Anatomy for Massage and Bodywork is a collection of posts with illustrations that focus on relationships that interest the massage and bodywork practitioner.
Understanding the relationship between muscles and their local joints is critical in effective Integrative Bodywork. Each muscle has illustrations that highlight the bones of attachments, and the bones trapped between the attachments. Consequently, this highlights the local joints, which can be used to release trigger points. You can read more in this post about these illustrations.
I’ve tried to keep the notes on attachments simple. I’ve tried to keep the list of functions down commonly described functions and information supported by electromyographical studies. I have also often included notable anomalies and discrepancies between cadaver studies. I also note common errors that I have found in descriptions and illustrations. There is also a grid of posts, such as pain patterns, therapy notes, and treatment protocols
.For specific posts on anatomical structures, click on one of these regional categories:
Besides those regional categories, there are also these posts about anatomy:
An Overview of Cranial Bone Anatomy
Anatomy for Massage and Bodywork
Anterior Suboccipital Muscles – Functional Anatomy
Assess Pain and Restriction in Yoga with Anatomy
Biceps Brachii – Functional Anatomy
Coracobrachialis – Functional Anatomy
Craniosacral – The Sphenobasilar (SBS) Mechanism, Axes & Quadrants
Craniosacral System Overview
Deltoid – Functional Anatomy
Erector Spinae – Iliocostalis – Functional Anatomy
Erector Spinae – Longissumus – Functional Anatomy
Extrinsic Back Muscles – Functional Anatomy
Extrinsic Chest Muscles – Functional Anatomy
Gluteal and Lateral Hip Rotator Muscles – Functional Anatomy
Gluteus Maximus – Functional Anatomy
Gluteus Medius- Functional Anatomy
Gluteus Minimus – Functional Anatomy
Gracilis – Functional Anatomy
Iliacus – Functional Anatomy
Iliopsoas Complex – Functional Anatomy
Iliotibial Tract and Fascia Lata – Functional Anatomy
Infraspinatus – Functional Anatomy
Latissimus Dorsi- Functional Anatomy
Levator Scapula – Functional Anatomy
Mandible – Functional Anatomy
Masseter – Functional Anatomy
Musculoskeletal Illustrations Video
Obturator Externus – Functional Anatomy
Occipitalis – Functional Anatomy
Pectoralis Major – Functional Anatomy
Pectoralis Minor – Functional Anatomy
Pelvic Ligaments – Functional Anatomy
Peroneus Longus – Functional Anatomy
Piriformis – Functional Anatomy
Psoas Major – Functional Anatomy
Psoas Minor – Functional Anatomy
Quadratus Femoris – Functional Anatomy
Quadratus Lumborum – Functional Anatomy
Quadriceps Femoris- Functional Anatomy
Rectus Abdominis- Functional Anatomy
Rectus Femoris – Functional Anatomy
Rhomboid Major and Minor Muscles – Functional Anatomy
Rotator Cuff Muscles – Functional Anatomy
Rotatores and Multifidi – Functional Anatomy
Sacroiliac Joint – Functional Anatomy
Sacroiliac Ligament – Functional Anatomy
Sartorius- Functional Anatomy
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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.
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