The Concise Book of Trigger Points has been written for the student and early practitioner of massage / bodywork, physical therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports therapy, and any other health-related field. Containing full-colour illustrations, it is a compact reference guide, and explains how to treat chronic pain through trigger points - tender, painful nodules that form in muscle fibres and connective tissues. The first four chapters provide a sound background to the physiology of trigger points, and the general methods of treatment. The following six chapters are organized by muscle groups; each two-page spread features detailed colour illustrations of each major skeletal muscle, and straightforward text identifying each muscle's origin, insertion, action, and function. In addition, the author discusses the physiological implications of the trigger points in each muscle, and techniques for treatment. A new self-help section at the end of the book, covers ten common conditions, with advice for each.
Simeon Niel-Asher B. Phil., B.Sc., (Ost.), qualified as an osteopath in 1992. Simeon uses trigger point therapy in his every day work and is the inventor of the Niel-Asher technique(TM) for treating frozen shoulder syndrome. Named by the Evening Standard newspaper as one of the Top 10 osteopaths in London, he is author of the best selling Treat your own Frozen Shoulder book and DVD. He is involved in treating, research, writing, and teaching throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the USA.
“Having received trigger point therapy and found it extremely useful, as a massage therapist myself, I wanted to learn more. I was not disappointed. What a great visual and informative book. It did not baffle me with too much anatomical information but told me just enough. Anyone without my training could pick up this book and learn a lot from it.”
“This really is the best book on the subject of trigger point therapy. Clear and concise diagrams of pain referral patterns make locating the culprit muscle and dealing with the problem so much easier. The author also details other possible causes of pain and suggests consideration of alternative therapy avenues to try. This is simply a ‘must have’ book for any serious remedial or sports massage therapist.”