Healing through Trigger Point Therapy: A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction Paperback – Aug 27 2013
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“The hallmark of this book is the ‘Gallery’ which contains detailed discussions of selected muscles throughout the body. The reader will find detailed medical information about the function of each muscle complete with medical illustrations of the highest quality. … [This book] not only serves as a textbook and valuable reference, but also an eye-opener for those who have struggled with chronic pain and other symptoms that have until now eluded diagnosis and effective treatment!”
“The book is written in a way that is approachable to patients and those who do not have a background in health care. Detailed illustrations help to facilitate a deeper understanding of complex patterns of pain referral and also demonstrate location of muscles. …. This text is a great resource for patients with trigger points, fibromyalgia, and chronic myofascial pain, and can be a great tool for making the patient an active participant in their care. In addition to being a resource for patients, this book would be a great addition to any student’s or clinician’s library and would go a long way toward facilitating more successful outcomes with patients in this population.”
—Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
About the Author
DEVIN J. STARLANYL has published over 100 articles on fibromyalgia and myofascial pain in national and international medical journals and is the coauthor of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain and author of The Fibromyalgia Advocate. JOHN SHARKEY, MSc, is a physiologist, anatomist, neuromuscular therapist, and the author of The Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy. The author lives in West Chesterfield, NH/Dublin, Ireland.
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By reading the first 50 pages, you will know more about myofascial pain than most healthcare providers. If you are a healthcare provider, reading this book is a MUST. Most every "unexplained pain complaint" is described and solutions are given. Very few people "make up" pain, it is real, the problem is that a good deal of pain is referred pain from these Myofascial Trigger Points and to eliminate the pain, they must be found and treated properly.
This book can satisfy the "just show me the pictures" type of learner and the "explain every detail" type too! Do yourself a favor and read the chapters explaining what Myofascial Pain is, why it is there, what happens when you treat the trigger points and how to keep them from coming back! Do this and THEN go to the pages with the pictures of your pain!
Devin has done a superb job of writing a guide for the person with pain, the family and friends of someone in pain, the body workers who deal with pain and the medical professionals that see these people every day! You, your family member, your friend, your client or patient is not crazy or making this stuff up! Help everyone involved by using this book or/and helping them to find a professional that is well trained in the treatment of the cause!
Of particular interest to the reader, is the author's use of different scenarios to explain what it is like to live with CMP (also known as myofascial pain syndrome, MPS). They explain the importance of identifying perpetuating factors. Some factors can be addressed by life-style changes; however, there are those that cannot, such as anatomical deformity. Starlanyl and Sharkey offer extensive information on perpetuating factors responsible for development and sustenance of TrPs that cause chronic myofascial pain, but they don't leave you there; they offer solutions to every possible perpetuating factor.
There is great deal of confusion between fibromyalgia (FM) and CMP. Starlanyl and Sharkey clear up the confusion by explaining that FM is the centralization (amplification) of pain, which is perpetuated by untended trigger points. As the authors clearly state, if a healthcare professional doesn't understand that CMP can mimic the symptoms of FM, patients are frequently misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia. On the other hand, they also know that the two, FM and CMP can, and often do, cohabitate, but most doctors, medical students, and other healthcare providers do not understand this or the appropriate and different treatments. One only has to study the comprehensive muscle review and graphics that show exactly how TrPs create symptoms throughout the body. The visual aids by illustrator Amanda Williams are amazing.
According to Starlanyl and Sharkey there are two stages to chronic myofascial pain (CMP). As someone who studies this, writes about this, and lives with this, I can say the authors have given a great explanation between the two and every provider who treats a patient with chronic pain should understand the key factors in both stages.
The scenarios offered and the presentation of the material connects the reader on a personal level and they are particularly important if the reader is a physician or medical student, because understanding how CMP affects one's life and livelihood is of extreme significance. Every patient that experiences chronic pain should have access to this information. I urge patient readers to share this book with their healthcare provider because education is power and patient empowerment creates the same ripple effect of a stone that skips across a body of water, just like TrPs, there is no end to the effect it can have.
An important part of it is getting you focused on what to do next. If all your muscles have numerous triggerpoints and you have FM amplifying the pain and dyesthesias from TPs gone wild you can't just 'treat all of them', you have to focus on the most important problems and do the 4 most effective things each day. Devin helps you figure out what those are and guides you to treat them in an orderly manner.
I've barely gone deep into the book on a few muscle groups, but this is the primary TP resource for me today. Clair Davies book was transformative to the newbie in treating TPs, but this book will take you to the next level in sorting out your complex CMP patterns.
Devin Starlanyl GETS IT! because she is a patient and knows all the crap we have to deal with just to be taken seriously. A major leap from the last book and much more useful. Somethings are not fully explained- but there is more than enough to satisfy all.
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