Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy


Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy

by Whitney Lowe
Published by Daviau-Scott

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Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy is written for both students of massage and professionals already in practice. The text delivers needed information for understanding and treating soft-tissue dysfunction.

The text will greatly improve your understanding and competence in treating musculoskeletal conditions, whether that condition might be mild stress or an injury. Assessment, even basic evaluation, is increasingly understood to be a critical tool in understanding a client’s problem, and then finding the most effective treatment for that condition.

Orthopedic Assessment applies established orthopedic assessment methods to massage therapy evaluation. The first section of the text covers important basics, such as how soft-tissues function in health and injury, what roles tissue play in the body, and the primary ways in which soft-tissues are damaged. This first section is exceptionally helpful for those new to assessment, as you explore how the body functions both in health and in injury.

In the remaining sections, the symptoms, causes, and evaluation of numerous common conditions seen in the soft-tissue clinic are discussed in detail. Included in these chapters are the basics of range-of-motion, manual resistive, and special testing. This material provides a unique and helpful introduction to assessment to those who are new at this type of evaluation, while also being a useful reminder section for those in practice.

Written by a massage therapist for other soft-tissue therapists, this text is written to be easy to assimilate initially, while also being an easy to reference manual for the clinic once in practice.

From the Author and Forward Author:

“Assessment is a mandatory step, without which treatment would be a guessing game based on assumptions, not clinical reasoning.”

-Whitney Lowe

“This text makes a significant contribution to the integration of massage therapy into medical and athletic settings. It fills a big gap in foundational knowledge and is a valuable tool for massage therapists, both in massage school and in continuing education.”

-Judith Delany

Key Features

•    Comprehensive, research-based discussion
•    Explains the soft-tissues and their disorders
•    Detailed descriptions of the anatomy, biomechanics, and pathology of soft-tissue conditions
•    Informative review of the soft-tissues’ normal function and how they are impaired
•    Easy to follow and learn assessment approach that will help clinicians develop effective treatment plans
•    What to look for & possible findings in history, observation, palpation, range-of-motion, resistance, and special tests
•    Provides an in-depth discussion of the physiological rationale for soft tissue treatments and lists treatments most effective for each condition
•    Extensive charts and diagrams for, such as muscle innervation, joint and muscle actions, and nerve entrapment locations
•    Testing procedures explained biomechanically and functionally to aid understanding
•    Sections on differential evaluation and lists conditions with similar symptoms
•    User-friendly, well-organized design makes reading and finding information easy
•    Hundreds of detailed anatomical images and photographs


Schools will find Lowe’s text to be a valuable and highly flexible asset in both the basic curriculum, as well as advanced courses in pathology and clinical massage. Common courses for the text include: basic pathology, assessment & evaluation, advanced clinical skills, sports, or orthopedic massage, and/or common pain or injury treatment. The text is highly flexible and students can use the book in multiple classes. Unlike many “school” texts, this text continues to work for the student throughout their careers.

Instructor Support Materials: email omeri@omeri.com for the assortment of support materials now available for schools requiring the text in their curriculum (not available for continuing education programs without prior copyright permissions from Lowe).