Trigger Point Therapy for Low Back Pain

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New Harbinger Publications, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 265 pages
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Learn the secrets to lasting pain relief: finding and deactivating trigger points, the underlying cause of most low back pain. Trigger points are sensitive tight spots in taut bands of muscle tissue. Treating trigger points that refer pain to the low back and buttock areas, rather than addressing only the specific sites of your pain, is the best way to comprehensively treat occasional or chronic discomfort and prevent it from coming back.

Packed with illustrated treatment techniques, Trigger Point Therapy for Low Back Pain offers effective strategies beginners can practice at home and detailed hands-on protocols health care practitioners can use while working with patients. Find out which of eleven muscles could be causing back pain, then learn specific trigger point treatments and correct underlying perpetuating factors to immediately relieve soreness and tension in these muscles. If you're ready to try a targeted approach to eliminating back pain, this manual will provide you with all the information you need to get started and end low back discomfort once and for all.


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First, I'd say that the book is very good overall. The pain referral diagrams, the explanations of trigger point science (such as it is at this point), the treatment techniques -- these are all very ... Read full review

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Thank you both Sharon and Mary for writing this important book and sharing your experience and expertise in the field of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy with all of us . It is my hope that this book will serve to improve the relationship between therapist, patients and doctors. This book has the potential to empower patients, improve therapists knowledge and skills, but most of all it is a road map to a pain free life. Thank you for this gift.
Carlos Messerschmidt LMT, CMTPT,NCTMB
Rosen Method Practitioner


Trigger Points and Referred Pain Patterns
Treatment Techniques
Useful SelfCare Tools
Index of Low Back Pain Symptoms
Rectus Abdominis
Combined Buttocks Treatment
Pelvic Floor Muscles
Range of Motion Exercises
General Perpetuating Factors
Appendix SelfCare Quick Reference Guide and Summary of Tests for Muscle Dysfunction

Quadratus Lumborum
Gluteus Maximus
Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus

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Mary Biancalana, MS, CMTPT, LMT, is a certified myofascial trigger point therapist in Chicago, IL, who has been treating chronic and acute soft tissue pain since 1999. She has been a personal trainer and fitness instructor since 1986. Biancalana has spoken extensively on complex myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia, and has served as chairperson for the annual convention of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists. Biancalana has a particular interest in the detection and treatment of commonly overlooked perpetuating factors in chronic pain syndromes. Foreword writer Bernard E. Filner, MD, is a practicing anesthesiologist and non-interventional pain medicine practitioner with more than forty years of experience. A leading expert on pain treatment, Filner has held faculty positions at the University of California at San Diego, the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and the Department of Anesthesiology of George Washington University in Washington, DC. He now works in private practice, specializing in the treatment ofmyofascial pain and fibromyalgia. Sharon Sauer, CMTPT, LMT, is a myofascial trigger point therapist who has practiced in Chicago, IL, since 1986. She has successfully treated thousands of patients with chronic and acute soft tissue pain. Sauer has made significant contributions to the field of myofascial trigger point therapy, most notably, the incorporation of self-care training into treatment protocols for over sixty different kinds of myofascial pain and dysfunction. Sauer has been a featured speaker at the annual convention of the American Academy of Pain Management and has taught trigger point evaluation and elimination techniques to hundreds of doctors, osteopaths, dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and other health care practitioners.

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