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Trigger Point Self-Care Manual
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: What Are Trigger Points and How Do I Treat Them?

Chapter 2: Common Musculoskeletal Injuries and Trigger Points

HEAD AND FACE PAIN
Sternocleidomastoid
Posterior Cervicals--Semispinalis Capitis, Semispinalis Cervicis Splenius Capitis
Splenius Cervicis
Masseter
Temporalis
Pterygoids
--Medial Pterygoid, Lateral Pterygoid

NECK AND UPPER BACK PAIN
Trapezius
Levator Scapulae
Posterior Cervicals--
Semispinalis Capitis, Semispinalis Cervicis Splenius Cervicis
Rhomboids
Scalenes


SHOULDER PAIN
Infraspinatus
Teres Minor
Supraspinatus
Subscapularis
Pectoralis Major
Pectoralis Minor
Deltoid
Biceps Brachii
Scalenes
Latissimus Dorsi and Teres Major


ELBOW, ARM, AND HAND PAIN
Supraspinatus
Triceps Brachii
Brachioradialis
Brachialis
Hand and Finger Extensors
Hand and Finger Flexors
Subscapularis
Scalenes


TORSO PAIN
Erector Spinae--Iliocostalis Thoracis, Iliocostalis Lumborum, Longissimus Thoracis Iliopsoas
The Abdominals--Transversus Abdominis, External Oblique, Internal Oblique
The Abdominals--Rectus Abdominis
Serratus Anterior
Latissimus Dorsi


LOW BACK, BUTTOCK, HIP, AND THIGH PAIN
Erector Spinae--Iliocostalis Thoracis, Iliocostalis Lumborum, Longissimus Thoracis
Quadratus Lumborum
The Gluteals
--Gluteus Maximus
The Gluteals--Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Minimus
Piriformis
Tensor Fasciae Latae
Hamstrings--
Biceps Femoris, Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus

GROIN AND INNER THIGH PAIN
The Adductors--Adductor Magnus, Adductor Longus, Adductor Brevis
Pectineus
Gracilis


THIGH AND KNEE PAIN
Iliopsoas
Quadriceps Femoris
--Vastus Medialis, Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Intermedius, Rectus Femoris
Sartorius
Tensor Fasciae Latae
Hamstrings--
Biceps Femoris, Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus
Popliteus

LOWER LEG, ANKLE, AND FOOT PAIN
Gastrocnemius
Soleus
Tibialis Anterior
Tibialis Posterior
The Peroneals
--Peroneus Longus, Peroneus Brevis, Peroneus Tertius
Long Extensors of the Toes--Extensor Digitorum Longus, Extensor Hallucis Longus
Long Flexors of the Toes--Flexor Digitorum Longus, Flexor Hallucis Longus

Conclusion: Guidelines for Injury Prevention

Appendix 1: Associated Muscles

Appendix 2: Helpful Treatment Aids

Pain Pattern Index

Symptom Index

About the Author

Donna Finando, L.Ac., L.M.T., is a practitioner of acupuncture and massage, specializing in myofascial meridian therapy and myofascial release techniques for the treatment of chronic and acute pain. She studied extensively with Janet Travell, M.D., a pioneer in the field of pain management, and has taught myology and myofascial meridian therapy throughout the country for more than 20 years. She lives on Long Island, New York, where she has been in continual practice for the past 29 years. She is also the coauthor of Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain.

Reviews

"Acupuncture and massage practitioner Donna Finando, who specializes in myofascial techniques and has studied pain management with field pioneer Janet Travell, M.D., presents Trigger Point Self-Care Manual For Pain-Free Movement, a guide to self-care practices for promoting a healthier and happier life. Chapters examine the human body muscle by muscle, describing the different aches and pains that can result from stress or injury in each muscle, and teach readers about the "trigger points" in muscles that are particularly susceptible to damage and use pain as a warning sign to prevent even more serious injury. Exercises, stretches, and solid medical advice for taking good care of one's muscles fill this handy guide, written especially for lay readers and illustrated with black-and-white diagrams and red highlights. While the Trigger Point Self-Care Manual cannot replace a doctor's supervision, it is a valuable tool for personal health and maintenance and highly recommended, especially for people leading active lifestyles or those susceptible to muscular stiffness and soreness." * The Midwest Book Review, Feb 2006 *
"Any who suffer from muscle pain will find her methods specific and useful, based on her acupuncture and massage background and studies with Janet Travell, MD, a pioneer in pain management." * Diane Donovan, Bookwatch, April 2006 *
"With an index of symptoms and easy to follow diagrams and illustrations, Finando provides the opportunity to gain control over your pain through the self-application of trigger point therapy." * Spirit of Change, Summer 2006 *
"With an index of symptoms and easy to follow diagrams and illustrations, Finando offers you the opportunity to gain control over your pain through trigger point therapy." * Alec Franklor, Edge Life, June 2007 *

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