2013 – Strength Training Anatomy and Women’s Strength Training Anatomy

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Strength Training Anatomy Frederic Delavier Human Kinetics 0-7360-4185-0  124 pages   Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Frederic Delavier Human Kinetics 0-7360-4813-8   135  pages Despite a thorough grounding in theoretical anatomy, therapeutic massage therapists’ work is often based on what they ‘imagine’ the body looks like underneath the skin. Most of the time standard anatomy books contain diagrams of the human body in the anatomical position. It depicts this dynamic three-dimensional structure in a neutral and static stance. This might resemble the patients while prone or supine on a massage table but it doesn’t tell the therapist much about the patients’ posture at work or at play. These two volumes by French journalist and author Frederic Delavier were originally written for body builders and people interested in strength-training and provides an inside view of the muscles in action during a number of exercises. The Amazon.com website compares it to “having an X-ray of each exercise”. The author graphically illustrates both the muscles and the bones. He delineates what each muscle does and how the muscles and ligaments interact with surrounding joints and skeletal structures.  Strength Training Anatomy has been written for both male and female body builders while Women’s Strength Training Anatomy focuses on the female body in particular. Both books include slightly different foldout glossaries that cover anatomical terms from abdomen to vital capacity. Devalier who lives in Paris, is the former editor-in-chief of the French magazine PowerMag and currently writes for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and is a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men’s Health Germany.  Not only is he responsible for the text but he combines his vast knowledge of the human body with his talent as an illustrator to draw more that 400 diagrams in each volume. According to the Amazon.com website he studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médecine. In 1988 Delavier won the French powerlifting title and regularly presents papers on the sports applications of biomechanics at conferences in . His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pédagogie Sportive. Both books are available from most well-known bookshops. – Erika...

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2013 – Sports & exercise massage: Comprehensive care in athletics, fitness & rehabilitation

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Sports & exercise massage: Comprehensive care in athletics, fitness & rehabilitation By Sandy Fritz Elsevier Mosby Publishers © 2005 Pgs: 682 ISBN 0-323-02882-9 Price: Unknown This book by one of the foremost international writers on therapeutic massage is written in the style of a learning tool and is specifically aimed at massage students or qualified therapeutic massage therapists that have a special interest in developing their knowledge in the field of sports massage.    It is focuses on identifying the specific massage needs of all athletes, be it professional, amateur or just recreational.  The user is required to have an established foundation of therapeutic massage to be able to effectively access the information provided as the author assumes that this knowledge is in place. This practical resource includes an overview of the following: Definition and explanation of sports massage. The author describes sports massage as a therapeutic application aimed at supporting fitness, helping to reduce the demands sport places on the body, increasing the ability to perform the sport, and enhancing and shortening the recovery time of athletes. Scientific validation of sports massage benefits. The author touches on varies scientific studies that were done to validate the effectiveness of massage as part of the medical team of athletes.  One such topic discussed is the beneficial effects of massage on delayed onset muscle soreness.   Basic functional movements and movement strategies. This section is designed to provide the reader with information regarding basic movements such as walking, jumping, kicking, throwing, etc.  This is important to know because each sports activity consists of a combination of these functional movements.  Understanding this concept will then enable the therapist to identify and assess sport-specific patterns of use, and apply appropriate massage treatment. Assessment for sports massage and physical rehabilitation application Case studies 90 minute DVD that features the correct technique for specific massage applications Even though this book is written for the American market, most of the concepts discussed are universal to massage everywhere.  The discussions in the book gives the reader a comprehensive and  clear understanding of the world of an athlete, the role of massage within this population and the specific skills needed in order to facilitate an effective goal-oriented treatment. One of the key features of this book is that it draws on the author’s practical experience that she acquired during her years working with athletes. In the book the author does not just focus on the why related to application of techniques and their effects but also onhow the techniques should be applied. For this reason the level of information provided in the book makes it a welcome addition to any professional massage therapist or learner therapist wishing to pursue a career in providing...

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2013 – Pediatric Massage Therapy 2nd Edition

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Children are not miniature adults! That is the most important principle that Sinclair’s book on paediatric massage wants to get across. Children have very special needs when it comes to massage as their bodies differ substantially from their parents. Sinclair lists a number of dissimilarities including those related to soft tissue and skeletal structures: Paediatric periosteum  is thicker with greater blood supply than that of an adult; Children’s joints have greater range of motion as tendons and ligaments are less rigid. Also their muscles are less rigid and dense and therefore less tight; Children’s skin is thinner, softer and more mobile; Children have 330 bones compared to adults with 206 bones; Their cranial bones are not fused (it only happens during puberty); Paediatric bones are prone to fractures as they are porous and Children’s centre of gravity is located at their xyphoid process whereas in adults it is found at the upper, anterior edge of the first sacral vertebrae. This book covers everything a therapeutic massage therapist should know about massaging children between the ages of 2 and 18. According to the author, the overall aim is to impart knowledge about massage to: enhance the development and quality of life of normal children; treat a wide variety of paediatric aches and pains including the common cold, constipation, growing pains in legs, muscle weakness and earache, treat injuries such as birth trauma, burns, dislocations, fractures and traumatic birth injury and improve the lives of children with disabilities e.g. physical and sexual abuse, HIV/Aids, asthma, autism, scoliosis foetal drug and alcohol syndrome and contractures. Before explaining paediatric massage techniques and sequences for the different groups, Sinclair looks in detail at the emotional and physiological benefits of massage for children as well as the growth and development patterns including how childhood experiences can lead to adult musculoskeletal problems. An important component is the section on precautions for working with children including parental permission, observing professional boundaries and guidelines for working with the primary healthcare practitioner. Sinclair ends the book with a section on teaching parents to massage their children. The content of the book is enhanced by exquisite drawings and diagrams as well as case studies and anecdotes. By Erika...

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2013 – A massage therapist’s guide to pathology 3rd Ed.

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By  Ruth Werner Lippincott Williams & Wilkins © 2005 ISBN 0-7817-5489-5 Price: R638.95   Pages: 672 With formalised training and an increased scope for massage therapists in the healthcare arena, it is crucial to have a book such Ruth Werner’s in every therapist’s professional library. As she states in the introduction to the book the demographics of the average massage patient is changing as ‘every year more people perceive massage as a health care modality rather than (or in addition to) an occasional indulgence. … The result is that today massage therapists can expect to see (patients) who struggle with various simple and complex health issues.” More than ever before it is the responsibility of the therapist to make sure that he or she doesn’t do more harm than good. So whether it is someone who seeks a therapeutic massage treatment to relax them or a patient who has been diagnosed with Aids, the therapist has to stay abreast of developments in the massage therapy profession. Only through continued professional development and access to relevant and comprehensive resources for reference will the massage therapist establish a safe and ethical practice. Werner’s well-researched and relevant book offers exactly that – clear and concise explanations of those conditions that therapists commonly come across as well as some that we might encounter maybe once in your professional life. She describes more than 200 conditions according to the main systems of the human body giving the definition, aetiology, signs and symptoms, common treatment options and applicability of massage. This new edition also features: Compare and Contrast boxes that compare two conditions that are frequently confused such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis or angina and heart attack; summaries of basic information for easy reference; case histories that add a personal narrative to the theory; full colour drawings and photographs that illustrate main ideas; a CD-Rom with a quiz consisting of about 300 multiple choice questions to help the therapists test their knowledge as well as animations that describe the pathophysiology of some conditions such as hypertension, the immune system and a stroke; an appendix on medications and the possible implications to massage therapy and an auditory pronunciation guide of glossary terms from the book (very useful to us SLESs or second language English speakers). If you buy one book this year, I suggest that you consider this comprehensive guide to pathology. It is available in hardcover from i.a. kalahari.net at R638.95. Erika...

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