Know the Body

know-the-bodyKnow the Body: Muscle, Bone, and Palpation Essentials, is meant to be the best single source for all the essential knowledge about the musculoskeletal system that a massage therapist or any manual or movement therapist needs. Attachments (origins and insertions), actions (regular and stabilization functions), and palpation are covered for all the major muscles and muscle groups of the body, as well as applications to treatment. In addition, this book contains five introductory chapters that cover basic kinesiology terminology, bones and bony landmarks, how muscles function, how to palpate, and palpation of bones and bony landmarks. All the essentials that you need to know are contained in this one book, along with online demonstration videos on how to palpate individual muscles and an interactive CD at the back of the book that allows the viewer to place any combination of muscles on the skeleton to learn not just each individual muscle, but also the relative relationship of muscles!

Know the Body is organized into two major parts.

Part one

Chapter 1 covers all the essential kinesiology terminology that a therapist needs to be able understand and communicate about the musculoskeletal system. Chapter 2 is an atlas of the skeletal system, covering all the bones, bony landmarks, muscle attachment sites, and joints of the body. Chapter 3 is a critically important chapter because it explains clearly and concisely how the muscular system functions. This chapter not only provides a strong foundation to be able to learn the muscles of the body, but it also teaches the reader to critically think through muscle function and apply it in clinical settings. Chapter 4 is another critically important chapter because it teaches the art and science of palpation. With the knowledge presented in this chapter, the therapist will learn how to reason through muscle palpation protocols instead of simply memorizing them. Chapter 5 is an atlas of palpation of the bones and major bony landmarks of the body with clear and simple illustrations.

Part two

Chapters 6 through 11 are the meat of this book. They divide the body into regions and cover all the essentials for every major muscle and muscle group within the region. Each chapter contains beautiful cutting-edge illustrations of the muscles of the region drawn onto a skeleton and placed over a photograph of a real person. Functional guidelines present how to reason through the actions of the groups of muscles presented. Each muscle or muscle group are then presented individually, with attachments (origins and insertions), actions, stabilization functions, innervation, palpation, and treatment considerations given. Review questions and case studies are also provided at the end of each chapter. Chapter 6 covers the muscles of the shoulder girdle and arm. Chapter 7 covers the muscles of the forearm and hand. Chapter 8 covers the muscles of the spine and rib cage. Chapter 9 covers the muscles of the head. Chapter 10 covers the muscles of the pelvis and thigh. Chapter 11 covers the muscles of the leg and foot. An illustrated stretching atlas concludes the book, featuring drawings of stretches for all major muscles.

Dr. Muscolino, I am SO EXCITED!! Joe’s new KNOW THE BODY is so absolutely PERFECT for our program needs that it is as if he wrote it specially for our college curriculum and also the state-provided curriculum requirements in Kinesiology! KNOW THE BODY will fill all our needs for Kinesiology re: bodywork techniques we teach and the knowledge the students require for their future licensure exam. I am going through it now and becoming more and more excited!! Joe has continued his style of presenting information in a comfortable, concise and clear manner that students like and can absorb easily. He evidences superb talents as a educator.Roberta W., Massage Therapy Instructor

Distinctive Features

Know the Body has many distinctive features:

  • The most thorough yet concise muscle atlas for attachments, actions, and palpation
  • Palpation of the bones and bony landmarks
  • Explanations and guidelines that promote critical thinking to understand muscle actions
  • Beautiful illustrations in which the bones and mus- cles are placed on a photograph of a real person
  • Large group illustrations for every functional muscle group
  • Online video coverage of the palpation protocols for individual muscles of the body
  • Treatment considerations for application to clinical settings
  • An interactive CD that allows for any combination of muscles to be placed on the skeleton and body

Electronic Resources
Know the Body is supported by an Evolve website that includes the following student resources:

  • Downloadable audio pronunciations of muscle names, attachments, and actions
  • Palpation video clips covering skeletal muscles of the human body
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Bony palpation matching activities
  • Electronic coloring book

Access these resources HERE.



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