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Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain (Kendall, Muscles) [Hardcover]

by Florence Peterson Kendall, Elizabeth Kendall McCreary, Patricia Geise Provance, Mary McIntyre Rodgers, William Anthony Romani
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February 24, 2005 0781747805 978-0781747806 Fifth, North American Edition

This renowned classic provides unparalleled coverage of manual muscle testing, plus evaluation and treatment of faulty and painful postural conditions. The thoroughly updated Fifth Edition is completely reorganized and has new, expanded treatment and exercise sections in each chapter. Other features include a new section on post-polio syndrome, additional case studies comparing Guillain-Barré to polio muscle tests, a new full-color design, and a first-of-its-kind chart of upper extremity articulations.


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  • Series: Kendall, Muscles
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Fifth, North American Edition edition (February 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781747805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781747806
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that has stood the test of time. January 16, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Now in its 5th edition, this book has become "thee" muscle testing book to have. Who's it for? Anyone who has a need to be able to MANUAL muscle test any of the body's muscles. This would include such professionals as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, etc.

How does the book work? Well, you look up the particular muscle you want to test, look at the picture of the test position, and then simply apply manual pressure to the limb in the instructed direction. If it sounds easy, it is the way this book shows you- included are dozens and dozens of GREAT pictures that show you precisely what to do. So, if you have a need to regularly test muscles, I highly recommend you get this book- it's a little bit more expensive than some of the other muscle testing books, but its the best I've come across so far- in fact it sits right on my desk for reference. Health professionals might also be interested in The Sixty-Second Motivator to help get clients motivated to do their home exercise programs consistently.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for your library April 8, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
In the fields of fitness, physical therapy, sports, orthopedics or anatomy and biomechanical interest, this book is a classic that should prove invaluable to you. It can help professionals or laypeople discover muscular imbalances, injuries and causes of pain in their bodies or the bodies of others.

It is clearly and well presented, very well-researched and accepted in the medical field. My main profession is fitness and health trainer and this book is a tremendous contribution to my practice.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK FOR MUSCLE TESTING March 21, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Being an athletic training student, this is by far the most useful book i have bought. It has the muscle testing in simple terms with pictures. I recommend if for anybody going to be an athletic trainer.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I have now ordered this book twice that is listed as the UPDATED AND REVISED 5TH EDTITION and have received the old Edition with an Anatomy CD that works on Windows 2000 or XP computers and not Vista/Windows 7. Beware, I do not know why the vendors are sending out the old edition even though they have it listed as the UPDATED AND REVISED EDITION. I would not have been so aware I had the Unrevised/Unupdated Edition until I tried to run the Anatomy DVD in my computer. Sounds like a very good book if I could get the correct one. BEWARE.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BIBLE FOR MUSCLE TESTING AND ASSESMENT May 15, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Im a undergraduate physiotherapist, and ace certified personal trainer currently working as a personal trainer in india this book was introduced to me by my guru and ever since my prespective towards muscles changed for ever. this is a classic book which alone is enough for a person be it a physio,atheletic trainer,doctor,massage therapist, or personal trainer. the book is in such simple language and with good understandbale picutres sure will be helpful for a rookie and also the a excellent text for refernce i highly recommened this book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Muscle Testing February 18, 2010
By marecat
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As a certifed personal trainer and pilates instructor, I work primarily with individuals who are challenged with back pain and various joint problems. This book provides a clear and concise protocol and information for working with individuals with muscle imbalances. You definitely need a strong background in this area to understand and use the material appropriately. The DVD is also an excellet companion to the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book January 14, 2008
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This book is great for manual muscle testing, origin and insetion points of muscles, and innervations. Kendall is a classic.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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In this latest edition of the classic Physical Therapy textbook, the organization of the information has been overhauled and it contains less chapters. I never read the previous editions, but the author claims it is better organized. I found it to be well-organized indeed.

The photos are great, including the classic black/white pictures demonstrating the different tests. The anatomy drawings are very good with excellent detailed descriptions of functional anatomy. The Primal Pictures CD-ROM included with the book is awesome. You can rotate anatomy diagrams 360 degrees while adding and removing anatomical structures such as ligaments, stabilizer and postural muscles, prime movers, veins, arteries, nerves, etc. It's a fantastic tool! I'm currently using some images for a couple of articles I'm writing on corrective stretching and strengthening. It is most certainly a must read for fitness and therapy pros.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeper
This book is gold on paper! The manual muscle testing is something you can carry-out through the rest of your career.
Published 9 days ago by Phillip clermont
5.0 out of 5 stars School book
the book is the same one as advertised. I like it because it contains
all of the information I need for my classes.
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Vertz
4.0 out of 5 stars Muscles testing and function
Book required for athletic training coarse not something i would pick up for just a lite read in the evening.
Published 2 months ago by Treeclark
5.0 out of 5 stars If your a SPT
If your I school to become a physical therapist you need this book! Easy to use and easy to understand.
Published 2 months ago by christine marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
Exactly as advertised and what we wanted. This item is just as pictured. Most useful product that arrived promptly and in good condition.
Published 3 months ago by E S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource.
Got this textbook for PTA school and it is a great resource. Can and will use forever. I would recommend.
Published 4 months ago by cnel1034
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you are a licensed Physical Therapist....I guess.
This book is dryly written! It is way over my head. Much to expensive and complicated for what I need.
Published 5 months ago by Workerbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Technical and Understandable
I bought this as a gift for my fitness trainer who is has a degree in Kinesiology. The book is technical enough for him and yet written plainly enough for me to understand. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest books on physiotherapy.
Great Book!

Great CD with 3D anathomy!

I suggest to all physiotherapists - students, practiotioners and other functional specialists in rehabilitation. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Janis Lacis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good insight in detection of imbalance
My main goal was: How to detect muscular imbalance and how to deal with that. This book answers those question. Cons: no reference to the work of Stuart McGill.
Published 7 months ago by Sherynella
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