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The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief Paperback – Aug 15 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 2 edition (Aug. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243750
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is...a well-organized, easy-to-use handbook that will indeed help sufferers of myofascial pain learn to treat themselves with effective self-massage techniques. The detail and clarity of the book's format will also make it invaluable to pain physicians who want to be able to teach their patients useful, simple strategies to manage soft tissue pain problems." --Joseph F. Audette, MD, instructor at Harvard Medical School and director of Outpatient Pain Services at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Medford, MA

About the Author

Now deceased,Clair Davies, NCTMB (Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork), specialized in trigger point massage for the treatment of pain. Mr. Davies's interest in massage began when he successfully self-treated a frozen shoulder with trigger point massage. Inspired by the experience, he began an intensive private study of trigger points and referred pain. He subsequently retired from a thriving piano service business to attend the Utah College of Massage Therapy where he trained as a professional massage therapist. From his home base in Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Davies traveled extensively with his daughter Amber, leading continuing education workshops for professionals on trigger point massage. Clair Davies died peacefully at home in 2006 of colon cancer.


Now deceased, foreword writerDavid G. Simons, MD, coauthored of Travell & Simons Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual


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I have been battling facial and TMJ pain for over eight years, and have sought the help of every kind of health care professional that I thought could possibly help relieve my nearly constant pain, all to no avail (GP, several dentists, orthodontists, a rheumatologist, a physiotherapist, and a maxillofacial surgeon). Finally, with the aid of this book, I am making steady progress in alleviating my suffering. It offers a simple, proven method for self-therapy by addressing a misunderstood and often-overlooked source of the great majority of chronic pain - trigger points that can develop in every muscle of the body. Beginning with the history of how the author came to write this book (and how he became a massage therapist because of his own chronic pain) & an explanation of the underlying theory of trigger points, the book presents a vast amount of information in a logical, clear & easily-understood manner with excellent illustrations that clarify the text. The author makes it clear that performing deep pressure massage of trigger points properly will hurt (and it does, sometimes a lot), but I have found that brief periods of medium to moderate pain are preferable to the torture of constant low-level chronic pain. A nasty old low back problem happened to return with a vengeance while I was early into the book, and I used its techniques to tackle it within a few days, killing the pain that even my chiropractor could not quell. (As explained in the book, a Theracane is necessary or at least recommended for massaging some areas, so I bought one for forty bucks - a good investment). In summary - the book is well worth the price, which is half of the cost of a single visit to my chiropractor. If my review can lead to even one other person using this book to find relief, I will consider the time spent writing it worthwhile.
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I discovered this book when I was searching for help after medication, massage, chiropractic, physical therapy and acupuncture all failed to help a shoulder injury. The results were spectacular, bordering on miraculous. Within days my pain was receding and my shoulder function was returning to normal. Even more astounding, a back injury that had caused me constant pain for close to 15 years went away entirely after a week of self-treatment.

Well-written, clearly illustrated, simple to understand and requiring no specialized equipment (I do my therapy with a $1 superball), this book is a must-have for anyone who has ever experienced frustration at the medical system's seeming inablility to deal with soft-tissue pain and injury.
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For those of you who are visual learners, this book is for you. It shows pictures of exact trigger point locations while explaining, in layman's terms, what is happening in your body and how self-treatment of these trigger points relieve pain. A wonderful book for anyone who is looking for pain relief.
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I've suffered from frequently significant (sometimes nearly incapacitating) upper-back, low-back, and shoulder pain since the late 1990s, which worsened after a weightlifting accident in 2003. On occasion, the pain has been such that my wife would have to take my hand to help pull me upright so I could get out I bed. Yoga, therapeutic massage, and craniosacral work all provided me with some brief relief; doctors were unable to reliably diagnose the source of the pain or recommend treatment.

I read a reference to trigger-point therapy recently, and within a few days of receiving this book, I was able to find the points responsible for the majority of my pain. I feel better than I have in years. The book is well and concisely-written, clearly illustrated, and sensible. I'm not guaranteeing it's going to fix everything that hurts, but it sure has done wonders for me.
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I consider this book to be a useful self-help tool for treating trigger points, or irritable spots in the muscle. It has many, many pictures which help guide the reader to common places in the muscles where these things are at. From there, you can use a ball, massage them with your fingers, or even use this tool called a Thera-Cane to get to those hard to reach places.

All in all a handy book for treating trigger points, another good lesson here is that sometimes muscle trigger points can mimick more serious ailments, when the problem is really just in the muscle. Also recommend The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution if you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain.
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This is an amazing book. It is well organized and is easy to read. The diagrams show the locations of trigger points AND the location of the referred pain associated with that particular trigger point. That is the key. The pain does not always present where the affected muscle is situated. Who knew that lower back pain can be reduced by applying pressure to the soleus muscles located in the back of the lower leg, just above the Achilles tendon??? Or that sinuses will drain and certain headaches can be reduced following targeted pressure on certain trigger points in the back of the neck and shoulders?
Trigger point therapy works. Yesterday I experienced almost an immediate reduction in pain and a significant improvement in my arm mobility after applying 10-20 seconds of focused pressure on a specific trigger point in my upper arm. I am repeating that 10-20 seconds of pressure 4-6 times today and my arm almost feels "normal" again. This is after 4 months of constant upper arm pain that was diagnosed as "chronic tendonitis" that was not relieved by any medications or cold therapy.
This book will help you help yourself and you will learn so much about your own body, how it works.... and how it tries to tell us when things aren't quite right.
This book deserves to be in everyone's library, but don't just display it on the shelf. Read it and regularly refer back to it to locate and reduce muscular and joint pain in your body, and help alleviate pain and discomfort for your family and loved ones.
I've already ordered my second copy of this book to give away as a gift.
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