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Advanced Anatomy for Professionals

18 CE Hours - E409
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Advanced Anatomy for Professionals

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  • Text (2) - 492 pages
  • Text (1) - 71 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
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Advanced Anatomy for Professionals provides learning tools to use in evaluating your current knowledge of anatomy or for upgrading what you learned in massage school. The primary course text delves into an exploration of the skin and fascia, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, arteries and lymph nodes, and you'll practice valuable hands-on exercises for palpating the muscles and bony structures of the human body.

A student favorite, the supplemental course text includes transparent overlays of the body systems, organs and structures giving you the opportunity to independently test your knowledge.

With detailed illustrations, these essential materials will expand your knowledge and demonstrate how to locate and explore the body's structures manually.

Course Objectives

  • Identify palpation techniques for bones and muscles; Identify physical characteristics of structures and tissues in the body.
  • Identify anatomical planes of movement. Distinguish between terms of position and direction.. Explain the terms of movements of the body. Distinguish between the axial and appendicular skeleton. Classify the different joints in the body. Distinguish between the origin and insertion points for muscles onto bones. Differentiate lymphatic system structures from cardiovascular and nervous system structures.
  • Name the bony landmarks of the scapula, humerus, and clavicle. Differentiate between the acromioclavicular and the sternoclavcular joints. Identify fibers and movements of the deltoid. Locate the origin of the trapezius muscle.
  • Differentiate between the action of teres major and teres minor. Identify actions of the levator scapula. Name and give the function of the rotator cuff muscles. Explain origin of neurovascular compression
  • Classify the joints in the hand and the elbow. Distinguish carpel tubercles that are attachment sites for flexor retinaculum. Determine action of muscles for palpation in the hand. Distinguish between flexors and extensors of the forearm. Identify ligaments connecting to the humerus.
  • Differentiate types of vertebrae of the vertebral column and their structure. Identify abnormal curvatures of the spine. Describe the ribs and costal cartilage. Identify muscles of the upper head and neck and their respective actions. Identify muscles of the lower spine and their actions. Identify muscles of the abdomen and their actions. List procedure for palpating the abdominal aorta.
  • Name and locate the cranial bones and muscles. Describe the joint structure of the cranial bones. Locate the carotid artery. Assess the Scalenes through palpation. Specify the location of the suprahyoids.
  • Identify the joint structure of the hip. Name and locate the bony structures of the pelvis and femur. Name and locate the muscles of the pelvis. Identify actions of the quadriceps femoris muscle group. Identify actions of the gluteals. Locate the adductor muscles. Name the longest muscle in the body. Locate the piriformis. Determine the action of the psoas. Locate the femoral triangle and sacrotuberous ligament.
  • Name muscle attachments on the patella. Locate the site of the pes anserinus tendon. Name the ankle joint. Identify bones in the leg, foot and ankle. Determine names and actions of muscles in the leg and foot. Delineate palpation technique for the extensors of the foot. Explain the function of the flexor retinaculum. Locate the posterior tibial artery and palpate.

Course Reviews

Susan Parks, LMT, NCTMB

This is the best anatomy book I have ever studied. Learned more in the hours spent reading this book, than all of massage school. Love the way the information is presented. Breaking things down by body sections made it all more tied together, rather than learning all bones...all muscles....all nerves...etc. Loved, loved, loved this book. Presentation brought it all together for me. Had quite a few moments of "Oh. I get that now!" Palpating each muscle, tendon and artery really brought it all home. Much easier to understand and remember, than only reading and memorizing from diagrams. Thank you!

K. Ralph, LMT

I really liked how this course included lots of "trivia"! That to me made it very interesting. This course covered a lot of material however, it was very organized. You guys are great! This course will be a great reference guide!

M. Knapke, LMT, ABMP

...far exceeded my initial training in anatomy so many years ago. Materials are presented in a way that engages the practitioner on many levels, which enhances learning.

R. Shannon, LMT

I love the materials that were included. Trail Guide to the Body and Rapid Review are wonderful books. Great update to my library. Step-by-step course instructions gave me the insight that the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies are true professionals. Thank you!

Judith Rivet, RMT

I was impressed with the clarity of the diagrams. The different views helped to drive home the proper muscle attachments. Being a visual learner this was a great asset. I have not done an anatomy review as through as this in many years so it definitely was a good refresher.

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Michelle Green, LMT

Ralph Napolitano, LMT

Ralph Napolitano, LMT

Original founder of the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies, Ralph graduated from The Swedish Institute, New York in 1981. A New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, Ralph was also the associate producer and host of the Holistic Health and Wellness and Natural Wellness programs in White Plains, NY, the creator of the Loving Pregnancy Massage video and author of the Healing Energy & Touch course manual.

Ralph has also authored and co-authored additional courses with the Institute including Developing a Wellness Center, Prenatal Massage Fundamentals, Infectious Disease: HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease: Hepatitis, Medical Errors, Ethics: Therapeutic Relationships, Advanced Anatomy & Physiology, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Ethics: Practice Management.

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