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The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment for Pain Relief (Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief) [Paperback]

Clair Davies , Amber Davies
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1 Oct 2004 Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief
Trigger point therapy is one of the most intriguing and fastest-growing bodywork styles in the world. In this revised edition of his best-selling book, The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, Clair Davies, a certified massage therapist and expert in trigger point therapy, outlines a very user-friendly and completely up-to-date method of self-massage that people can employ as a means of reducing and eliminating their pain.

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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243750
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have personally benefited from the therapeutic effects of trigger point massage and I believe it deserves official recognition in the medical world. I hope physicians will study these self-treatment techniques and recommend them to their patients." --Rose Marie Hackett, DO, osteopathic physician and radiologist

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on the subject but beware 14 Dec 2005
By Splossy
In terms of learning the trigger points and the problems they relate to this is an excellent book.
But beware that the author is somewhat overenthused about trigger points and their efficacy. Like many people who specialise in one area, he has come to believe that virtually any disease relates to trigger points and can be cured by treating them. He even starts talking about curing Dyslexia....
Not even all muscle pain is trigger point related. There are many interacting parameters like joint instability, arthritis, other soft-tissue injury, posture, learned responses etc etc. The book may help some but not others.
However, if you are interested in TPs then this IS the book to buy,.
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155 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that has changed my life 20 July 2008
By MikeTS
I buy lots of stuff on the Internet, I'm an IT guy so I enjoy buying gadgets, math books, computer books etc., but I don't like writing reviews because I never know how to do it well. Actually this is my third review so far, the first one I wrote couple of months ago on and it was about... The Trigger Point Therapy. Couple of minutes ago I finished reviewing Thera Cane on amazon. In case of a Trigger Point Therapy by Clair Davies I had no choice - I know I have to review it because if it is going to help just one person in making decision about reading the book, and if the book helps him in 10% as much as it helped me than it is worth to spend time writing it. I'm 37 year old male and I was always very active person. I trained judo for 2 years when I was 15, then karate and Tae Kwon Do for 4 years (I was very into it, training 3-4 hours a day). I did weight training for many years and quite recently intensive yoga for 3 years. About 10 years ago small health problems developed and after a while they became really serious. Basically I had three kind of problems: knees pain, upper back pain and stiffness and palm pain (I think it could be called RSI - working with computer keyboard too much). When I worked all day behind a computer desk then my neck and upper back hurt so much that I couldn't sleep in the night. I'm pretty sure it was because of my previous weight training - for most of the time I felt like holding one ton of metal on my neck and arms. They were so stiff and stressed. Yoga helped me a lot but I couldn't get rid off the pain for good. But still the worst problem was with my knees. I had to be very careful about jogging and quite often I was having very intensive burning sensation in them, sometimes so big that it was impossible to sleep without painkillers. Read more ›
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good self-help tool. 18 Sep 2008
I consider this book to be a useful self-help tool for treating trigger points, or irritable spots in the muscle. It has many, many pictures which help guide the reader to common places in the muscles where these things are at. From there, you can use a ball, massage them with your fingers, or even use this tool called a Thera-Cane to get to those hard to reach places.

All in all a handy book for treating trigger points, another good lesson here is that sometimes muscle trigger points can mimick more serious ailments, when the problem is really just in the muscle. Also recommend The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution if you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 12 Feb 2011
As a practising physical therapist I would suggest this therapy - T.P.T. - as one of the most important tools in my tool kit. This book is in my opinion the easiest to work from on this subject and possibly the most comprehensive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By 00Bay
I purchased the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook about 6 years ago, and now finally feel in a position to recommend that it's not just good, but overwhelmingly good.

I'm 38, I've suffered from Myofascial Pain Syndrome for around 20 years - although it was only about 6 years ago that I finally got this diagnosis that finally explained the terrible constant pain that I'd had in my back, shoulders and neck since late teens. I was initially fairly sceptical about the results it promised, especially as the author seemed to have little or no formal medical training. However, whenever I now say to a physiotherapist, rheumatologist or pain clinician something like "I've read this book and I think maybe the pain in my shoulder is being referred from trigger points in my scalene muscles here", the trained professionals invariably reply "yes, you're right". I'm astonished, and it's so empowering to understand your pain and to have the knowledge to control it.

This book is not for everyone. You will have to study, and get to know the names and locations of muscles. I'm not one of the lucky ones whom this book has helped to become totally pain free. But it is one of the most valuable tools I have to manage my pain, and on some days and with particular types of pain, a quick self-massage of the appropriate area will bring instant relief by as much as 60 or 70%. I've found the information in it to be extremely accurate, and meticulously researched.

If you're serious about helping yourself to manage your chronic pain, buy this book, read it, study it, become an expert on your own pain, it is amazing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better believe it! 27 Jan 2011
By Mike_21
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A book for everyone, written by a piano technician (not MD!!!)and may become your main weapon against chronic pain. I highly recommend it, as it is so well written that despite the difficult terminology, is pleasure to read and definitely the most useful self help book for me.

Till now I haven't found a masseur that knows by body better than me. Therefore with this book and the addition of thera cane and a lacrosse ball as your massage equipment you can be your own masseur, in order to cure your chronic pain or at least feel better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good companion book.
I bought this as a hard copy of 'trigger point info' I could carry with me because I travel and don't always have a computer or internet connection. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Littlelight
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, can't recommend highly enough
Discovered Trigger Point Therapy after having a bad back, and it's really a life-changing thing. Have recommended this book to family and friends, told doctors about it, and use it... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars read it
tried a few things out of the book don't know if it helped me but my neck is better now
Published 1 month ago by mrs jean king
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Essential for all suffering muscular/joint pain. I use it with the BackNobber to overcome ageing and injury pains. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PJW Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars very descriptive manual
Very clear to understand and great you have photos as well,
Would recommend to massage therapists who want to know have
a little more knowledge on trigger points.
Published 2 months ago by calum
4.0 out of 5 stars very detailed
I bought this book as a lay person who was having back problems but refer to it evertime I get pain in any part of my body as it is so detailed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bluebuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
If you struggle with referred pain this book will mean a lot to you. It helped me a lot overcoming repetitive strain injury.
Published 3 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Changing Book
After picking up and carrying small children for a few years (my own...not other peoples), I developed an incredibly painful shoulder problem. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook
Great book for dealing with Trigger points. Covers all trigger points in all muscles, from you neck down to the soles of your feet. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shane
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This book is amazing. My partner was amazed after he was given tablets for an arthritic toe. He used this book and found the trigger point, which was no where near the toe, and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Yvonne
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