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The trigger point therapy workbook: your self-treatment guide for pain relief

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Clair Davies and Amber Davies
New Harbinger Publications

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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. If you have ever suffered from, or have treated someone who suffers from myofascial trigger point pain, this is a must-have book.

This new edition of the bestselling Trigger Point Therapy Workbook outlines user-friendly and updated methods of self-massage to help relieve pain. This edition also contains new techniques, drawings, and tips to help readers find and treat trigger points.

PainSci notes

The Workbook is a significant book: it offers hope and many practical self-treatment tips to countless people suffering from pain that doctors struggle to diagnose or treat. Unfortunately, despite the publication of a third edition in 2013, it has fallen behind the times and much of the hope it offers is false hope — it has been making trigger point therapy sound much more effective than it really is since the first edition in 2001. The third edition adds a few ideas of questionable value, while failing to explain (or even acknowledge) many important new findings and controversies in pain science. So it’s a significant book, but not good one.

~ Paul Ingraham, PainSci Publisher

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Review of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook — A popular book that promises too much and ignores recent science and controversies, which alienates many physicians and sets patients up for disappointment

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  3. The Complete Guide to Neck Pain & Cricks
  4. Review of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook
  5. Overselling trigger point therapy

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