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


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 2 edition (Aug. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243750
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 28 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Daniels on Oct. 5 2009
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pain free and happy on July 8 2006
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By a reader on Sept. 19 2008
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By canadian_smellycat on July 29 2008
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Fellow readers, two words for you: BUY IT.

I'm a geek by trade. Although (mostly) retired now, I still do spend a lot of time at the computer. My posture was never perfect and ergonomics were not my strong suit either.
Over the years I have developed a multitude of "painful places" as I call them, lower back issues, shoulder pain, neck pain and the good ol' carpal tunnel syndrome as well.

I have gone to many massage therapy sessions, have been prescribed powerful NSAIDs and painkillers, have even done Qigong, acupuncture, acupressure, and various exercises. Although I have had some temporary pain relief, none of these approaches created a lasting, pain-free body.

Having basically nothing to lose, I have bought this book and, boy, am I glad I did! I've read the portion covering the carpal tunnel syndrome, borrowed a rubber ball from my dog, and went to work on these trigger points. That night, for the first time in many years I have had a good night's sleep and did not wake up with excruciating arm pain and numb fingers! I have been massaging these trigger points for about 5 minutes, once a day, and the carpal tunnel problem has not bothered me since.
I have also started "treating" other trigger points' locations and the results are pretty amazing.

This book addresses the root causes of many common body aches and pains that plague millions of people every day. In this book I found answers that doctors were not giving me (I guess it's more profitable to just write a prescription that teach the patient a little self-help technique).
I am a living, breathing, and now almost pain-free proof that this book is well worth investing in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Canadian on Jan. 1 2013
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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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