This is the definitive reference book on massage which will prove invaluable to all students and practitioners of physical therapies. Fully illustrated with photographs and drawings, it covers all the practical and theoretical aspects of the subject, ranging from the basics through to the treatment of soft tissue injury. Fundamental principles such as a good working posture and the quality of 'feel' are included to help the therapist achieve the best possible result with minimal effort and stress. A fully illustrated reference section examines individual muscles explaining particular characteristics of injury and treatment. The book also includes soft tissue manipulation techniques which can relax, stretch or strengthen muscles; as well as remedial exercises which can be done by the patient to further aid recovery or enhance sports performance. It considers the causes of injury in terms of postural and occupational stress as well as sport, and discusses how they may be prevented. The book sets massage within the context of a complete therapy, with the overall aim of helping patients improve their quality of life and enjoyment of sport.
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