Muscle Testing - A Concise Manual

Earle Abrahamson and Jane Langston are the co-authors of  "Muscle Testing - A Concise Manual" published on 5th November 2019 by Handspring Publishing

"Muscle Testing: A Concise Manual "provides a handy reference for frequently used muscle tests with anatomical and clinical facts and hints. Ideal for all body workers, massage therapists, sports therapists, medical students, doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors.

 “Muscle Testing: A Concise Manual” is organised to enable the reader to understand anatomical position and assessment of muscular contractile strength. It also gives applied kinesiology links to muscles.  A handy manual for the most used muscle tests, together with a concise overview of each muscle's attachments to bone and fascia, its actions (including when eccentrically contracted) and some clinical hints and tips. A must for all body workers, manual therapists, chiropractors and physiotherapists and is now a best selling book.

Clear diagrams show anatomical locations of nearly 60 frequently tested muscles, together with instructions in how to palpate the muscles. Manual muscle tests and kinesiology muscle tests are described and are supported by photographs and QR codes to free video footage (no audio) for each test provide demonstrations of each muscle test to suit all learning styles.

It is published by Handspring Publishing and is also available from Amazon


Muscle Testing - A Concise Manual is a must for all bodyworkers and manual therapists

Muscle Testing Courses


Many bodywork therapists wish they could have some pre-treatment assessments to help guide them to appropriate treatment with massage or exercises. These assessments can also be performed post-treatment to check effectiveness. Not only is this good for the practitioner, it gives confidence to the client who can clearly see the improvement.

Useful to any massage therapist, Pilates instructor, yoga practitioner, reflexologist, personal trainer or bodyworker who wish to tailor each session or treatment to suit each client. It also gives clear evidence of improvement.

Includes latissimus dorsi, psoas, piriformis, TFL, gluteus med, gluteus max and QL. These tests give assessment skills for massage treatments that can be included in a massage therapy session to see if there has been an improvement between pre and post massage. Subsequent sets can be taught in future workshops.


Our Muscle Testing courses are supplemented by our book, "Muscle Testing: A Concise Manual"  published by Handspring Publishing. 

Contact us to organise a muscle testing course for you by emailing jane@learnanatomy.uk