Archive for Palpation Tips

Defining Mastery of Palpation

Palpation Tips on November 24th, 2010 No Comments

A common definition of Mastery is: The full command – great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity and the definition of palpation is: To examine or explore by touching something to determine the state or condition of a specific tissue. So Mastery of Palpation is: The full command – great skillfulness and knowledge […]

Palpatory Anatomy As A Stand Alone Component of Curriculum

Palpation Tips on November 18th, 2010 No Comments

How important is the skill of palpation in basic training programs for manual and massage therapy?? I believe that skilled palpation is the foundation and cornerstone for effective technique application and treatment outcomes. Knowledge of the musculoskeletal system is imperative when trying to accurately assess and work with common orthopedic and sports injuries. Interestingly enough, […]

The Importance of Palpatory Anatomy

Palpation Tips on October 25th, 2010 No Comments

I’ve been thinking alot about the importance of Palpatory Anatomy as it relates to any practitioner who is involved in healthcare and fitness. The human body is a vehicle in which we all drive around in and perform our daily routines from. We dont really appreciate all the unique features and functions of the body […]

Palpation Tips for Latissimus Dorsi, Teres Major, Teres Minor & Deltoid

Palpation Tips on October 24th, 2010 No Comments

Here is a simple way to access the Latissimus Dorsi – find the inferior angle of the scapula and move lateral a couple of inches. Using a pincer palpation technique pick up the central belly of the Latissimus Dorsi, if you move superiorly you will find the Teres Major which is aligned at about a […]

Palpation Tips For The Sternocleidomastoid

Palpation Tips on October 15th, 2010 No Comments

I am not sure why  popular textbooks and most instructors teach the approach commonly used to palpate and treat the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM). Here is a clinical tip that will ensure better success in actually accessing the deep belly of the SCM. The client is position supine and the practitioner is seated – with one hand […]