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Muscle testing – A Concise Manual, provides a reference for understanding how structure relates to function, and how by knowing function we can learn structural configurations. Often muscular anatomy is taught as a dry subject whereby each muscle is painstakingly reviewed and the learner is expected to cite origin, insertion, action, nerve supply and blood supply. This commonly used approach may not necessarily aid understanding of muscle function, nor does it demonstrate muscular positioning. Through muscle testing, one is better equipped to consider how muscles function individually and in working groups. It is the knowledge of symmetrical movement, range of motion, contractile patterns, resistance and gravity that provides the fuller picture for muscle function and dysfunction.

The text is organised in such a way as to enable the reader to understand anatomical position and assessment of muscular contractile strength. The manual provides movement-relevant illustrations to aid understanding of muscle location and testing positions. This is further enhanced through links to video footage for each test.

The book summarises the key anatomical facts and figures, give methods for muscle testing by several techniques, and provides clinically useful information to supplement the tests.


Additional information

ISBN 978-1-912085-65-1
Edition No 1
Pages 184
Illustrations About 350 color line drawings and photographs
Binding Paperback
Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 28 October 2019

Author biography

Earle Abrahamson holds qualifications in human movement sciences, clinical psychology and pedagogy. He is a principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy and senior lecturer in sports therapy at the University of East London. He has over 20 years experience in education and clinical practice and module leads the functional clinical anatomy course. Together with Jane Langston, Earle wrote Making Sense of Human Anatomy and Physiology, a text that focusses on teaching and learning strategies for anatomy and physiology. Earle is director at LearnAnatomy and hands-on Training. He is the national chairman of the Massage Training Institute, vice chairman of the General Council for Soft Tissue Therapies, and elected member to the massage therapy professional subject board on the Complementary and Natural health Council. Earle is a practising soft tissue therapist who actively uses muscle testing to assess and treat a wider range of injuries and pathologies.

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