access palpation videos, overlay images, interactive mobile apps, and more are available online for students, wherever and whenever they need them.

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Trail Guide to the Body, 6th edition — coming this fall!

For more than 20 years, Trail Guide to the Body has been helping instructors deliver lessons in clear and memorable ways. With the new edition, it will be even easier to deepen students’ understanding of surface anatomy and mastery of palpation.

  • New full-color illustrations convey the most life-like representations of anatomical structures.
  • Chapter introductions with pre-learning questions improve comprehension and retention.
  • Concise clinical stories provide relevance and real-life application.
  • Newly designed icons and headings helps students quickly locate critical content.
  • Updated anatomical terminology reflects the latest consensus.

*Page numbers will remain the same.

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This text is one that students actually don’t sell back to the bookstore when the semester is over! It is one of the best texts I have ever seen and love it. It is amazing for teaching students surface anatomy, especially. Plus, the videos make my job so much easier.
David Bazett-Jones, PhD
Director of Post-Professional Athletic Training Program, University of Toledo
Trail Guide, along with all its associated student and instructor resources, has greatly assisted our DPT students in the transition to hands-on, clinical course work. It has routinely proven to be an invaluable component of our clinical courses in our early DPT curriculum.
Patrick Pabian, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS
Dept. of Health Professionals, DPT Program, University of Central Florida

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