Just finished a review article of the Triggerpoint Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies - http://massage-techniques.suite101.com/a
Enjoy! Angela <><
One of the most useful features of the trigger point work book is to allow a massage therapist to give specific self massage guidance. I have special sheets with the page numbers of all the muscles in the work book. I can then send a sheet home with my clients so they can perform specific self care. Another benefit of the book is when clients become familiar with its use they return with much more specific descriptions of their symptoms. I've had client who went on vacation and visited other therapists. They have come back shaking their head because by using the book themselves for several years the other therapists couldn't follow along with their knowledge of the clinical significance of specific trigger points in conditions such as frozen should.
I am planning a separate article about client education and will be sure to mention that! Great tips.
It is one of my favorite reference books and I use it a lot to show clients why I'm working specific areas, what imbalance and strain patterns we are trying to correct, etc.
I also find the visuals really help them.
Have you talked with Clair's daughter Amber? She's a little more available these days. I helped them teach a seminar a few years back.
I disagree with his position on stretching the evidence for the effectiveness of PIR on trigger point reduction is pretty substantial.
Also he doesn't cover the mechanical effect, or postural component. Of course if he did it would be a little difficult for an average person to use the book easily.
nice to meet you BTW
Nice to meet you too!! I'm in the middle-of-no-where Oklahoma
No - I tried to email Amber from the contact for on the website and it bounced back....do you have a current email? (send to ang.england at yahoo)
You're right that the book is more designed for layperson and doesn't cover the mechanics but I studied a lot of that with the Erik Dalton MAT courses but still use the trigger point therapy workbook for visual aid with my clients sometimes.
Never thought about copying off pages and sending home with them though.
Actually after a session or two my client usually just buy the book. I have a photocopied form with all the muscles, page numbers and I just note right left and order of importance for the client to work.
I also will do sessions where i show the husband wife etc how to do the work.
I'll track down ambers email and phone number for you...
I found most texts are just shadows of the travell and simmons books. The workshops run buy the travell pain center are great. It's cool to be in a seminar with p.t.s orthopedic specialists etc..
so can I just call you okie ?