Recommended reading list to help with your anatomy and physiology e-course

Published on 21st September 2018

In order to be able to follow the films and complete the exercises in the anatomy and physiology course, you will need a good anatomy and physiology text book. We recommend any of the following and have provided a description of each book as provided by Amazon.

Trail Guide to the Body: How to Locate Muscles, Bones and More! – Andrew Biel – 3rd Revised Edition. Books of Discover. ISBN: 0-9658535-5-4.

This is available on Amazon

Before you can assess or treat a muscle you must first be able to locate it on the body. This acclaimed book is designed as a hands-on tour to teach you to palpate the body's structures with ease and precision. With 420 pages and 1,100 illustrations covering 144 muscles, 206 bones, 30 ligaments and 110 bony landmarks, this text provides an invaluable map of the body. Whether you are a massage therapist, physical therapist, sports trainer or student in any bodywork modality, Trail Guide to the Body is for you!


Anatomy and Physiology – Therapy Basics, by Helen McGuiness – 4th edition. Publisher Hodder Arnold ISBN: 9780340908082 available at Waterstones bookshops or via 

This edition, written by a well-known expert in the field and known for the breadth and depth of knowledge it provides, is in line with all the latest specifications for all major awarding bodies of beauty therapy, complementary therapy and specialist diploma courses from Levels 1-3. It also provides a clear introduction to anatomy and physiology for students of complementary health, as well as essential knowledge for the Diploma in Hair and Beauty Studies.

- Support understanding of complex structures and processes with illustrations, excellent reference material, lists of key words, clear learning objectives, chapter summaries and multiple-choice questions throughout

- Relate theoretical knowledge to the real world with contextual links throughout 

- Use the accompanying student website which includes answers, interactive drag-and-drop labelling activities, multiple-choice questions and key-words activities


The Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarmey – ISBN: 1556434669 Available on Amazon here 

CONTAINS A FULL-BODY MUSCLE POSTER This newly revised fourth edition of The Concise Book of Muscles is a comprehensive guide to the major muscle groups. Fully illustrated with more than 500 drawings, and easy to use, this compact reference provides a complete profile for each muscle, clearly showing its origin, insertion, nerve supply, and action, the movements that use it, and, where appropriate, exercises that stretch and strengthen it. The book's distinctive quick-reference format shows students exactly how to locate and identify specific muscles, highlighting those that are heavily used and therefore subject to injury in a variety of sports and activities. Each muscle chapter now includes an overview of the gross anatomy of the body area, to show bony landmarks, cross-sections of muscle layers, and points of attachment, as well as a quick reference and an overview of the nerve pathways that are most relevant. The book also It includes a new chapter on the pelvic floor muscles, which are of particular interest to those studying or practicing yoga and Pilates. While designed for the student and beginning practitioner of anatomy, massage, bodywork, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, physiotherapy, yoga, and Pilates or any other health-related field, The Concise Book of Muscles is equally useful for athletes and anyone interested in the workings of the human body.


ITEC textbook An Introductory Guide to Anatomy & Physiology by Louise Tucker 

Available on Amazon here 

This popular and trusted reference provides a solid introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body. An essential resource for all those working in beauty therapy, complementary therapy, sports therapy, nursing and paramedicine, this includes: New sections on the eye, ear, teeth and hair Re-designed page layouts for even greater clarity and ease of use Exam-focused learning objectives Free multi-media resources Written in a clear, straightforward style with colour illustrations supporting the text, An Introductory Guide to Anatomy & Physiology is detailed, simple to use and easy to understand: an invaluable purchase for students and professionals alike.


In addition the following books make useful reading

Illustrated Medical Dictionary. The British Medical Association (2002) – Dorling Kindersley. ISBN: 0751333832

Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Medicine & Surgery. 38th Edition. Gray, H et al (1995) – Churchill Livingstone. ISBN: 0805350861

Atlas of Skeletal Muscles. 4th Edition – Stone, R J & stone JA (2003) McGraw Hill Higher Education. ISBN: 0071199012


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