Muscle Testing A Concise Manual
- ISBN: 9781912085651
- 2019, 184 pages
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A short manual that provides an understanding of how structure is related to function and how we can learn structural configurations through knowledge of function. The book summarizes the most important anatomical facts and figures, provides methods for muscle testing using various techniques, and provides clinically useful information to complement the tests.
Muscular anatomy is often taught as a dry subject, with each muscle carefully checked and expected by the learner to indicate origin, insertion, action, nerve supply and blood supply. This frequently used approach does not necessarily facilitate the understanding of muscle function and does not show muscular positioning. Muscle testing is a better way to consider how muscles work individually and in workgroups. It is the knowledge of symmetric motion, range of motion, contractile patterns, resistance and gravity that provides a more complete picture of muscle function and dysfunction.
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.