Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief

Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief

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By (author) Clair Davies

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  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 279mm x 20mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 19 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oakland, CA
  • ISBN 10: 1608824942
  • ISBN 13: 9781608824946
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd ed.
  • Sales rank: 5,271

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Trigger point therapy is one of the fastest-growing and most effective pain therapies in the world. Medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists are all beginning to use this technique to relieve patients' formerly undiagnosable muscle and joint pain, both conditions that studies have shown to be the cause of nearly 25 percent of all doctor visits. This book addresses the problem of myofascial trigger points-tiny contraction knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked. Restricted circulation and lack of oxygen in these points cause referred pain. Massage of the trigger is the safest, most natural, and most effective form of pain therapy. Trigger points create pain throughout the body in predictable patterns characteristic to each muscle, producing discomfort ranging from mild to severe. Trigger point massage increases circulation and oxygenation in the area and often produces instant relief. The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, Third Edition, has made a huge impact among health professionals and the public alike, becoming an overnight classic in the field of pain relief. This edition includes a new chapter by the now deceased author, Clair Davies' daughter, Amber Davies, who is passionate about continuing her father's legacy. The new edition also includes postural assessments and muscle tests, an illustrated index of symptoms, and clinical technique drawings and descriptions to assist both practitioners and regular readers in assessing and treating trigger points.

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Now deceased, Davies 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 become a professional massage therapist.

Customer reviews

By Rohan Clark 22 Nov 2013 5

If you are prepared to study, have some common sense, and are not too impatient with some problems, this book is a life saver. I'm a musician and I am also physically active, so use this text all the time.

I fixed my back, my shoulder, my hands my knees, my hips, the list goes on.

Previously I was spending $60-70 a session at various health care professionals. This book saved me hundreds of dollars and put healing back in to my own hands.

Most of the therapy you can do yourself. Keep in mind that some muscles may need assistance from a qualified Trigger Point therapist or a Massage Therapist, namely the QL's which can be easily bruised from the pointy bits of the transverse processes.

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"I have long been a believer in and practitioner of trigger point therapy. I certainly recommend this book to the general public and health care practitioners. It is truly an excellent resource and provides the tools that induce self-healing and empowerment." --Bernie S. Siegel, MD, author of "Love, Medicine, and Miracles" and "Prescriptions for Living" and former student of Janet Travell, MD, author of "Travell & Simons' Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual" "As a chiropractor for twelve years and an instructor of trigger point therapy at the Utah College of Massage Therapy for ten years, I found the Davies' book very accurate and complete. The graphics and illustrations make it easy to show patients and clients ways to improve quality of life. I believe the book will be a valuable asset to all health care practitioners who use trigger point therapy." --David B. Thomson, DC, instructor at the Utah College of Massage Therapy