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on 4 February 2008
What a great book. Know first of all that it's written more for clinicians, such as massage therapists. If you have no medical background, you may get confused with some of the medical terms such as abduction.

Having said that, for practitioners who treat musculoskeletal pain, this book is the best trigger point therapy book I've come across. After spending a few chapters covering some of the basics on topics such as the nature of trigger points, Qi, informed touch, etc, the book gets right to the reason why you probably bought the book- the trigger points.

The book does an excellent job of covering all the muscles of the body and their associated trigger points. But that's not where it ends. Besides having some of the best muscle pictures you could ask for, each section on a particular muscle ALSO covers pain patterns a specific trigger point could produce, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises- nice!! While the stretches are clearly depicted, the strengthening exercises are only described- but they are certainly clear enough to follow.

A couple of appendices on meridian pathways, cutaneous zones, and acupoints are also included.

Lastly, the book ends with two indexes. The first is a pain pattern index, which is really a picture reference guide on trigger point referral patterns for the various muscles. The second is a symptoms index. Using this index is as easy as looking up a particular area of the body (such as the shoulder) where you'll then find various symptoms and their potential cause (trouble with reaching up....problem with latissimus dorsi).

All-in-all, it's a great resource for anyone who deals with clients that might have muscular pain and the book could also double as a patient education tool with its great pictures of all the muscles and their trigger points. Also recommend "Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff" for practitioners who deal with a lot of shoulder patients.
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on 18 November 2012
This seems an excellent book which includes not only the basic material about trigger points, their referred pain patterns and their treatment, but a more extensive treatment pattern and an more extensive view of the impact of constriction due to trigger points on other bodily systems. The KINDLE EDITION appears to omit one of the best features of the book, the visual index of pain patterns!! Big black marks for that, whether it is a defect in the transformation to the Kindle edition, or a failure in my download.
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on 21 November 2014
Brilliant book for anyone studying Myofascial pain, Trigger Points and Neuromusucular Techniques - a good mix of technical information but in easy to understand language. There are also really helpful and informative diagrams showing pain referral areas which is really useful to demonstrate and show clients. Also helpful pages at the back listing diagrams of areas by pain and sections stating areas of insertion and beneficial stretches - I would definitely recommend this book.
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on 9 May 2010
Simply great book! A lot of useful information on the subject (although sometimes it could have "common human" "translation" of some terms, but this is not a big deal). Immediately managed to find answers to some of the old issues with my back and nice stretches for those. Recommend.
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on 27 October 2009
I have been on a course a year ago and this triggers my learning in a fresher direction.
The book layoiut is well thought out and I enjoy the visual of the area conserned.
The extercises with the concise book of muscles, relates to the same exercises for clients.
I have used the process myself on painin my leg to the big toe.It gave me precise areas to work on.
I thoroughly enjoyed the theory explination the first couple of chapters.

One of the best investments for my practice.
Thankyou.
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on 12 December 2009
This book was recommended on a sports massage course i am attending. It gives you very relative and informative information, also including some post care. Well worth the money
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on 8 March 2010
I am a quilified reflexologist and I know a lot about the feet and the body, this book enables you to go further with your knowledge of that, and more.
A great book very informative on all levels and great diagrams, would highly recomened.
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on 20 January 2013
Well diagrammed and informative book on how muscles are grouped and paired and how when muscle groups are misaligned pain ensues. Excercises are suggested for the offending muscle groups to overcome pain and core muscle instability.
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on 1 September 2009
100% satisified. Delivery was quicker than promised and the book is very informative without being too detailed. Would recommend to any hands on body worker.
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on 14 August 2010
An excellant resource all massage therapists should inveset in.. Very detailed yet easy to navigate
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