The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, 2nd Edition

Category: Medicine
Author: Clair Davies, Amber Davies
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by thenomad   2017-08-19
Obvious question is obvious, but may also be helpful: have you seen a competent psychotherapist?

If the tension is indeed psychosomatic, then treating the psychological cause may be the way to go.

Other things that would be worth investigating: Alexander Technique, Pilates (yes, seriously. What you're describing could be breathing-related in particular, and Pilates is good at that stuff. Go for a teacher accredited by an organisation with a multi-year training program.), Tension Mytosis Syndrome, T'ai Chi (again, seriously. Good t'ai chi can be very useful), trigger point therapy (read, deep tissue massage (painful but effective).

by lutorm   2017-08-19
Trigger point therapy has made a world of difference for me, too, both for RSI and for neck problems due to and old motorcycle accident. Check this out:

I was first introduced to it by a physiatrist (no, not psychiatrist), which is a real MD. They had a team of essentially physical therapists that worked on trigger points. Even if your insurance doesn't cover massage, most will cover visits to such places, since it's under the care of a doctor.

by lutorm   2017-08-19
I have frequent headaches that were made a lot worse by a motorcycle accident a decade ago, and I've spent a lot of time experimenting with different things.

In my case, the biggest factor seems to be muscular, and doing trigger point massage has almost eliminated the problem. There are an amazing number of muscles that can cause some kind of headache (not just including neck muscles but also a bunch of jaw muscles reachable from the inside of your mouth...) It's now gotten to the point that depending on which type of headache (temple, top of head, stabbing in the eye, etc.) I get, I pretty much know which muscle to massage.

So, my obligatory reference for people who have chronic back pain or headaches: The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook