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Pain Relief With Trigger Point Self-Help [Paperback]

Valerie DeLaune , Amanda Williams
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30 Jun 2011
Trigger points can refer pain to other areas of the body, in addition to referring pain locally. Pain Relief With Trigger Point Self-Help teaches readers where to search for trigger points, how to treat them by applying pressure and doing stretches, and how to prevent trigger points from forming by making simple lifestyle changes, practicing proper body mechanics, and addressing nutritional deficiencies and other pertinent medical issues. Although Pain Relief With Trigger Point Self-Help was written for any person who wants to successfully treat their own pain, it is also an invaluable reference for any kind of health care provider whose patients suffer from either chronic or acute pain.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Publishing (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905367252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905367252
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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... very informative, clear to read, with good self-help suggestions and large, bold pictures and diagrams to look at. The information provided will make excellent knowledge for anyone that wants to understand and achieve pain relief. I will also recommend this book to any practitioner to use as a guide to give their patients some self directed exercises and self trigger point pain relief. --Positive Health Magazine, August 2011

This is a very well laid out book full of information and pictures. It has full detailed information of Trigger Points, what they are, what causes them, Trigger Point pressure and stretch techniques. There is a detailed introduction with very down to earth discussion around pain, the continuum of pain and the importance of seeking medical help if it is severe. The first chapter has gone into great detail of anatomy and physiology which is very informative and interesting. Studies such as Shah et al. (2008) and Steen (1996) are quoted along with other detailed medical information. There is a wealth of information on biomechanics, nutrition, food, and beverages. This I feel makes the book informative while still not too high brow. In the main body of the book, there are detailed pictures of the pained areas, their trigger points, and how exactly to treat each area. This self-help book teaches those interested where to find these painful nodules that form in the muscle fibres and connective tissues and how to treat them with the appropriate pressure and which stretches. It has also interesting information around simple lifestyle changes which can be adapted to achieve proper body mechanics. This book is full of pictures which cater for the more kinaesthetic learner, placed alongside detailed information, to ensure that all learning styles are provided for. There are suggested symptoms, and general diagnoses with detailed solutions. Valerie DeLaune is a licensed acupuncturist and certified therapist who has created a fabulous book with information which is easily understood and followed. This book has interested me as a sports therapist and is an invaluable tool for sufferers and health professionals. The author is clearly enthusiastic, highly skilled, and informed on the subject of massage and trigger points. I feel that the information available to the reader is clear and informative without being too complicated for every level of reader. I totally enjoyed this book and would find it an invaluable tool when evaluating my sports massage clients to advise them on some self-massage techniques and would have no problem recommending it to others. --Physical Therapy Reviews, December 2012

Pain Relief with Trigger Point Self-Help is very informative and clearly written. The text, which will be easily comprehensible to non-healthcare professionals, is accompanied by illustrations akin to those used by Simons et al. (1999a, b) in their classic two-volume work on the subject. Although marketed as a self-help book for patients, it doubles well as a reference text for practitioners. DeLaune describes common symptoms for each muscle, and also outlines possible differential diagnoses to ensure that more-problematic musculoskeletal problems are not overlooked by non-healthcare professionals. The initial chapters deal with the causes and perpetuation of trigger points, and provides solutions to these issues. This section will be of great use to both medical practitioners and patients seeking advice about self-help. DeLaune discusses how lifestyle factors can contribute to trigger point activation. The chapters in Part 1, "Trigger Points - What Are They and What Cause Them?", describe a holistic approach to treating muscle pain, and contain brief summaries of pertinent details of nutrition, physiology and body mechanics. Those in Part 2, "Trigger Point Pressure and Stretch Techniques", adopt a regional approach to the anatomical areas that are covered. Each muscle is distinguished with a diagram of its location, and details of why it may require treatment and where its abnormal tensions may refer are provided. DeLaune describes a great many trigger point release techniques involving tennis balls and other freely available props, such as towels and socks. This information is particularly useful for practitioners who need to demonstrate these approaches to patients who will attempt to self-release trigger points at home. Pain Relief with Trigger Point Self-Help is an extremely well thought out reference book for beginner manual therapists or knowledgeable patients, and is a useful aid to locating trigger points and self-directing treatment of these sensitive areas. --Stuart Elwell BSc, Assistant First Team Physiotherapist, West Bromwich Albion Football Club, Journal of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

This fantastic book looks at the causes of chronic pain and trigger points painful nodules that form in muscle fibres and connective tissues, and teaches the reader where to search for trigger points in order to self-heal. The book focuses on every muscle in the body, from the head and neck to deep intrinsic foot muscles, and each section is packed full of illustrations and photography to guide the reader, along with solutions to chronic pain which include stretches, lifestyle tips, diet and the use of supplements. At over 300-pages long, this comprehensive book is highly recommended for health care practitioners and those wishing to treat their own pain. --Yoga magazine

About the Author

Valerie DeLaune, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist and certified neuromuscular therapist who teaches trigger point workshops nationally. She holds a master's degree in acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington, and professional certificates from the Heartwood Institute and the Brenneke School of Massage. DeLaune is the author of many books and articles on trigger points and acupuncture. She currently resides in Alaska.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective Relief from Muscle Pain 14 Aug 2011
Trigger point treatment is now an essential part of the manual therapists tool box, being developed by Simons, Travell & Simons (no that's not a typo-there were two Simons' working on the `trigger' concept). Osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, Reiki and body workers use a variety of specific skills to treat chronic recurrent somatic pain. All should learn the rudiments of this method to treat painful muscle and fascia (Simons, Travell & Simons,1999), such as its efficacy. As most of the trigger points are accessible, this approach can be offered to patients/clients for self-help. It also helps educate that painkillers are not the only effective solutions to pain- there are alternatives.

This text is aimed at the entry-level student, providing a clear and concise overview of the subject, and when to consider using it. The author has a background in acupuncture and massage therapy, and covers her subject thoroughly. The initial chapters describe an holistic approach to treating muscle pain, with brief summaries of pertinent details on nutrition, physiology and body mechanics. The main chapters use a regional approach to the anatomical regions being covered. Each muscle is distinguished with a diagram of its location, why it may require treatment and where its abnormal tensions may refer to. I find that by showing patients/clients pictures of their pain zones, associated with faulty posture or injury, they recognise you are on the right track to helping them.

The illustrations throughout Pain Relief with Trigger Point Self-Help, are excellent and provide both therapist and patient a means of getting to grips with successful treatment. Future editions of this text may like to consider a chapter on medications commonly used in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By elsie purdon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a book by American author Valerie DeLaune who clearly knows her stuff and has over 20 years experience as a bodyworker. I think this book is more like a text book than a mere self-help book because it has so much information packed in.
It is complex yet understandable as long as you can put in some concerted effort and concentration. Some parts and techniques are more simple and accessible to the layperson.

The author starts the book with an explanation of what exactly are Trigger Points, and How will you know if you have them? she explains "The two most important characteristics of trigger points that you will notice are tender "knots" or tight bands in the muscles, and referred pain. You may also notice weakness, lack of range motion,or other symptoms not normally associated with muscular problems." eg urinary frequency and chronic belching are just two of these.
Also importantly" unless you know where to search for trigger points, and you only work on the area where you feel pain, you probably will not get relief. eg, trigger points in the iliopsoas muscle(deep in your abdomen) can cause pain in your lumbar region. Part 2 of the book teaches you where to look for trigger points and how to treat each muscle."

I found this book very impressive in the layout and detail. There are diagrams of the body and body parts, to help you learn about the muscles and where the trigger points are exactly is highlighted in a red glow effect.

There are clear photographs of the author demonstrating her techniques on herself, which helped me see that this is a Self-help technique that even a layperson could do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Clear 7 Oct 2011
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A well-presented and easy to follow illustrated manual in large format paperback. It is very comprehensive and covers the whole body with clear illustrations to which explain and justify the techniques. No additional equipment is needed other than a ball and pencil with an eraser on the end for some of the methods. I have been introduced to trigger points during training for an NLP diploma and find they work better on some people that others but this is well worth a try and also includes advice on posture, suitable furniture and nutrition. Some of the techniques though may be hard to apply yourself and assistance may still be required for the best results despite the title.
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By uncle barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I found this an easy to read, clearly illustrated manual. It's a well-produced and professionally written volume covering pretty much every muscle in the body. I do have some anatomical knowledge, (a City and Guilds Guilds qualification in Body Treatments) and so didn't find the anatomical content daunting. In fact, I would go so far as to say that having a clearly illustrated book on where each muscle is and what it does is helpful for the untrained layperson to better understand how the body works and to better look after it. I liked the fact that no fancy equipment was needed. Pretty much all that is used is a soft dog's ball or similar. I also like the fact that you can self-treat with the dog's ball and, in some cases, a pencil with a shaped eraser on the end.

As the title implies, it is uniquely concerned with pain relief from stimulating 'trigger points' within the muscle. Therefore, if you have nerve problems such as sciatica, or joint problems such as arthritis this probably won't be of much help. However, if your problem is muscular, you could do worse than give this a try. However, if you just have one area of discomfort, you will only find a small section of this large book applicable. That said, if it works in one area, you may well wish to apply the technique to other painful areas. There are no miracle cures here - Delaune lists practices that may aggravate symptoms, such as carrying a backpack or sitting on a wallet and suggests you refrain from them. The advice on sitting correctly, purchasing supportive furniture and ensuring good nutrition is fairly basic and can be found elsewhere. However, it's a useful inclusion to remind you to be sure to attend to these areas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wealth of information.
lots of information in this book. I asked for it on Vine because I have fibromyalgia and was interested in learning about all the body's muscles, and getting rid of the pain which... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Francois The Armaldo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive Book
An excellent book covers everything you would every want to know about anatomy ,symptoms & self help technique. It is very heavy going to read but persevere it is well worth it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hettie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I have a number of books on Trigger Point Therapy, but this is definitely the best. Clearly illustrated with lots of advice on trigger points and how to avoid them, I found this... Read more
Published 22 months ago by sparkle
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if you get muscle pain but not easy...
I thought this would be a very useful book, as I often get little muscle niggles, especially in my back & neck. It is organised in muscle groups. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Greg
3.0 out of 5 stars still trying
I was really keen to read this book since I have several problems that I thought might be helped by the information in this book. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2012 by Green Book Addict Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, clear, authoritative
I really like this detailed and complex book for its careful, clinically orientated approach to the issue of pain control. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2012 by J. Pittam
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks useful but not for me ...,
When I first got this book it looked promising; a good size, over 300 pages with lots of clear diagrams and text boxes laid out in a logical, easy to look at way. Read more
Published on 18 April 2012 by MJ King
5.0 out of 5 stars clear if not always concise
i have found this book to be very useful, ive found pressure points that have helped my migrains through my own experimentations. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2012 by margesimpson
5.0 out of 5 stars pain relief
Many people suffer from a variety of pains yet prefer not to visit their general practitioner as they automatically assume they will be given pain killers and they could be right. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Mrs. P. Clements
4.0 out of 5 stars Very complex book
This book is well illustrated and written very precisly. I would say that it is more for medical profesionals and students rather than the everyday person at home as it contains... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by Mrs. R. Breslin
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