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Fourth Edition


This newly revised fourth edition is a comprehensive guide to the major muscle groups. Fully illustrated with more than 500 drawings, and easy to use, this compact reference provides a complete profile for each muscle, clearly showing its origin, insertion, nerve supply, and action, the movements that use it, and, where appropriate, exercises that stretch and strengthen it.

The book’s distinctive quick-reference format shows students exactly how to locate and identify specific muscles, highlighting those that are heavily used and therefore subject to injury in a variety of sports and activities. Each muscle chapter now includes an overview of the gross anatomy of the body area, to show bony landmarks, cross-sections of muscle layers, and points of attachment, as well as a quick reference and an overview of the nerve pathways that are most relevant.

The book also includes a new chapter on the pelvic floor muscles, which are of particular interest to those studying or practicing yoga and Pilates.

While designed for the student and beginning practitioner of anatomy, massage, bodywork, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, physiotherapy, yoga, and Pilates or any other health-related field, this book is equally useful for athletes and anyone interested in the workings of the human body.

Additional information

Text Four colour
ISBN 978 1 905367 86 3
Pages 288
Binding Paperback
Dimensions 275 x 212 mm
Rights sold French, Korean, Slovakian, Turkish
Illustrations 280 colour images and 250 black & white images

Author biography

The late Chris Jarmey, M.C.S.P., D.S., M.R.S.S., qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1979. He was the author of several best-selling books, including The Concise Book of Muscles also published by Lotus Publishing and North Atlantic Books. Jarmey taught body mechanics, bodywork therapy, and anatomy extensively throughout Europe.


This new edition has been updated with a number of recommendations from Cecilia Brassett, University Clinical Anatomist, University of Cambridge, and the writing ofDr. Daniel Quemby,who has taught anatomy to medical and science students at St. Andrew’s University and University College London. The exercises have been updated by chartered physiotherapists and Pilates instructorsDebbie Simpson,who specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and Liza Grashion, an advanced spinal physiotherapy practitioner.

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