Trigger Points

Trigger point is a "highly irritable localized spot of exquisite tenderness in a nodule of palpable taut band of muscle tissue" (Travell & Simons, 1997). Myofascial trigger point can create referred pain. Read about Trigger points & fascia


216 pages, Full colour illustrations


Simeon Niel-Asher ,  The Concise Book of Trigger Points, 2nd Edition

Most muscular aches and pains are caused or affected by untreated “trigger points,” localized tender spots in muscles. Understanding and treating these points can lead to rapid and lasting pain relief. Trigger point therapy is a powerful tool in the management of both acute and chronic pain, including such common problems as headaches, TMJ syndrome, and back pain.

Written in a straightforward style, The Concise Book of Trigger Points is designed for the student and practitioner of massage/bodywork, physical therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports therapy, and any other health-related field. It functions both as an entry-level textbook and an authoritative reference for even the most experienced therapist. The first four chapters describe the physiology of trigger points and the general methods of treatment. The following six chapters are organized by muscle groups; each two-page spread features detailed color illustrations of each major skeletal muscle, accompanied by an explanation of each muscle’s origin, insertion, action, and function. The physiological implications of the trigger points in each muscle are discussed, along with treatment techniques. This edition contains updated text and a self-help section addressing common pain complaints, including headache, neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain, and TMJ syndrome.

Niel-Asher has been involved in lecturing, writing, researching, and promoting osteopathy worldwide. He has been a clinical tutor at the College of Osteopaths in Hertfordshire, England, and a visiting lecturer at several colleges in the Middle East. He runs two successful private clinics in London, and has designed a training course, and produced books on the treatment of frozen shoulder syndrome.

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Clair Davies, Amber Davies

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment for Pain Relief

This workbook is regarded as a classic in its field, and was the first book to introduce trigger point therapy to the general public as a self-care tool for alleviating chronic pain caused by a variety of conditions, including arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, muscle ache, and repetitive strain injuries. As the author makes clear, all such conditions are related to lack of oxygen in exhausted or injured muscle tissue. Trigger point therapy has been used for decades by doctors, pain specialists, and massage therapists to quickly stimulate the flow of oxygen and promote rapid pain reduction. This book makes the same techniques available to the general public with instructions that are easy to follow, and abetted by an extensive collection of charts and corresponding illustrations.

"I have long been a believer and practitioner of trigger point therapy. I certainly recommend this book to the general public and health care practitioners. It is truly an excellent resource and provides the tools that induce self-healing and empowerment." --BERNIE S. SIEGEL, M.D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Prescriptions for Living

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Clair Davies,  The Frozen Shoulder Workbook

Author Clair Davies’s success in treating his own frozen shoulder led him to undertake an extensive study of trigger points and referred pain that eventually resulted in his runaway best-seller, The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. Now this renowned bodywork expert and educator revisits the subject of frozen shoulder, offering the most detailed and comprehensive manual yet available about this painful and debilitating condition —a useful resource for self-care and for bodywork practitioners looking to expand their treatment repertoire. 

Frozen shoulder, the syndrome name for several muscle, joint, and tendon-related symptoms, is experienced as pain and a loss of motion in the shoulder and upper arm. Frozen shoulder is most often observed in women between the ages of forty and sixty and in individuals with type-two diabetes, although a man or woman of any age may be afflicted. Traditional medical treatments for frozen shoulder, which rely on painkillers, steroid injections, surgery, manipulation under anesthesia, and physical therapy, often do little to moderate symptoms or speed recovery.

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Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches & Migraines - Your Self -Treatment Workbook for Pain Relief By Valerie DeLaune

"I have such a bad headache!" For many of us, this is an oft-repeated cry of anguish. Statistics about headaches and migraines are so far-reaching: One in six people have chronic headache pain, and one in ten also suffer from migraines, a specific type of headache. Headaches and migraines result in more than 10 million doctor visits each year. This book is welcome relief to the millions who struggle daily with headache. It develops trigger point therapy into an effective self-care approach for relief from headache pain.

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Trigger Point Therapy for Low Back and Hip Pain - A Self-Treatment Workbook

Sharon Sauer CMTPT, LMT, Mary Biancalana CMTPT

Working closely with trigger point pioneers Janet Travell and David Simons, Sharon Sauer developed a range of trigger point therapy treatment protocols for many areas of the body. This book presents her protocols for lumbar, buttock, and ilio-sacral pain. These gentle techniques are easy to learn and administer at home. They include compression, stretching, and range of motion exercises for the muscles that refer pain to the lower back and hip areas. The book includes an overview of myofascial trigger point therapy, describing the basic process of treatment. It also includes an index of all pain and dysfunction symptoms pertaining to the hip and lower back, including pain, numbness, weakness, or restricted range of motion in specific areas, which will enable readers to find the muscles most likely to be the cause of the specific symptoms presented. Although the book is geared for readers wishing to use the techniques for self-care, one chapter details how health care professionals can add these techniques to their practices.

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The Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy by John Sharkey

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is an innovative healing approach that combines the best soft tissue manipulation techniques of osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, trigger point therapy, and other fields. NMT uses massage techniques and flexibility stretching to balance the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and eliminate the causes of neuromuscular pain. The therapy consists of using the fingers, knuckles, or elbow to apply alternating levels of pressure, which relax the affected muscles and increase circulation. This treatment enhances muscle and joint function, and can be combined with other modalities as part of a comprehensive program.

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Softcover 170 pages + DVD-ROM

Leon Chaitow, ND, DO and Sandy Fritz, MS, NCTMB

A Massage Therapist's Guide to Understanding, Locating and Treating Myofascial Trigger Points

This guide offers an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, evidence-based explanation of myofascial trigger points. Information is presented in a simple format, with short explanatory paragraphs, bullet-point summaries, numerous line drawings and photographs, key concepts boxes in each chapter, and a full glossary. The book is supported by a DVD-ROM which contains video clips demonstrating the palpation and treatment methods described within the text.

  • Abundant illustrations and photos.
  • Easy reference, with simple language.
  • Key Concepts boxes in each chapter.
  • Companion DVD-ROM with videos demonstrating palpation and treatment methods.

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