New instructor tips
- Instructor story: Trail Guide to the Body becomes part of the change for medical education in Albania
- New textbook title: Ruth Werner and A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology join Books of Discovery
- New instructor tool: Customizable AOIN spreadsheet
New instructor tip
Try walkin’ in my shoes
Write different gait deviations on separate pieces of paper, and ask a student to choose one. That student then walks in the assigned gait to experience the feeling of the gait, muscles involved, and imbalances that exist. Then ask your class to guess the gait deviation the student was assigned.
This exercise can also be done in smaller groups: assign specific gait deviations to different groups and have each report their Walkin’ in My Shoes findings to the class.
New instructor tip
Deconstruct a sport activity
Bring to class several sport or exercise items such as a Frisbee, bat and ball, Hula Hoop, Hacky Sack, or baton. Ask students to work in pairs. Each pair selects an item and deconstructs the movements involved when using it. Have them share their findings with the class.
Some variations of this lesson can include asking your students to:
- Identify which muscles are used.
- Describe how the muscles are used.
- Compare required upper-body muscle movement to lower-body muscle movement.
- Explain the prime movers vs. synergists or antagonists.
Trail Guide to the Body becomes part of the change for medical education in Albania
Takes students beyond rote memorization to practicing and mastering palpation.
“I wish you could see the students start to ‘think’ and try to figure out ‘function’ using their own bodies and the new textbooks. They aren’t just memorizing how to palpate muscles and bony structures, they’re visualizing it with the text and then actually practicing it,” says Kathy Scott, PT, DPT, an American physical therapy instructor working for the ABC Health Foundation, a not-for-profit organization striving to improve medical care in Albania.
New instructor tip
Pick apart a pushup
Choose an exercise to deconstruct — for example, a pushup. Ask students to work in pairs or small groups to identify all the movements required when engaging in that exercise. Instruct them to:
- Describe how movements occur in the exercise.
- List the order of muscle actions throughout the exercise.
- Ask them to try using “eccentrically speaking,” where the focus is on eccentric contraction instead of concentric.
Consider giving a prize to the pair of students who have the highest number of correct answers.
A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology
Ruth Werner, and her iconic book, have joined our publishing family!
There’s nothing quite like finding that perfect textbook to augment our product line and accommodate our rapidly growing customer base. That’s why we’ve brought this revered, best-selling text into our family.
A cornerstone educational resource of many massage therapy programs and already in its 6th edition, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology is a comprehensive, visually appealing, and highly respected textbook on pathologies. Organized by body system, the text contains detailed information on the etiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment of more than 500 diseases and conditions. It also helps students discover how massage therapy can positively impact the healing process.
Here are some of our favorite features:
- Case histories in which people living and coping with many of the diseases and conditions share their stories, drawing a real-world connection between the classroom and the clinic.
- Clear illustrations and friendly, accessible content to capture students’ attention and make challenging concepts easier to grasp.
- Tables at the end of each disease description that summarize the benefits, risks, and options for massage therapy.
- A research literacy appendix addressing the need for evidence-based massage therapy.
- Compare-and-contrast charts that list similar conditions side-by-side, helping students discern the differences.
- Access to a host of games, exercises, quizzes, videos, and animations, all developed or selected by the author.
New instructor resource
Teach AOIN topics your way.
Customizable Action, Origin, Insertion, and Nerve Innervation Spreadsheet
Do you sometimes need more, or less, Action, Origin, Insertion, and Nerve Innervation (AOIN) material than what’s printed in Trail Guide to the Body? With the new customizable AOIN spreadsheet, it’s easier than ever to teach AOIN information to your standards.
Expand on an AOIN topic. Or, fill in the gaps. You can even use your customized spreadsheet to create study guides for your students. Because no one knows precisely what your students need to learn better than you.
- Customize materials quickly in a Microsoft Excel-based spreadsheet.
- Teach students only the specific AOIN information they need.
- Build customized study sheets for your students.
Now available for instructors who require Trail Guide to the Body for their courses.
Adding some clarity to the deltoid.
Wondering the best ways to help students understand the deltoid?
Chances are, your students are unfamiliar with the concept of synergists and antagonists. So, before you start explaining the deltoid ask, “How could the deltoid possibly move the shoulder in so many different directions?”
Next, engage them visually by using a skeleton as a prop. You might want to say, “Imagine there’s a little guy standing here on the clavicle. He throws a rope down and hooks it on to the deltoid tuberosity. As he pulls, the humerus swings up (flexing and medially rotating at the glenohumeral joint).”
Taking the mystery out of the levator scapula.
The twisting, three-dimensional aspect of the levator scapula can be confusing for students. To make it easier to understand, consider drawing the belly of the levator scapula on a shirtless model. This can help them visualize how it’s on both the posterior and lateral sides of the neck. Then move the model’s head in various positions, so students can see how the muscle shortens and lengthens.