Written specifically for the manual therapy student.


Offers meaningful learning experiences.

With classroom-tested, practical content customized to the manual therapy student, this textbook provides a personalized path for understanding and applying anatomy and physiology (A&P) principles.

“Why is it critical for me to learn this information?” and “How will it help me become a better manual therapist?” Those are the exact questions this student-centered textbook answers, helping instructors deliver compelling and relevant learning experiences.

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Engages with easy-to-understand yet detailed science.

Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists emphasizes the benefits, effects, indications, and contraindications of the practice of manual therapy, all supported and grounded in current scientific understanding.

Each chapter contains special features that challenge and engage manual therapy students who often struggle with retaining A&P knowledge from classroom to clinic. These include:
Manual Therapy Applications highlight subject matter most crucial to students’ future profession.
Pathology Alerts describe common conditions manual therapists encounter, ways the body systems functionally respond, and a practitioner’s role in navigating the best course of action.
BTW boxes contain intriguing A&P tidbits that deepen students’ understanding of the human body.
“What Do You Think?” critical-thinking questions help bridge the gaps between A&P concepts and the actual practice of manual therapies.

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Covers topics unlike any other A&P textbook.

Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists dives into “need-to-know” content for the safe and informed practice of manual therapy.

For example, the textbook covers only necessary content on DNA and chemistry but includes special topics such as theories of pain, in the chapter on the nervous system.

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Features a uniquely layered approach to chapter organization.

Unlike conventional A&P textbooks, Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists starts with the basics and then systematically adds more detailed information, helping students better grasp the functional links between various body systems.

For instance, the textbook introduces basic concepts and terminology of the nervous system first, saving details of the neuromuscular system for later when students are ready to make more meaningful and useful connections to manual therapy applications.

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Empowers students using the latest learning theories.

Both the textbook and its accompanying Study & Review Guide for Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Manual Therapists employ current learning theories to encourage a sense of curiosity and enjoyment in the learning process.

The study and review guide features a broad assortment of fun, engaging activities and exercises for students to complete on their own or with their peers: crossword puzzles, fill-in the blank exercises, quizzes, and much more.

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Written by leading experts in education with decades of manual therapy experience.

Co-authors Pat Archer, MS, AT ret, LMT, and Lisa Nelson, BA, AT/R, LMT are lifelong educators, licensed massage therapists, and school directors. Each is uniquely qualified to prepare students for effective clinical decision-making and possesses an instructor’s understanding of how to make A&P concepts both accessible and relevant to students’ future careers.