Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain: The Practice of Informed Touch

Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain: The Practice of Informed Touch

Donna Finando

Myofascial pain syndromes are among the fastest growing problems that physicians, osteopaths, acupuncturists, and physical, occupational, and massage therapists encounter in their patients. In Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain Donna and Steven Finando have organized vast amounts of information on treating myofascial pain into an accessible "user's manual" for healthcare practitioners. They examine a wide range of pain patterns and present evaluation and palpation techniques for reducing trigger points--and thereby alleviating pain--in the most clinically significant musculature of the body.

This comprehensive yet easy-to-use reference guide to treatment of muscle pain begins with chapters on the concept of Qi and its relationship to myology, specific trigger point location and activation, and palpatory skill-building techniques. Subsequent sections provide detailed information on each muscle to teach clinicians to locate quickly and accurately individual points of pain and compensation. A visual index allows easy identification of the muscles that may be involved. Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain provides necessary and invaluable information for sufferers and any professional involved with myofascial disorders.

Donna Finando, L.Ac., L.M.T., has taught myology and myofascial meridian therapy throughout the country for more than twenty years. Steven Finando, Ph.D., L.Ac., is currently on the advisory board for the New York Chiropractic College School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Both studied extensively with Janet Travell, M.D., a pioneer in the field of pain management. Donna and Steven live on Long Island, New York, where they have been in continual practice for the past 29 years.

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JCM Review

"Knowing how to touch the human body when it is in distress is the skill that links bodyworkers with physical--and oriental--medicine practitioners. Nowhere is this knowledge more developed than in the seminal work on trigger-point release of Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons. Their magnum opus now becomes eminently accessible in this clinically pragmatic manual. Informed Touch belongs in the office of every professional practicing a physical medicine of any kind."
Mark D. Seem, Ph.D., L.Ac., President, Tri-State College of Acupuncture, author of Bodymind Energetics, A New American Acupuncture, and Acupuncture Physical Medicine

Contents

Introduction: A Gathering of Forces: Toward an Era of Interdisciplinary Cooperation in the Treatment of Pain

Chapter 1 The Nature of Muscles and Trigger Points

Chapter 2 Qi, Movement, and Health

Chapter 3 Informed Touch

Chapter 4 Diagnosis and Treatment

Chapter 5 How to Use This Manual

Muscles of the Head, Neck, and Face
Sternocleidomastoid • Scalenes • Splenius Capitis • Splenius Cervicis • Posterior Cervicals • Temporalis • Masseter • Pterygoids

Muscles of the Shoulder Girdle
Trapezius • Levator Scapulae • Rhomboids • Serratus Anterior • Pectoralis Minor

Muscles of the Upper Limb
Pectoralis Major • Deltoid • Latissimus Dorsi • Teres Major • Supraspinatus • Infraspinatus • Teres Minor • Subscapularis • Biceps Brachii • Triceps Brachii • Brachialis • Brachioradialis • Hand and Finger Extensors • Hand and Finger Flexors

Muscles of the Torso
Erector Spinae • Quadratus Lumborum • Iliopsoas • Rectus Abdominis • Abdominals

Muscles of the Lower Limb
Gluteus Maximus • Gluteus Medius • Gluteus Minimus • Tensor Fasciae Latae • Piriformis • Hamstrings • Quadriceps • Adductors • Pectineus • Gracilis • Sartorius • Popliteus • Gastrocnemius • Soleus • Tibialis Posterior • Tibialis Anterior • Peroneal Muscles • Long Extensors of the Toes • Long Flexors of the Toes

Appendix 1: Meridian Pathways

Appendix 2: On Cutaneous Zones

Appendix 3: Commonly Used Acupoints

Pain Pattern Index

Symptom Index

Bibliography

Overview

AuthorDonna Finando
Publication Date01/08/2005
PublisherHealing Arts Press
Number Of Pages256
Book FormatSoftback
ISBN9781594770548

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