Myofascial Trigger Points: Pathophysiology and Evidence-Informed Diagnosis and Management

Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM-President, Bethesda Physiocare Inc., President, Myopain SeminarsPeter Huijbregts, PT, MSc, MHSc, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT-Assistant Professor, University of St. Augustine for Health Science

Another addition to the Jones and Bartlett Learning Series:
Contemporary Issues in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Medicine

Myofascial Trigger Points: Pathophysiology and Evidence-Informed Diagnosis and Management's emphasis is on the etiology of trigger points with a critical overview of current concepts. The contributing authors are the most respected myofascial pain research and practice experts. The authors address the etiology of trigger points, the epidemiology of myofascial pain, clinical management of patients, specific treatment issues, and the role of trigger points in various pain syndromes. This book is an accessible introduction to myofascial trigger points for physicians, therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, and massage therapists.

Features include:

  • A review of the integrated trigger point hypothesis.
  • Trigger points features are highlighted within the context of clinical manual medicine and manual therapy.   
  • A systematic analysis of the evidence with regard to effectiveness of non-invasive treatments.
  • Review of invasive therapies with specific attention to trigger point dry needling.
  • Detailed review of the proposed role of myofascial trigger points in peripheral and central sensitization.
  • Discussion of the interrater reliability of trigger point palpation in shoulder muscles.
  • Exploration of the contribution of myofascial trigger points in the etiology of chronic tension-type headaches.
  • Case history of a patient with chronic daily headache, emphasizing the integration of trigger point therapy into a broader therapeutic management approach.

INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES: PowerPoint Presentations and a Test Bank



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