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The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self -Treatment Guide for Pain Relief: Your Self-Treatment for Pain Relief Paperback – 2 Aug 2004

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,554 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

About the Author

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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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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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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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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Everybody needs to be aware of trigger points and their profound importance on pain and health.Clair Davies has written a very important book on this based on his experience as a therapist and inspired by Travell and Simons's original book on myofascial pain. I found this book recently as I was researching my hip problems. I had suddenly developed pain in my buttocks, hip and knee for no obvious reason. I rapidly became unable to climb stairs and walking just a few yards had my bum muscles screwed up so badly I could not walk further. My sciatic nerve was firing with any movement causing me a great deal of pain. My GP thought it was tendinitis and it would probably sort itself out... After six weeks of misery I found this book, diagnosed myself (piriformis syndrome) and started self treatment. The book is so easy to use: I found the offending trigger points in my gluteus muscles and worked on them all day. By evening I had cleared them well enough to walk and use the stairs. I was ecstatic. Over the last six weeks I have been getting better and better, but I am left with the inescapable thought: WHY THE HELL DON'T THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS KNOW ABOUT TRIGGER POINTS? (It appears that 80% of all muscular pain is related to trigger points.) Isn't it time they got on board? Excellent book: cannot recommend it enough!
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Once you flip through the pages of California-style introduction and background this is a straightforward, detailed, guide to the things that go wrong with muscles and how you might be able to fix them. But unless you are already familiar with muscles (I wasn't) be prepared to put in a lot of time and effort to locate the trigger points causing problems, and then to treat them. And to think about the original cause of the problem (eg computer use) and how to stop the problem recurring. I also agree with another reviewer who noted that the author too readily gives the impression that any problem can be cured by trigger point massage. However, as it costs nothing and is very unlikely to do any harm, give it a go. I found several trigger points which are undoubtedly giving me pain after the first few hours of reading the book. If you can work with a partner, it's better, but if, like me, you have weak and painful hands and wrists, do pay attention to the author's advice on how to avoid making them worse by doing massage the wrong way.
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