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Trail Guide to the Body

Makes musculoskeletal anatomy captivating and easier to understand.

Trail Guide to the Body was first published in 1997. Now in its 6th edition and with more than 900,000 copies sold, the textbook has become the gold standard for foundational musculoskeletal anatomy and palpation education.

Used by more than 2,500 programs worldwide and translated into 10 languages, Trail Guide to the Body prepares students with the skills and knowledge needed to practice manual therapy in athletic training, massage therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and various other bodywork, movement, and health care professions.

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A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology

Treat clients with health conditions—safely, effectively, confidently.

Ruth Werner’s best-selling A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology is a highly regarded, comprehensive resource that sets the standard for pathology instruction. Written for massage therapy students, this groundbreaking textbook serves up a comprehensive review of the etiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment of more than 500 diseases and disorders.

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Trail Guide to Movement

An award-winning textbook revealing the inner workings of the body in motion.

Trail Guide to Movement takes the kinesiology principles found in Trail Guide to the Body even further by deepening students’ understanding of how muscles, bones, fascia, joints, and other structures come together to produce human movement. It explores biomechanics, key structures for movement, and principles of posture and gait, all with memorable imagery and straightforward descriptions. This award-winning textbook is written with the same encouraging voice and subtle humor as the iconic Trail Guide to the Body, making the study of human movement easy to understand, captivating, and relatable.

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Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists

Engaging A&P textbook written specifically for the manual therapy student.

Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists explores everything manual therapy students need to know about anatomy and physiology (A&P)–in ways they can easily understand and apply to their hands-on work. This uniquely relevant textbook contains a wealth of detailed A&P information, including the benefits, effects, indications, and contraindications of specific forms of manual therapy.

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Functional Anatomy for Occupational Therapy

Finally… an OT approach to functional anatomy.

Books of Discovery is now introducing a textbook specifically for occupational therapy: Functional Anatomy for Occupational Therapy. This OT-focused textbook provides a solid foundation for understanding the science of purposeful movement. Lead author Nathan Short, a practicing OT, presents functional anatomy across the human lifespan through an occupation-focused lens, in the context of clinical practice.

Functional Anatomy for Occupational Therapy provides:

      • A comprehensive, occupation-focused approach to functional anatomy, goniometry, and MMT
      • An “OT voice” that frames functional anatomy in the context of purposeful movement
      • Anatomical illustrations and cadaver-dissection images for unrivalled visual instruction
      • Instruction aligned with ACOTE standards and OTPF-4 concepts and terminology
      • Great preparation for licensure exams
      • Plus, a FREE companion OT Guide to Goniometry & MMT eTextbook that presents detailed video and photographic instruction for more than 50 common functional movements

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