Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions

In response to popular demand, the second edition of Dr. Hendrickson’s book, Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions was released in September, 2009. It is now published in five languages and has become a required textbook for many advanced massage and manual therapy courses taught throughout the United States.

Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions succinctly and clearly describes the anatomy, kinesiology, function, dysfunction and injury of each region of the body. Each chapter then describes a system of clinically effective massage and manual therapy techniques developed specifically for orthopedic conditions. Hendrickson Method has been refined in thirty years of clinical practice and produces remarkable results, efficiently and effortlessly. This method shows a step-by-step protocol for both acute injury and chronic pain, as well as how to optimize musculoskeletal function.

Dr. Hendrickson book introduces a unique new method of soft tissue mobilization called wave mobilization®. Based on the internal energy healing of Tai Chi, this stroke is performed in gentle, rhythmic oscillations that mimic ocean waves and penetrate deep within the body, reducing or eliminating pain, dissolving adhesions, lengthening connective tissue, eliminating trigger points, improving range of motion in the joints, rehabilitating cartilage and discs, and helping to restore normal neurological function.

Highlights of the manual include:

  • A step-by-step approach to assessment and treatment to address every body region
  • Reference tables that detail muscle groups, insertions, actions and dysfunctions
  • Details on contraindications and guidelines for referrals to other health professionals
  • Instructions on ergonomic positioning for the therapist to work more effectively and effortlessly
  • Case studies
  • Review questions at the end of each section
  • References for further study

Download sample book pages in PDF format by clicking here.

Ordering the Book

Dr. Hendrickson’s book may be ordered through at the link below:
Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions


“As an educator and former instructor of an advanced clinical (medical/orthopedic) massage program, I tell manual therapists, if they are serious about clinical massage and achieving powerful, effective, consistent results, this text is a must-have.”
—Tedy O. Narvaez

“I have been using Thomas Hendrickson’s book now for over 5 years to teach remedial massage therapy to students. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wishes to become a remedial massage therapist.”
—Margaret Markus, Australia

“This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it.”
—Dana J. Lawrence D.C., National University of Health Sciences

Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions is my bible. The amount of information compiled into one source is astounding.”
—Fran Burgess, RN