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MAS 110 - Musculoskeletal Palpation for Massage Therapy


Credits: 3
2 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: Admission into MAS Program.

 
Description
In this course students explore the musculoskeletal system in greater detail. Anatomical and directional terminologies are discussed.  Students distinguish various actions of the joints of the body and identify bones and bony landmarks of the upper body, lower body and torso. Students incorporate muscle palpation as a direct approach to understanding the origin, insertion and action of the muscles of the upper body, lower body and torso. The relationship of myofascial tissue quality to movement, posture, pain and dysfunction is explored. This course requires a per credit health career fee; Check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.


Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Decribe the importance of palpation skills as a massage therapist.
  2. Define anatomical and directional terminologies.
  3. Contrast concentric, eccentric and isometric muscle contractions.
  4. Differentiate specific body structures through touch using a variety of “tools” (i.e. hand, fingers, palm, etc).
  5. Analyze the individual bones of the body in relationship to the attachment points and movements of muscles.
  6. Palpate bones, bony landmarks and muscles of the upper body, lower body and torso.
  7. Identify on a diagram and client the origin, insertion and actions of the muscles of the upper body, lower body and torso.
  8. Describe the impact of soft tissue quality on movement, posture and pain.
Listed Topics
  1. Anatomical and directional terminology
  2. Movements of the body
  3. Palpable qualities of different tissue states (healthy, hypertonic, edematous, etc.)
  4. Bones and muscles of the head, neck and face
  5. Bones and muscles of the shoulder and arm
  6. Bones and muscles of the forearm, wrist and hand
  7. Bones and muscles of the spine and trunk
  8. Bones and muscles of the pelvis, hip and thigh
  9. Bones and muscles of the lower leg, ankle and foot
Reference Materials
Textbooks/materials as required by instructor.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 04/11/2019


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