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The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief [Paperback]

Clair Davies NCTMB , Amber Davies NCTMB
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Aug. 15 2004 Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief
This is the only self-help book designed to help the layperson to treat themselves for painful trigger points with massage. Trigger point therapy is one of the most intriguing and fastest-growing bodywork styles in the world. Medical doctors, chiropractors, and alternative health practitioners are all beginning to use this technique to relieve the pain of individuals suffering from undiagnosable soft tissue pain-a condition that studies have shown to be the cause of nearly 25 percent of all doctor visits. The technique involves applying a gentle, sweeping stroke to trigger points, places in muscle or connective tissue where a lack of oxygen causes swelling. These points are easily located by general readers and create pain throughout the body in predictable patterns characteristic to each muscle, producing discomfort ranging from mild to severe. The stimulation of the point causes an increase in the oxygen level in the area and often produces instant relief.

The first edition of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook has made a huge impact in the use of this dynamic technique. This is the first major revision of the overnight classic, a complete update that includes new information specifically for massage professionals as well as a detailed discussion of progressive muscle relaxation techniques that can reinforce the therapeutic power of trigger point work.

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"I have personally benefited from the therapeutic effects of trigger point massage and I believe it deserves official recognition in the medical world. I hope physicians will study these self-treatment techniques and recommend them to their patients." --Rose Marie Hackett, DO, osteopathic physician and radiologist

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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Visuals Ever Oct. 5 2009
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good self-help tool. Sept. 19 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A definite BUY Sept. 28 2006
By Abel A.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good May 13 2010
By M. Li
The book is pretty good, and covers all the muscles in the body. However, it primarily only cites two books as a reference. It would be nicer to see more research done on this topic. As well, it does make it appear trigger points cause most pain in a person, regardless of what kind of health issues they may have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book Jan. 30 2012
This book was very helpful treating my sciatic problem. I had tried chiropractors, massage, and physio. They helped a bit but did not solve my problem. After a few weeks of trying trigger point therapy my problem is almost gone. =)
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nice pictures to let you know where it hurts and where you have to place pressure. explains what happens, the names of muscles too. great addition to my collection of books of Healing. I use it in my practice of massage therapy and give the tricks to my customers.
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Published 8 days ago by Louis-Paul Lavoie
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to anyone wishing to emprove their life
An excellent book, easy to understand. Lots of useful diagrams. I only received it a couple of weeks ago and already it has helped lessen the pain in several sore areas that have... Read more
Published 12 months ago by guiness
4.0 out of 5 stars A must book
I have been using the Thera-Cane for years to alleviate neck and shoulder pain, pressing on specific trigger points, so I had some theory in the background of trigger points. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lucie Martineau
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a book
Did not find this book very helpful. Was not really what I was looking for.
It was kind of an impulse buy, I am sure it would be liked by others but was not a help to me.
Published 12 months ago by Wendy Filipozzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this really works!!
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... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
If you want to know everything about triggerpoints, that's the book. You can find all the information about any part of the body. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nicolas Bony
5.0 out of 5 stars Very effective!
This is a really great self treatment book. It is very easy to use and very effective for pain relief. Read more
Published 23 months ago by G Leduc
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional resource.
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... Read more
Published on May 11 2012 by A+
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book.
This is a great book. I also bought a theracane. It has helped me a great deal through headaches. I definatly reccommend it to others.
Published on Dec 20 2011 by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, Second Edition: Your...
Excellent resource. I have been using this book for several years now. Most people i know ask me to look up their trigger points in the book to deal with their chronic pain. Read more
Published on March 21 2011 by Belinda Kissack
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