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Anatomy for Massage and Bodywork

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:

This site is undergoing changes. Starting in early 2020, we began changing the format of the posts to include more extensive self-care, illustrations, therapist notes, anatomy, and protocols. We appreciate your input and feedback. You will see us adding posts and updating older posts as time permits.

Weekly Featured Post

Is the pain from
degenerative discs or
trigger points in the muscle?

This post discusses the differences in pain from disc problems and pain from trigger points. Who should you see to help with your pain?

Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points, and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.

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*This site is undergoing major changes. We are reformatting and expanding the posts to make it easier to read, more accessible, and
to include more patterns with better self-care. In the meanwhile, there will be inconsistency in formatting, content, and readability until we get the old posts updated. Please excuse our mess.