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Table of Contents

Introduction - how to use this book

  • Principles of muscle testing - an overview
  • Introduction to musculoskeletal palpation, assessment, evaluation and rehabilitation advice
List of muscles Head and neck
  • Upper trapezius
  • Sternocleidomastoid
  • Scalene
  • Splenius capitis
  • Levator scapula
Anterior torso and trunk
  • Rectus abdominis
  • Transverse abdominis
  • Pectoralis major (clavicular)
  • Pectoralis major (sternal)
  • Pectoralis minor
Posterior torso and trunk
  • Quadratus lumborum
  • Erector spinae group (sacrospinalis)
  • Latissimus dorsi
  • Mid trapezius
  • Lower trapezius
  • Serratus anterior
  • Rhomboid group
Upper extremity
  • Supraspinatus
  • Infraspinatus
  • Teres minor
  • Subscapularis
  • Anterior deltoid
  • Medial deltoid
  • Posterior deltoid
  • Coracobrachialis
  • Biceps brachii
  • Triceps brachii
  • Brachioradialis
  • Supinator
  • Pronator teres
  • Pronator quadratus
  • Opponens pollicis
  • Opponens digiti minimi
  • Psoas
  • Iliacus
  • Piriformis
  • Gluteus maximus
  • Gluteus medius
Lower extremity
  • Quadriceps as a group
  • Rectus femoris
  • Hamstrings as a group
  • Medial hamstrings (semitendinosus and semimembranosus)
  • Biceps femoris
  • Adductor group
  • Gracilis
  • Popliteus
  • Sartorius
  • Gastrocnemius
  • Soleus
  • Anterior tibialis
  • Posterior tibialis
  • Fibularis group (peroneus)
  • Extensor hallucis longus
  • Flexor hallucis longus
  • Extensor digitorum longus and brevis
Gait testing
  • Ipsi lateral gait
  • Contra-lateral Gait
  • Side Gait 1
  • Side Gait 2
  • Abdominal Gait

About the Author

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.

Jane Langston worked for over 20 years in haematology and blood transfusion laboratories within the National Health Service and is Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science. She went on to develop her skills as an Amatsu practitioner in a busy clinic in Hertfordshire for another 20 years. Jane is a teacher of Amatsu Soft Tissue Therapy and of anatomy and physiology and is a director of Amatsu Training School Ltd and Learn Anatomy Ltd.

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