Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches & Migraines


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 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.

Trigger points form in a portion of the muscle cell where blood flow is reduced and metabolic wastes are not being exchanged for oxygen and nutrients. When enough trigger points are located together, they can form palpable knots in the tissue. Trigger points can cause pain, either in the area of the trigger point, or by referral to other areas of the body. Trigger points can be treated by applying pressure to affected areas, often providing instant relief. Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines explains trigger point theory and then offers a complete program for self care that includes clear illustrations of all techniques.

Key Features:
Black and white photos with overlays of common trigger point referral patterns for headaches, migraines, and TMJ pain (example at right)
A list of common symptoms for each muscle’s trigger points
Causes of trigger points for each muscle
Images guiding trigger point therapy self-help techniques and stretches
Helpful hints for treating trigger points
Cross-referencing to associated muscles that may contain trigger points
Other possible Western medical diagnoses

Book Contents
Foreword –
Introduction –
Part 1: Trigger Points, Headaches, and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Chapter 1: What Are Trigger Points? –
Chapter 2: Treating Trigger Points
Chapter 3: Headaches and Migraines –
Chapter 4: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction
Part 2: What Causes Trigger Points and Keeps the Going – Perpetuating Factors
Chapter 5: Body Mechanics
Chapter 6: Diet
Chapter 7: Other Perpetuating Factors
Part 3: Trigger Point Self-Help Techniques
Chapter 8: General Guidelines for Self-Help Techniques
Chapter 9: Which Muscles Are Causing the Pain?
Chapter 10: Trapezius
Chapter 11: Posterior Neck Muscles
Chapter 12: Sternocleidomastoid
Chapter 13: Temporalis
Chapter 14: Facial and Scalp Muscles
Chapter 15: Masseter
Chapter 16: Lateral Pterygoid
Chapter 17: Medial Pterygoid
Chapter 18: Digastric
Appendix A: A Word About Fibromyalgia
Appendix B: A Special Note to Therapists Teaching Self-Help Techniques


“Valerie DeLaune’s Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines delivers highly effective, safe, and easy-to-learn self-care techniques that will help the reader ease pain and improve body function. I can therefore confidently recommend this book to anyone who suffers from stubborn head, neck, shoulder, or back pain and dysfunction.” —Bernard L. Gladieux, Jr., president of The Pressure Positive Company

“This book is a great resource for any type of practitioner treating headache and TMJ syndromes.” – Dr. Steven Lavitan, D.C., L.Ac

About the Author

Valerie DeLaune, L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist and certified neuromuscular therapist, with a master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington. She holds professional certificates from the Heartwood Institute and the Brenneke School of Massage. She authors books and articles on trigger points and acupuncture topics and currently practices acupuncture in Juneau, AK.