A textbook that stands above the rest.



Makes the complexities of anatomy, palpation, and movement easier to understand.

Written in an encouraging voice and sprinkled with subtle humor throughout, Trail Guide to the Body is an educational powerhouse that makes it easier for students to learn the complexities of musculoskeletal anatomy, palpation, and functional movement. This popular and widely vetted textbook covers topics essential to a student’s success in assessing joint movement, muscle strength, and functional mobility when determining treatment plans and adaptive devices best suited to a patient’s needs.

Why teach with Trail Guide to the Body?

Helps students master palpation of body regions vital for everyday activities.

Trail Guide to the Body is a dynamic tool that presents step-by-step palpation instruction, actions of daily living, and beautiful illustrations of musculoskeletal structures for learning how to conduct effective assessments. The text includes comprehensive palpation lessons for the upper extremities and lower extremities, thorax/trunk, and head and neck.

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Empowers instructors with content that deepens students’ understanding.

Trail Guide to the Body helps instructors create learning experiences that facilitate students’ understanding and mastery of subjects, such as functional anatomy or kinesiologyWith easy-to-absorb, widely vetted, and engaging content, the text has become one of the most respected resources for helping OTA students master subjects needed to excel in required coursework and on the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy exam.

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Using this text to guide our palpation labs has made things MUCH easier for the students. I’ve noticed a huge improvement in student performance over previous years.
Richard Preuss, MSC, PHD
Assistant Professor, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University

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Complimentary Instructor Resources

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

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Trail Guide to Movement

Author Andrew Biel takes students on a unique and fascinating journey as he helps build — step by step — a human body in motion. Topics include key physiological elements of movement and biomechanical principles.

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