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The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief

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This is the only self-help book designed to help the layperson to treat themselves for painful trigger points with massage. Trigger point therapy is one of the most intriguing and fastest-growing bodywork styles in the world. Medical doctors, chiropractors, and alternative health practitioners are all beginning to use this technique to relieve the pain of individuals su

Paperback, Second Edition, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by New Harbinger Publications (first published April 1st 2001)
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M. Sarki
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I will never be finished with. Anyone who has suffered from myo-fascial disease (and has somehow received help) knows what an important book this is. The medical profession is still slow to recognize the genius in this work, but those MD's who have distinguished its importance prove how brilliant they are as well. There is hardly any money to be made when the healer teaches the patient how to heal oneself. And that is why the medical profession disregards the study of muscle and t ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with muscle, tendon and head ache.
Recommended to Helen by: Amazon reviewers.
Shelves: health
Best from available self-help handbook on dealing with unexplained muscle, connective tissue, joint, coccyx, neck and head ache. If in doubt - read reviews on the web, plenty of very detailed and helpful ones.


- This book and tool (and ability to massage yourself) is all what you need to start. Lacross ball and Back Body Buddy (or Knobble and Theracane) work as a massaging tool for accessible and hard to reach body areas.

- Trigger points for each pain location are clearly shown. If termino
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-science
This book is well worth owning if you suffer from chronic pain. It encouraged me to buy a 'Theracane' which an amazing self-massage tool for deep tissue massage of your back and hips. I couldn't live without it. Trigger point Therapy is something I am quite passionate about (being an ex-massage therapist), and I've found it is the only thing that gives me instant relief from my chronic back pain. I am always referring back to this book whenever I have unusual aches and pains, or any other sympto ...more
Joseph Santiago
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is one of the most important reference books on my shelf today. I had an older edition and upgraded to this one because it brings the materials into the digital age. There is downloadable content for my tablet and I can use the charts in the book or from downloaded sources. This book is one of the best I have ever used to ease tension and unlock muscles that cause headaches and pain.

I recommend this book to anyone who is doing massage or acupressure. I do it professionally but the skills I
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read several books on trigger points now. This one is by far my favourite. The one failing is that he makes it seem as if fixing trigger points will fix every Health problem that you have. In better news, because of this book my back and sciatic pain is now mostly gone! I do recommend seeing a massage therapist who specialises in trigger points so you can feel firsthand what one feels like.
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
While this is not nearly as comprehensive as the Travell books, and some of the referral patterns differ, it's far more accessible as a self-care reference. I recommend this book to clients at least weekly, to encourage them to delve into understanding their muscular structure and possible sources of pain. An educated consumer is a powerful and effective force. ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A little over three years ago, I fell from a height of two stories and broke both ankles. This life-changing event actually pushed me into teaching Mathematics and Science. So, the experience was not all bad. Unfortunately, I did not get the kind of medical attention I should have, and the consequence was that I severely damaged my right shoulder which bore a large part of the impact. Over time, the damage to my shoulder has become more evident - chiefly in the form of a disorder called "Frozen ...more
Kylie Sparks
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I am learning how to do self trigger point massage from this book using tennis balls and a wall! It is chock full of useful and interesting information about muscles, bones, trigger points, and pain relief. Something I didn't know before reading this book is that pain is often referred from other places. So, pain in your wrists and hands is about something going on in your shoulder or neck. Often, unnecessary and uneffective surgeries are performed when trigger point massage would be a lot more ...more
Kaeli McIntyre
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's not often you can honestly say that a book changed your life but this one truly has changed mine. I used to be at the chiropractor and/or massage therapist's office at least weekly due to chronic pain. However I am now able to manage most of my pain on my own at home simply by releasing trigger points and doing self massage. Highly recommended! ...more
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
A gift of love to mankind to relieve pain and suffering.

I picked up this book to better understand trigger points after one successful treatment by a trigger point therapist. Now with better understanding, I go to my therapist whenever I have aches and pains as I am able to understand the likely causes.

On one occasion I could not bend my knees for weeks after a netball game. Most people would think it is a knee problem, including doctors. But from this book I knew it was a muscular problem and
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with a body.
One of the best and most accessible books out there on TP's
One of those books that should be in every home.

Denise E.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very useful, but get that diagnostic testing (MRI or what have you to make sure nothing is sprained or torned). Putting pressure on a torn or over stretched trigger point will make it worse.
Betty Cheng
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! Very clear, meticulous explanations. Accurate diagrams. Really lets you zoom in on your trouble spots once you get the hang of the organization.

If you have cramps, some kind of persistent muscular tension or muscle damage, you may find this book useful. You can be fairly certain about this if you need any kind of medically indicated massage or sometimes physical therapy. You should check first. I signed up with a masseuse who knew about trigger point therapy and recommende
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not "done" reading this book, but I wanted to give it a shout-out because it is a wonderful reference. I have been experiencing neck and shoulder tension that has been leading to headaches, and this book describes in great detail how to work on each tight muscle that is contributing to the headache. With the use of simple tools (tennis ball, your hands, and a few other massage tools), a lot of pain can be relieved. The author details many, many chronic ailments--tennis elbow, frozen shoulder ...more
Erin Brenner
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A physical therapist suggested this book in conjunction with a series of daily exercises and regular chiropractic adjustments and PT. It's been a godsend.

Several exercises that pertain to my needs include using a tennis ball to massage the area. I now keep tennis balls everywhere; it's such a quick, easy way to temporarily relieve pain.

That said, be sure to talk to a medical professional before you use this book. They can guide you to the right exercises and ensure you're doing them properly.
Jitka Egressy
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book for every therapist, even for personal trainers. Can help you with auto-treatment your pain. Magical Trigger points are responsible for about 68% of all our pain!! Give it a try. You will need only this book (like 10 bucks) and tennis ball (maybe a buck only).

You can heal yourself! This really works. I promise, that you will not be disapointed. Listen to your body and you can help yourself.
Joshua Tintner
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has been a great help in treating others and myself. I am not a trained therapist, and do not do any type of massage, etc for pay. That said, sometimes a friend will mention a pain in one area and they cant massage it away. Ill bring the book down from the shelf, and sometimes just copy them a page or Ill show them how to look for the trigger point. Often this brings some relief.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This thing saves me on the daily. I keep an electronic copy on my phone for handy reference. When my limp is acting up, or my hips get the best of me, I pull out my foam roller, lacrosse ball, and this book, and in the space of 20 minutes, I have some semblance of graceful movement once again. A hundred stars.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life changing. Will always be on my shelf.
Ryan P
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trigger points being these partially understood phenomena of muscle dysfunction where motor nerves connect to muscles. They can get a little angry, and need some massage to increase blood circulation. Restoring the oxygen and energy supply improving calcium uptake allows the muscles to lengthen, and decrease sensitivity. If left, they can themselves be sensitive (that's how you find them), restrict mobility by preventing your muscles from lengthening, but most interestingly cause referred pain e ...more
Magnus Lidbom
A book that can be quite useful, potentially providing relief or freedom from pain that might have been a long time companion. However, the book needs to be taken with a pinch of salt per confident assertion. The book is permeated by a marked lack of nuance, scepticism and knowledge/honesty/openness about the state of the current research. It is clearly written by a true believer who has little to no use for scepticism or critical thinking.

By all means, feel free to read it and try out her sugge
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in learning and self-applying trigger point massage: buy this book! TPM is the easiest thing in the world and it can make a big difference in your daily life. If I ever make a list of ten books that changed my life, I may need to sneak this baby on there.

I was already getting and learning about trigger point therapy before I found this book, but this resource is so thorough and so helpful. There's a PDF online will all the trigger point maps and I keep it close at hand for
Kathleen Louise Madden  Hemingway
I found this book in Barnes & Noble over a decade ago, and have referenced it on and off since then. If you deal with any kind of chronic pain you should definitely check it out! I used it to learn how to give Kirk massages and it definitely decreased his pain.
Kirsten Green
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great tool!! I use this book regularly just to keep my technique accurate and keep my memory fresh.
Sandra Bloom
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you have suffered with chronic pain without finding relief, you owe it to yourself to learn in this workbook
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I review this book monthly for sports related issues and it never fails to help me fund overuse issues
James Sadrianna
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I did not read the entire book but will use it as reference. Awesome techniques.
Gail Lewis
Regerence book-Ongoing read
Khuram Malik
Very good for understanding what creates muscular pain at a biochemical level, however the book is a little over padded out.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wellness, nonfiction
Accessible info for the layperson.
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“It helps to know that trigger points form in specific places, where the motor nerve comes into the muscle to tell the muscle to do its job. This location is not always tender. It hurts only when a trigger point is present, and then only when pressed on. So, when practicing self-applied trigger point massage, you don’t have to go by what your fingers palpate—feel for the place that hurts.” 0 likes
“The only way to reliably verify whether a specific trigger point is causing a specific pain is to deactivate the trigger point and see if the pain remains.” 0 likes
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