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 the compelling, easy-to-grasp instructions and descriptions–has helped 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–beginning with chapter pre-learning stories that presents the “why?” context, motivating students to dig deeper into assigned topics. Next, the text takes students on a journey that includes a clearly defined, step-by-step 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, full-color visuals and accompanying tutorial videos that take the mystery out of practicing and learning palpation.

Combined, these ingredients 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 dynamic lessons.

As a Trail Guide to the Body educator, you’ll gain easy access to a full suite of resources that help you create dynamic, multi-faceted lessons with ease. From multiple PowerPoint presentations and a vast image library to unique classroom activities, these resources save you time and capture your students’ attention.

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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 empowering repository of study tools, most 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—now available! 

For more than two decades, Trail Guide to the Body has helped instructors deliver lessons in clear and memorable ways. With this newest 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 help students quickly locate critical content.
  • Updated anatomical terminology reflects the latest consensus.

Note: All page numbers remain the same as in the 5th edition.

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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 especially amazing for teaching students surface anatomy. 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 to the Body, 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
Department of Health Professionals, DPT Program, University of Central Florida

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