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There are hundreds of study questions and many charts in this new edition. Listed in this section are the first 200 questions in the new Edition. FREE! You can begin to study these while waiting for your new 2016 edition to arrive in the mail.

New questions:

1.       What is Anatomy?     A study of the structure of the body.

2.       What is Physiology?   A study of the functions of the body.

3.       Name and locate the vital force which controls all body functions.

The brain is the vital force which controls all the body functions.

4.       Name the upper and lower extremities.

Upper:  shoulders, arms, forearms and hands
Lower:  thighs, legs, and feet

5.       Cartilage is from what kind of tissue?  Connective tissue

6.       Name the three fundamental movements of Swedish massage.

          Effleurage, Tapotement, and Petrissage

7.       What movement is always used in general body massage?


8.       Briefly discuss the therapeutic effects of Effleurage.

Helps in cases of fatigue and insomnia, reduces swelling and congestion, helps in cases of sprains, and power to stimulate circulation.

9.       What type of massage is especially useful in insomnia?


10.     Should massage ever cause the client discomfort?


11.     Name the four general classifications of bones and give one example of each.

Long      =     Femur
Short     =     carpals / tarsals
Irregular =     Vertebrae
Flat      =     Scapula

12.     Name at least three important functions of the skeleton.

Protection of organs, acts as framework for the body's means of locomotion, and source for attachment of muscles

13.     How many named bones are found in an adult skeleton?


14.     What is periosteum and what are the functions of periosteum?

Periosteum is the fibrous membrane that covers practically all bones in the body, acting both as a means of blood supply for the bones, and an attachment for many of the muscles of the body.

15.     What vital force activates all muscle function in TCM [Traditional Chinese Medicine]?


16.     Briefly describe Petrissage manipulation.

Use a kneading motion by grasping your client’s skin with your hands and intermittent compression against the underlying bony surface.  The purpose is for stimulating underlying tissue and muscles.  Pressure should always be applied in an upward direction and always in line with the bone.  You don't twist the muscles.

17.     How does Petrissage differ from Effleurage?

Effleurage does not aim to move or manipulate tissues or muscles like petrissage does; Effleurage is to soothe and relax muscles and improve circulation.
18.     Which of the above, petrissage or effleurage is most stimulating to the tissues? 

19.     Why is petrissage valuable in the after treatment of fractures?

It draws additional nutrition to the area primarily and gives the maximum effect in emptying and refilling the blood vessels and lymph spaces and channels.

20.     Name and briefly describe the three types of muscle found in the body?

Voluntary muscles (Striated or cross striped) are skeletal muscles and are found attached to bones

Involuntary muscles ( non-striated or smooth) are found in the walls of blood vessels in the alimentary, genital and urinary systems, and control the movements of the stomach and intestines.

Cardiac Muscles are intermediate in character between the voluntary and involuntary.  The cardiac muscles are associated with the pumping action of the heart.

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