Muscle Testing - A Concise Manual

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.

Often muscular anatomy is taught as a dry study with the learner expected to cite origin, insertion, action, nerve supply and blood supply. This commonly used approach may not necessarily aid understanding of muscle function, nor does it relate to muscular positioning. Through muscle testing, one is better equipped to consider how muscles work individually and in groups. It is the knowledge of symmetrical movement, range of motion, contractile patterns, resistance and gravity that provides the fuller picture for muscle function and dysfunction. 

Muscle testing also allows the user to feel the quality of movement as well as assessing ability to contract and muscle strength. The text is organised to enable the reader to understand anatomical position and assessment of muscular contractile strength. 

It also gives applied kinesiology links to muscles. The manual provides movement relevant illustrations to aid understanding of muscle location and testing positions.  

Links to video footage for each test provide demonstrations of each muscle test to suit all learning styles.

It will be published 5th November 2019 by Handspring Publishing.

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

Muscle Testing Courses

Earle and Jane run Muscle Testing courses, designed to enliven your anatomical knowledge and give you the skills to precisely test a range of muscles. Our Making Sense of Muscle Testing courses include:

  • Making Sense of Muscle Testing for the Foot, Ankle and Knee
  • Making Sense of Muscle Testing for the Thigh, Hip and Pelvis
  • Making Sense of Muscle Testing for the Spine and Torso
  • Making Sense of Muscle Testing for the Shoulder
  • Making Sense of Muscle Testing for the Hand, Wrist and Elbow
  • Making Sense of Muscle Testing for the Head and Neck