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Published by Books of Discovery in the USA and now distributed in Europe by Handspring Publishing, this is the 6th edition of the internationally acclaimed gold standard textbook for teaching surface anatomy and palpation. Before you can assess or treat a muscle you must first be able to locate it. This beautifully illustrated book delivers essential information for learning the musculoskeletal system and palpation. It makes the mastery of essential manual therapy skills interesting and accessible.

With 456 pages and 945 illustrations covering 162 muscles, 206 bones, 33 ligaments and 110 bony landmarks, Trail Guide to the Body provides a trustworthy map of the body. It prepares students of massage therapy, physiotherapy, sports therapy and rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and other bodywork, movement, and health care students for the skilled and knowledgeable practice of manual therapy. With this textbook students also gain access to an amazing repository of free study tools, including palpation videos, audio files and overlay images.

Also available in Europe from Handspring Publishing…

Trail Guide to the Body, 6th edition – Student Workbook
Andrew Biel
September 2019 Spiral Bound 230 pages over 500 illustrations £24.95 978-0-9829786-6-5
The essential companion to the Trail Guide to the Body – ideal for homework and self testing!

Trail Guide to Movement, Second edition
Building the Body in Motion
Andrew Biel
September 2019 Paperback 267 pages over 900 illustrations £42.00 978-0-9987850-5-9
This beginner’s guide to kinesiology builds a moving human form from the ground up, using bones, fascia, joints, musces and nerves, and applying biomechanical principles to achieve posture and gait

Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists
Pat Archer
2013 Paperback 276 pages Highly illustrated £64.00 978-1-605407-665-1
An engaging textbook focused on practical manual therapy applications linking physiology to the benefits, effects, indications and contraindications of multiple manual therapy forms and modalities.


Additional information

ISBN 978-0-998785-06-6
Edition No 6
Pages 456
Illustrations 945 colour illustrations
Binding Paperback
Dimensions 273 x 208 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 7 October 2019

Author biography

Andrew Biel is a licensed massage therapist. He has served on the faculties of Boulder (Colorado) College of Massage Therapy and Seattle Massage School, and has taught Cadaver Studies for bodyworkers at Bastyr Naturopathic University. He lives outside Lyons, Colorado with his family – Lyn, Grace and Elias.

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