Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and function (Physiotherapy Essentials)

Since its first publication in 1989, Anatomy and Human Movement has grown to become a best-selling seminal textbook, helping students to understand and remember the mechanisms which allow movement to take place.

Written specifically for physiotherapists and occupational therapists, this textbook is the ideal resource for students learning how to perform a musculoskeletal examination and for practising clinicians who need to refresh their functional anatomy.

The approach used is the same as in the previous edition, which shows the physiotherapist’s perspective during patient examinations through an intact skin: bones are presented first, followed by accurate descriptions of muscles, joints, nervous system and blood supply.

New to this edition, the introduction of an e-learning course as a helpful study aid and an ideal complement to the text.

Key features:

  • Fully revised and updated text and introduction of online resources
  • Excellent new full-colour images and photographs provide the highest level of clarity
  • Summary boxes for quick reference and overview
  • Detailed and focused account of anatomy for physiotherapists and other allied health professionals

Fully revised and updated text and introduction of online resources

Excellent new full-colour images and photographs provide the highest level of clarity

Summary boxes for quick reference and overview

Detailed and focused account of anatomy for physiotherapists and other allied health professionals

Part of the Elsevier Physiotherapy Essentials series, which are key textbooks for students and lecturers

Nigel Palastanga, Derek Field and Roger Soames have written an amazing text. I am an engineer by trade and became a yoga teacher for health reasons. I did allot of searching for the definitive anatomy book that is focused on position and movement; and this is it! I have referenced this book in one that I have recently published on the subject of yoga class design.
I have a very strong background in organizational strategies and creative problem solving. I find this book very professionally constructed with a strong sense of order and clarity. There are functional illustrations with illuminating descriptions. Each section is laid out in the same way beginning with the foundation of the bones then the muscles and joints etc. I especially like the summary sections that appear periodically that help to reinforce the main concepts covered. This feature is especially useful because it helps me to find the appropriate information and then look deeper into the chapter for the details.
My purpose for this text was to look at the shape of a yoga posture and discern what muscles are being used. In this regard it is extremely useful. I can now design my yoga classes by deconstructing yoga postures to help determine their utility in stretching specific muscle groups. Other sections of the text describe joint movement and range of movement. This is a benefit to aid in the process of safely entering, sustaining and exiting a posture. There is much more in this text but these are the main things that I am interested in. I highly recommend this text for traditional yoga and yoga therapy practitioners. I am sure that medically trained professionals and students will benefit to a greater degree as this text is written from that perspective.

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