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Travell & Simons' Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual (2-Volume Set) [Hardcover]

by David G. Simons, Janet G. Travell, Lois S. Simons, Barbara D. Cummings
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November 1, 1998 0683307711 978-0683307719 2
Doody's Core Titles 2009.

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  • Hardcover: 2 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; 2 edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0683307711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0683307719
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 3.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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174 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate in drug-free pain relief! January 24, 2001
Format:Hardcover
As a Clinical Massage Therapist at a hospital, I use these books almost daily. In fact, I just ordered my second set. . . The first is so threadbare it's barely usable. ANYTIME I have a patient with a pain that I can't immediately identify I grab my Travell's. This set is an absolute BIBLE for anyone in the health care industry. Travell and Simons have esentially written "The Instruction Manual" for elliminating myofascial pain by going to it's source!
Janet Travell, MD and David Simons, MD were absolute pioneers when it came to myofascial pain and it's treatment. What makes these books even more amazing is that they were written a full quarter of a century before doctors even acknowledged that myofascial pain actually exsisted. . . What makes them interesting is that, in this, the most current edition, they have re-evaluated about 65% of the sites that before would only be considered for cortizone or saline injection and now recommend these areas be attended to by a Massage Therapist. They even go into strong detail as to stroke, direction and stretching. There are still plenty of sites that they recommend for injection, but only in a last resort situation.
The chapters are laid out in an incredibly easy to understand manner, though that's not even the beauty of the book's design. If you know the name of the muscle in question, you simply look inside the front cover; the muscle are all listed with their coresponding page numbers next to them. Don't know the name or not sure which muscle it is in the group? No problem. You again open the front cover and there, in 5th grade simplicity, are charts for all the areas covered in the book. Flip to the area in question and look through the diagrams.
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90 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book holds the key to most chronic pain. April 14, 1999
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Triggger Point Manuals are the definitive texts on myofascial medicine. Myofascial medicine impacts every practitioner of medicine. At least half of the patients in any general practice have myofascial trigger points. This book should not be on your shelves--it should be in your hands! If doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists and physical therapists knew how this book could impact their practice and their patients' lives, the publishers would not be able to keep up with the demand for it. This book carefully explains the difference between fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, with new findings on the nature of trigger points. The trigger points of the upper body are explained, with their referral patterns, as well as why they can occur, and what to do about them. Every minute you spend with this book will be worth the time.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tour de Force November 1, 2000
Format:Hardcover
Janet Travell MD and David Simons MD spent a lifetime studying the patterns and treatment of muscular and soft tissue pain in patients. It is a specialty in itself, and provides an amazingly detailed review of anatomy. These books are the bible on the subject written by the "mother" and "father" of the specialty. There will hardly be a day in the professional life of a busy primary care practitioner, rheumatologist, orthopedist, neurologist, physiatrist or physical therapist when these books will not be used. The more one knows of this field, the more revelations one gets into those difficult chronic pain patients. The etiology and muscular complexity of the huge field of "tension headache" syndromes now become clear. With these books you will have the tools to diagnose and treat effectively (usually dramatically) the entire spectrum of myofascial pain from head to toe, muscle by muscle. Why do so few physicians know of this vital area of medicine?
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT TEXT FOR THE PRMARY CARE PROVIDER August 1, 1999
Format:Hardcover
DR. TRAVELL DOES AN OUTSTANDING JOB INVESTIGATING AND REPORTING ON A BRANCH OF MEDICINE THAT VERY FEW PHYSICIANS UNDERSTAND. SHE HAS PROVIDED US WITH A COOK BOOK METHOD OF TREATING MYOFACIAL PAIN. SHE HAS TAKEN AN UNEXPLORED AREA OF MEDICINE, RESEARCHED IT, AND DEVISED A METHOD OF TREATMENT. I HAVE INCORPORATED HER TECHNIQUES INTO MY PRACTICE, AND I HAVE HAD GREAT SUCCESS. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND HER COMPLLETE SET OF TEXTS TO ALL PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS. LEARNING AND PERFECTING HER TECHNIQUES DEMANDS MUCH TIME, HOWEVER, THE RESULTS ARE AMAZING.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Text September 13, 2000
Format:Hardcover
The Trigger Point Manual is a two volume set detailing the current state of knowledge of trigger points and myofascial pain for both the upper body, vol. 1, and the lower extremities, vol. 2. It also contains fascinating analysis of how muscles work in different situations, offering insight into aspects of human movement. These wonderful books are essential reading for all manual therapists.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for LMT's May 8, 2009
By N. Nick
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My daughter is a licensed massage therapist and was saving to purchase this set. She found them available at Amazon.com at a very reasonable price. This set is very highly recommended by massage schools nationwide, containing no-nonsense how-to's with direct instruction. My daughter used several techniques on her patients the first week she received her manuals, and provided great relief from their pain.

I guarantee if you mention this set to any LMT, they will be very familiar with it. It's a wonderful investment and will never become outdated. That is a guarantee by both schools and LMT's!
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect condition
Books were brand new as advertised. Books arrived immediately. I'm not sure what I would do without my Travell manual.
Published 1 month ago by victor ruggiero
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather technical and sometimes confusing
This set of books must be intended for Osteopathic physicians. I have a masters degree in a hard science and a moderate understanding of medical terminology and still have to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by lefty
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Resource
We used this as a reference book when I was going to Massage school. This is an absolutely essential resource book for anyone working with the human body: doctors, massage... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ruth
4.0 out of 5 stars Great books
Appear to be an extremely thorough source of information by the experts I hope it adds to my understanding to aid others.
Published 4 months ago by L H
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for the manual therapist
Excellent book for a manual therapist. Great anatomy pictures and useful index of referring pain patterns. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deborah Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 volume series
Excellent 2 volume series well written. great for those interested in pain management. Excellent Reference Book and worth the price.
Published 5 months ago by Richard Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Travell and Simons
I have wanted this set for years..I am a PT...but the cost always made me cool my heels. This used set was in wonderful shape , arrived quickly, and I could not be more pleased!
Published 6 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
great manual techniques to adapt, easy to learn and teach the patient. Would recommend to anyone of my Physical therapy collegues.
Published 7 months ago by marva marsh-ginyard
5.0 out of 5 stars Travell & Simons
The two volumes are to be on the desk and information to used. I am an Asian Bodyworker but constantly use the information as part of my assessment. Read more
Published 11 months ago by L. Nakanishi
5.0 out of 5 stars a complete look at myofascial pain and dysfunction in a beautifuly...
travell and simons have given all up and coming therapists a great head start in soft tissue therapies. Read more
Published 11 months ago by peter doyle
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2 volumes set
i would also like to know if the 2 volumes set is the upper and lower extremities or only the upper extremities split into 2 volumes ?
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