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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Aug 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 (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is...a well-organized, easy-to-use handbook that will indeed help sufferers of myofascial pain learn to treat themselves with effective self-massage techniques. The detail and clarity of the book's format will also make it invaluable to pain physicians who want to be able to teach their patients useful, simple strategies to manage soft tissue pain problems." --Joseph F. Audette, MD, instructor at Harvard Medical School and director of Outpatient Pain Services at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Medford, MA

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Clair Davies, NCTMB, is author of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and a graduate of the Utah College of Massage Therapy. He leads workshops and seminars on the self-treatment and clinical treatment of pain using trigger point massage.

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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Splossy on 14 Dec 2005
Format: Paperback
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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160 of 172 people found the following review helpful By MikeTS on 20 July 2008
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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 books.google.com 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 By a reviewer on 18 Sep 2008
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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 By Termo 61 on 12 Feb 2011
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike_21 on 27 Jan 2011
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Heather S. Robinson on 7 Aug 2008
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I got this book as a last resort after experiencing numbness and pins and needles in my hands for several months for which conventional Consultants could find no cause (I was scared.) The symptoms ceased within twenty four hours of working the trigger points. I have since overcome chronic jaw pain, knee pain, recurring neck pain, tooth ache and what I had feared was a hernia using the methods in the book. My fiancé's sciatica was cured and a friend saw significant improvement in rib pain by working the trigger points. I am always amazed that by reading through the symptoms and the relevant muscle groups (this can take a bit of time, but is so worth the effort and much quicker than waiting for a Doctors appointment and referral) there will be a diagram to show where I'll likely find a trigger point for the particular symptom I'm experiencing. Each time I have thought no, surely not, and Lo and behold, there is one. It's like magic every time! I couldn't recommend this book highly enough and love the way it takes the fear away from experiencing aches and pains because I now know that I can do something about it. I have so much appreciation for Clair Davies for creating this book in a format that I can use with ease. It has had a powerful positive impact on my life experience.
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