A simple, go-to guide to treating chronic pain with trigger point therapy for physical therapists, bodyworkers, and patients
From the bestselling author of The Concise Book of Trigger Points
This pocket-sized guide covers practical information about the trigger points—the painful knots that can form in tissues like muscles and fascia—that are central to addressing chronic pain with massage, bodywork, and physical therapy. Full-color illustrations and charts help practitioners, students, and patients identify trigger points and address referred pain patterns with ease.
The first chapter introduces relevant information on fascia and myofascial meridians and provides an overview of trigger point symptoms, classification, and formation. Subsequent chapters are organized by muscle group and feature concise—yet comprehensive—sections on each of the main skeletal muscles and their trigger points. Conditions that commonly occur in the general population, such as headaches and back pain, are explored for all of the muscle groups, including the muscles of the:
- Face, head, and neck
- Trunk and spine
- Shoulder and arm
- Forearm and hand
- Hip and thigh
- Leg and foot
Written in clear, accessible language, this go-to guide offers a wealth of knowledge to the lay reader, the student, or the practitioner.