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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: 27.7 x 21.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,250 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

Clair Davies, NCTMB, authored The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook and was member of the American Massage Therapy Association and a graduate of the Utah College of Massage Therapy. He lead workshops and seminars on the self-treatment and clinical treatment of pain using trigger point massage throughout his career.

David G. Simons, MD, is coauthor of Travell & Simons Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual

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4 of 4 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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9 of 10 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A+ on May 11 2012
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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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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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By Abel A. on Sept. 28 2006
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This book offers a lot of hope and help for suffering people. With the cost of insurance and medication on a constant rise this self-help approach is especially useful for the average Joe and Mary with low or moderate budgets. The book is well written and is easily understood not only by medical professionals by also by laypeople with no medical background. It's description of the muscles and the mechanism involved in the creation of unexplained boby pain is outstanding. This is an excellent book that does a very good job of helping you get rid of pain. I highly recommend the book to everybody whether you have pain or not. Another great books that I recommend are "Cure the Incurable" and "Health trough God's Pharmacy". If you rather read some passages without buying a book I suggest to Google "Cure the Incurable". You will come to the website StartHealthyLife which offers some Free E-books on many health topics.
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