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The Concise Book of Trigger Points [Paperback]

Simeon Niel-Asher
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

30 Jun 2008 1905367120 978-1905367122 Second revised
Most muscular aches and pains are caused or affected by untreated trigger points, localized tender spots in muscles. Understanding and treating these points can lead to rapid and lasting pain relief. Trigger point therapy is a powerful tool in the management of both acute and chronic pain, including such common problems as headaches, TMJ syndrome, and back pain. Written in a straightforward style, The Concise Book of Trigger Points is designed for the student and practitioner of massage/bodywork, physical therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports therapy, and any other health-related field. It functions both as an entry-level textbook and an authoritative reference for even the most experienced therapist. The first four chapters describe the physiology of trigger points and the general methods of treatment. The following six chapters are organized by muscle groups; each two-page spread features detailed colour illustrations of each major skeletal muscle, accompanied by an explanation of each muscle's origin, insertion, action, and function. The physiological implications of the trigger points in each muscle are discussed, along with treatment techniques. This edition contains updated text and a self-help section addressing common pain complaints, including headache, neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain, and TMJ syndrome.

Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Publishing; Second revised edition (30 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905367120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905367122
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Probably the clearest, most concise and comprehensive presentation of the trigger point picture I have ever read. Eminently practical and clinically useful. --Dr. Richard Bachrach, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M, president and medical
director of the Center for Sports and Osteopathic Medicine

About the Author

Simeon is an acknowledged leader in the field of Osteopathic healthcare. Winner of the prestigious 2006 CAM award (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) for Outstanding Practice, Simeon has been named as one of the top 10 Osteopaths in London (Evening Standard). He lectures around the world and is author of several books. Simeon qualified with a BSc (Ost) from The British School of Osteopathy in 1992. He later obtained a B.Phil in Complementary Health Studies from the University of Exeter in 1996.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The concise book of trigger points 11 Jun 2009
Having received Trigger point therapy and found it extremely useful. As a massage Therapist myself I wanted to learn more. I was not disappointed. What a great visual and informative book. It did not baffle me with too much anatomical information but told me just enough. Anyone without my training could pick up this book and learn a lot from it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enabling you to put your finger on it... 19 Mar 2009
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This really is the best book on the subject of trigger point therapy. Clear, concise diagrams of pain referral patterns makes locating the culprit muscle and dealing with the problem so much easier. The authour also details other possible causes of pain and suggests consideration of alternative therapy avenues to try. This is simply a 'must have' book for any serious remedial or sports massage therapist.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Concise Book of Trigger Points 4 April 2009
I am studying Sports Massage Therapy and found this book fantastic. Even my lecturer has purchased this book on seeing mine!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent update 23 Nov 2008
The Concise Book of Trigger Points has been superbly updated by the author. The first 3 chapters have been reworked to create a much more coherent introduction to trigger points, and there is a new chapter on research and theories. A great self-help section concludes the book - really pleased with this purchase, and I can fully recommend it as an excellent reference book on this fascinating subject.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for laymen 29 Aug 2011
By Layman
Just by way of warning to those who are looking to 'help themselves' with muscle problems rather than a critique of the book. This book is not written for lay people so unless you have a lot of time to learn more about anatomy and the latin names of all the muscles, don't buy this book. The use of 'concise' in the title is relative and must refer more to its technical content; it is about A4 size ;-).
Good clear pictures however and helpful suggestions for stretches/exercises that may help - though as a lay person trying to help myself, I would have liked more detail on these (!).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Techinical and full 25 April 2010
Lovely book, beautifully illustrated but more for those with some previous anatomic or chiropratic style training unless as a beginner you are very keen and have pleanty of time on your hands.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations 19 Dec 2010
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As a massage therapist myself who has had problems with my back and neck due to surgery I decided to buy this book to enhance my own knowledge of trigger point therapy. I am glad I did as not only has it helped me it will also help others who come to me suffering from the pain caused by trigger points. I am absolutely delighted with this most helpful book and the illustrations are superb. I think this is a great book for all massage and bodywork therapists who want to enhance their treatments and really help their clients. 10 out of 10 to the author
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2.0 out of 5 stars The concise book of Trigger points 14 Feb 2014
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As a physiotherapist, interesting but full anatomy is not covered. But had some good information. Would be. Appropriate for massage therapists I think.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars title says all "CONCISE"
excellent clear and percise. complete with good illustration .reference .book for students and therpists to have at hand would recommend
Published 3 months ago by Helen Tett
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
As a senior physio, this book has all the immediate information, easy to find/reference, and none if the waffle. Very useful to have at hand. Excellent value. Read more
Published 5 months ago by DMcH
3.0 out of 5 stars A physiotherapists review
Overall this book does what is says on the tin providing a concise and succinct introduction to trigger points and their treatment. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Samuel John Ogier
5.0 out of 5 stars book
Excellent book, realy usefull and many pictures. I'm phisiotherapist and realy recommend this book. Im jusing this book every day.
Published 9 months ago by Malwina
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and well presented
Really well set out and colourful for those who are visual learner. Goes the extra mile by setting out stretches and strength exercises for each specific muscle. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for NMT
Great book and a hugely helful tool in my new physical therapy clinic... very descriptive illustrations which makes it easier to explain to my clients why i am doing such a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Clem O'Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars useful and clear
useful clear immediately able to use contebts in a practical way. i dont need to say anything else at all
Published 11 months ago by sue wilks
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
I use this in my job most of the time. Very useful. Pictures very useful to show clients what I am going to do. A nice concise atlas!
Published 12 months ago by M. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Thje Concise Book of Trigger Points
A really useful book for all therapists, whether you practice Bowen, osteopathy, chiropractic or any other form of physical therapy. Highly recommended
Published 13 months ago by Pippa
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading
This book was recommended to me as additional reading after studying sports massage .Well writtenand easy to follow it will be a constant reference tool i am sure .
Published 14 months ago by Sarah Austin
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