The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

Author: David G. Simons MD
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by switch007   2021-01-12
I have this one:

ISBN 1608824942

by mpwakefield   2019-11-17

NAD. Massage therapy grad and have dealt with this myself for years. Get this book: and see if you can find a massage therapist who is knowledgeable about dealing with trigger points.

by Triabolical_   2019-11-17

Buy this book.

I'd tried a bunch of different things, and understanding how trigger points work and how to treat them has been really helpful.

I would also check to see if you have anterior pelvic tilt; that puts a lot of extra stress on the back muscles.

by breadyandwaiting   2019-11-17 that's the version I have -- when combined with a proper PT program to address any major mechanical deficits (I had a poorly positioned pelvis that was wreaking all kinds of havoc) you should be able to get back to what you love. I was literally in pain every step for years and now can do any kind of athletic activity I want, so there's hope!

by Triabolical_   2019-07-21

First off, stop riding if you are in that much pain, and lay off the Ibuprofen. It's not good on an ongoing basis.

Things to think about:

  • Bike fit can be a contributor to back pain, and a fit is a great thing to do if you've never had one. You will be *much* happier on a ride like the MS150 if you've had a good fit.
  • Tight hip flexors and/or anterior pelvic tilt can cause significant back issues. If you spend a lot of time sitting (I did), this is more likely. This takes time to fix, and when you do hip flexor stretches you need to make sure you do them with good form; most people do them wrong and if you do them wrong you will make it worse. This video is pretty good.
  • A weak posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes, and back muscles) can cause back issues.
  • Finally, muscle trigger points in the back can cause referred pain - pain that shows up somewhere else - and be a big issue. They were for me. Somebody who knows trigger point massage can help a lot; if you want to self-treat, I really like the trigger point therapy workbook.


Note that backs are a bit strange; you can have chronic issues and not really notice them and then you do something and you start getting acute pain. Waiting for the pain to go away doesn't fix the underlying chronic issues and means you are likely to get more pain in the future.

by Triabolical_   2019-07-21

40 was when I really noticed that I needed to be more diligent in my training. I'm 55 now, and I stay in shape by never getting out of shape.

Backs are weird things. My experience is that rest might get the back pain to go away, but unless you address the underlying issues, it's going to keep coming back.

Big contributors for me were:

  • Anterior pelvic tilt due to tight hip flexors
  • Weak posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes)
  • Significant muscle trigger points in my mid-back
  • Tight pecs and inflexible cervical spine.

The first two were from sitting too much and too much time on the bicycle.

It took a lot of work and some PT to get to a space where my back is generally not an issue for the activities that I do. I especially recommend the Trigger point therapy workbook.

by isdw96   2019-07-21

Try the TMJ treatments in this book.

I used it for my carpal tunnel/TOS worked wonders

Also you can search “jaw-neck sequence” by kit Laughlin on YouTube

Let me know how it goes