Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists, 2nd Edition



  • Pat Archer, MS, AT ret., LMT
  • Lisa Nelson, BA, AT ret., LMT

Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists is a clearly-written and well organized anatomy and physiology (A&P) textbook with practical focus. This premier resource explores everything manual therapy students need to know about A&P – in ways easily understood and applied to hands-on work.

User-friendly and trusted, Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists emphasizes need-to-know information for understanding the benefits, effects, indications, and contraindications of manual therapy.

Special features help students grasp the connection between A&P science and manual therapy practice.

Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists presents A&P science in an accessible manner, with special chapter features aimed at engaging students who often struggle with retaining A&P knowledge from education to clinic. These include:

  • Manual Therapy Applications that highlight material of particular relevance to manual therapists.
  • Pathology Alerts describe common conditions manual therapists encounter, ways the body system’s  respond, and a practitioner’s role in navigating the best course of action.
  • What Do You Think critical-thinking questions help bridge the gaps between A&P concepts and the actual practice of manual therapies.
  • BTW boxes contain intriguing A&P facts that deepen students’ understanding of the human body.

Written by leading experts in education with decades of manual therapy experience.

Co-authors Pat Archer, MS, AT ret, LMT, and Lisa Nelson, BA, AT/R, LMT have been longtime educators, licensed massage therapists, and school directors. They are uniquely qualified to prepare students for effective clinical decision-making. Both also possess an instructor’s understanding of how to make A&P concepts both accessible and relevant to students’ future careers.

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