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The Concise Book of Trigger Points

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For roughly a decade, Simeon Niel-Asher's best-selling The Concise Book of Trigger Points: A Professional and Self-Help Manual has helped treat chronic pain by targeting trigger points—tender muscle knots and sensitive spots in the connective tissue. Third edition updates the research, adds advanced techniques and features trigger point self-treatment tips.

This compact reference guide shows how to effectively treat myofascial pain by releasing trigger points in the muscle and connective tissues. The quick-reference format is ideal for bodyworkers of all kinds (massage therapists, physical therapists, etc.) offering useful information about trigger points relating to main skeletal muscles.
 
The first six chapters offer a background of the physiology of trigger points, what causes trigger points and general methods of treatment. The second half of the book is organized by muscle group, allowing you to easily reference the proper techniques. Each two-page spread offers detailed anatomical information, referred pain patterns, key trigger point information, practitioner protocols, self-help information and full-color illustrations.
 
Third edition has been completely updated with current research, evidence and advanced techniques for manual therapy practitioners. It also features self-help techniques that chronic pain sufferers can perform at home.

Self-help techniques feature massage and pressure tools like the Tola® system, foam rollers, Thera Cane®, massage balls, Original Body Stick, Backnobber®, Jacknobber® and Knobble®.
 
Written by Simeon Niel-Asher. Illustrated. Softcover; 235 pages.

CONTENTS
 
Chapter 1 Healing Yourself through Self-Help Techniques
            A True Story
            A Few Words Before You Start
            Self-Treatment
            What Is My Point?
            Self-Help Trigger Point Release Techniques
Chapter 2 Skeletal Muscle, Muscle Mechanics, and Flexibility
            Skeletal Muscle
            The Physiology of Muscle Contraction
            Musculoskeletal Mechanics
            Flexibility
            Embryological Development of Fascia
Chapter 3 Trigger Points and Trigger Point Information
            Trigger Point Definition
            Acupuncture or Acupressure Points and Trigger Points
            Fibromyalgia
            Chapman's Reflex Points (Tender Points) vs. Trigger Points
            Nutritional and Biochemical Factors
            Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Involvement
            Differential Diagnosis
            Trigger Points and Muscle Fiber Type
            Trigger Point Formation and Posture
            Postural Trigger Points and "Cross Patterns"
            Trigger Points Within Sarcomers
            Pathophysiology of Trigger Points
            Peripheral and Central Sensitization
            Trigger Point Classification
            Trigger Point Symptoms
            Physical Findings
            Advice to Patient
Chapter 4 Therapeutic Technique Protocols
            Palpation
            Injections and Dry Needling
            Dry Needling
            Spray and Stretch
            Hands-On Therapy Trigger Point Release (TPR) Protocols
            Hands-On Techniques: The Details
            Stretch and Release Techniques
            Practitioners' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Chapter 5 Stretching and Exercise
            Fitness and Flexibility
            Stretching
            Strengthening
Chapter 6 Beyond the Trigger Point
            Putting It All Together
            Complexity
            Strange Attractors
            Super Trigger Points (STPs)
            Myofascial Meridians
            The Niel-Asher Technique (NAT)
            Three-Dimensional (3-D) Release
Chapter 7 Muscles of the Face, Head and Neck
            Occipitofrontalis (Epicranius)
            Orbicularis Oculi
            Masseter
            Temporalis
            Pterygoideus Lateralis
            Pterygoideus Medialis
            Digastricus
            Scalenus Anterior, Medius, Posterior
            Sternocleidomastoideus (SCM)
            Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
            Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome
            Headache
            Neck Pain
Chapter 8 Muscles of the Trunk and Spine
            Erector Spinae (Sacrospinalis)
            Posterior Cervical Muscles
            Multifidus/Rotatores
            Splenius Capitis/Splenius Cervicis
            External Oblique
            Transversus Abdominis
            Rectus Abdominis
            Quadratus Lumborum
            Iliopsioas (Psoas Major/Iliacus)
            Diaphragm
            Low Back Pain
Chapter 9 Muscles of the Shoulder and Upper Arm
            Trapezius
            Levator Scapulae
            Rhomboideus (Minor and Major)
            Serratus Anterior
            Pectoralis Major
            Latissimus Dorsi
            Deltoideus
            Supraspinatus
            Infraspinatus
            Teres Minor
            Subscapularis
            Teres Major
            Biceps Brachii
            Triceps Brachii
            Shoulder Pain
Chapter 10 Muscles of the Forearm
            Pronator Teres
            Palmaris Longus
            Wrist Flexors
            Brachioradialis
            Wrist Extensors
            Extensor Digitorum
            Supinator
            Opponens Pollicis/Adductor Pollicis
            Small Hand Muscles
            Wrist Pain
Chapter 11 Muscles of the Hip and Thigh
            Gluteus Maximus
            Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL)
            Gluteus Medius
            Gluteus Minimus
            Piriformis
            Hamstrings
            Adductors
            Pectineus
            Sartorius
            Quadriceps
            Pelvic Pain
            Knee Pain
Chapter 12 Muscles of the Leg and Foot
            Tibialis Anterior
            Extensor Digitorum Longus/Extensor Hallucis Longus
            Fibularis (Peroneus) Longus, Brevis, Tertius
            Gastrocnemius
            Plantaris
            Soleus
            Popliteus
            Flexor Digitorum Longus/Flexor Hallucis Longus
            Tibialis Posterior
            Superficial Muscles of the Foot
            Deep muscles of the Foot
            Ankle Pain
            Foot Pain
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