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“The hallmark of this book is the ‘Gallery’ which contains detailed discussions of selected muscles throughout the body. The reader will find detailed medical information about the function of each muscle complete with medical illustrations of the highest quality. … [This book] not only serves as a textbook and valuable reference, but also an eye-opener for those who have struggled with chronic pain and other symptoms that have until now eluded diagnosis and effective treatment!” —Fibromyalgia Frontiers
“The book is written in a way that is approachable to patients and those who do not have a background in health care. Detailed illustrations help to facilitate a deeper understanding of complex patterns of pain referral and also demonstrate location of muscles. …. This text is a great resource for patients with trigger points, fibromyalgia, and chronic myofascial pain, and can be a great tool for making the patient an active participant in their care. In addition to being a resource for patients, this book would be a great addition to any student’s or clinician’s library and would go a long way toward facilitating more successful outcomes with patients in this population.” —Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
About the Author
DEVIN J. STARLANYL has published over 100 articles on fibromyalgia and myofascial pain in national and international medical journals and is the coauthor of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain and author of The Fibromyalgia Advocate. JOHN SHARKEY, MSc, is a physiologist, anatomist, neuromuscular therapist, and the author of The Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy. The author lives in West Chesterfield, NH/Dublin, Ireland.
This is a book for everyone, not just those with Fibromyalgia! I am a Trigger Point Therapist and I will suggest this book to everyone. Almost everyone has some myofascial dysfunction even if you have never hear of it. It is the most common cause of pain, plain and simple! People come to my office with everything from recurring headache/migraines, general "stiff and sore", injuries, repetitive strain injuries, old auto or fall injuries, new auto or fall injuries, pain related to surgery or broken bones to "I just kind of hurt all over, mostly my hip" and they are all helped by treating the offending trigger points!
By reading the first 50 pages, you will know more about myofascial pain than most healthcare providers. If you are a healthcare provider, reading this book is a MUST. Most every "unexplained pain complaint" is described and solutions are given. Very few people "make up" pain, it is real, the problem is that a good deal of pain is referred pain from these Myofascial Trigger Points and to eliminate the pain, they must be found and treated properly.
This book can satisfy the "just show me the pictures" type of learner and the "explain every detail" type too! Do yourself a favor and read the chapters explaining what Myofascial Pain is, why it is there, what happens when you treat the trigger points and how to keep them from coming back! Do this and THEN go to the pages with the pictures of your pain!
Devin has done a superb job of writing a guide for the person with pain, the family and friends of someone in pain, the body workers who deal with pain and the medical professionals that see these people every day! You, your family member, your friend, your client or patient is not crazy or making this stuff up! Help everyone involved by using this book or/and helping them to find a professional that is well trained in the treatment of the cause!
Healing through Trigger Point Therapy is an insightful book about the most common causes of chronic pain- myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. These conditions cause more pain, misery, sleepless nights, and disability that any other condition, yet it is often neglected by most health care providers. Devin Starlanyl and John Sharkey provide us with a well-documented, practical, and clearly illustrated book for both patients and health care providers to help them understand and manage these conditions. The book reviews both the mechanisms that underlie these conditions as well as details the muscles that can cause face pain, headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, thigh pain and others. The illustrations by Amanda William are excellent in demonstrating the muscles and their pain referral patterns that can confuse many clinicians. This book is strongly recommended for both patients and health care providers alike.
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Starlanyl and Sharkey make it very clear that trigger points (TrPs), and the pain and other symptoms they cause, can be mistaken for many things. As the authors point out, TrPs have been imaged by the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic. The authors explain the role of the mitochondria, muscles, connective tissue, metabolic problems, kinetics, and chemical reactions in detail. Chronic myofascial pain (CMP) is a physiological condition. You can't relax a shortened, dysfunctional muscle with TrPs without physical intervention, and tissues close to the TrPs develop a serious energy deficit. Trigger points are "very real," state the authors. The authors are clearly invested in education and offer information on probably every helpful therapy available; they leave no stone is left unturned.
Of particular interest to the reader, is the author's use of different scenarios to explain what it is like to live with CMP (also known as myofascial pain syndrome, MPS). They explain the importance of identifying perpetuating factors. Some factors can be addressed by life-style changes; however, there are those that cannot, such as anatomical deformity. Starlanyl and Sharkey offer extensive information on perpetuating factors responsible for development and sustenance of TrPs that cause chronic myofascial pain, but they don't leave you there; they offer solutions to every possible perpetuating factor.
There is great deal of confusion between fibromyalgia (FM) and CMP. Starlanyl and Sharkey clear up the confusion by explaining that FM is the centralization (amplification) of pain, which is perpetuated by untended trigger points.Read more ›
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Full of golden nuggets for the CMP patient. Example: I learned my teres minor would not release until TPs in my legs/hip were corrected first. In the section for hips/legs, I found the ORDER of releasing TPs is crucial because of 'reciprocal inhibition' and delays in recruitment in the muscles. Thankfully, the ORDER of which to do 1st, next etc is clearly described. Is making a big difference in the effectiveness of my self-treatments. An important part of it is getting you focused on what to do next. If all your muscles have numerous triggerpoints and you have FM amplifying the pain and dyesthesias from TPs gone wild you can't just 'treat all of them', you have to focus on the most important problems and do the 4 most effective things each day. Devin helps you figure out what those are and guides you to treat them in an orderly manner. I've barely gone deep into the book on a few muscle groups, but this is the primary TP resource for me today. Clair Davies book was transformative to the newbie in treating TPs, but this book will take you to the next level in sorting out your complex CMP patterns. Devin Starlanyl GETS IT! because she is a patient and knows all the crap we have to deal with just to be taken seriously. A major leap from the last book and much more useful. Somethings are not fully explained- but there is more than enough to satisfy all.
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