"Knowing how to touch the human body when it is in distress is the skill that links bodyworkers with physical--and oriental--medicine practitioners. Nowhere is this knowledge more developed than in the seminal work on trigger-point release of Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons. Their magnum opus now becomes eminently accessible in this clinically pragmatic manual. Informed Touch belongs in the office of every professional practicing a physical medicine of any kind."
Roberta F. Shapiro, D.O., Albert Einstein College of Medicine
: "Never before have the disciplines of myofascial pain release and meridian therapy been so beautifully and practically connected. Simply put, this book is a must for all practitioners of hands-on medicine."
Marilyn Freedman, P.T., certified childbirth educator : "Donna and Steven Finando have married some of the finest techniques that eastern and western physical medicine have to offer. Incredibly, they have done this in a single text, with excellent graphics, charts, and guidelines to specific soft-tissue work. This essential guide takes the place of many large volumes, especially when information is needed immediately. I highly recommend Informed Touch for not only the experienced practitioner, but for students as well."
Roberta F. Shapiro, D.O., Albert Einstein College of Medicine:
"Simply put, this book is a must for all practitioners of hands-on medicine."
Steven L. Rosenblatt, M.D., Ph.D., L.Ac., founder and past president of the California Acupuncture College : "This insightful book points out a new direction in medical therapeutics. It clearly delineates where the energetic field of the body intersects and animates the physical structure. By acting at this intersection, true healing can take place."
Tami Brady, TCM Reviews : ". . . in addition to those professional healing touch practitioners wanting to stretch their skills or needing a good myofascial pain reference book, that I also suggest this book to those who suffer from chronic pain and those that do any sort of physical activity that could result in muscular pain and fatigue."
Charlotte Michael Versagi, Massage Magazine, Nov-Dec 2005 : ". . . written carefully and thoughtfully, as if gently guiding the reader into an intimate understanding of what's happening in the body when a trigger point is present."
Diane Donovan, Bookwatch, April 2006 : "Any who suffer from muscle pain will find her methods specific and useful, based on her acupuncture and massage background and studies with Janet Travell, MD, a pioneer in pain management."
From the Back Cover
Myofascial pain syndromes are among the fastest growing problems that physicians, osteopaths, acupuncturists, and physical, occupational, and massage therapists encounter in their patients. In Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain Donna and Steven Finando have organized vast amounts of information on treating muscle pain into an accessible and comprehensive clinical reference manual for healthcare practitioners. They examine a wide range of pain patterns and present evaluation and palpation techniques for reducing trigger points--and thereby alleviating pain--in the most clinically significant musculature of the body.
This revised and fully expanded edition of Informed Touch begins with chapters on the concept of qi and its relationship to myology, the reasons for trigger point development, and palpatory skill-building techniques. Subsequent sections provide detailed information on individual muscles to teach clinicians to locate quickly and accurately specific points of pain and patterns of compensation. In addition to anatomical diagrams of trigger points and pain patterns, each muscle discussion includes illustrations showing self-help stretching techniques for home care. A visual index summarizes pain patterns and the muscles that may be involved. Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain is an invaluable resource for any professional involved with myofascial disorders.
DONNA FINANDO, L.Ac., L.M.T., has taught myology and myofascial meridian therapy throughout the country for more than twenty years. STEVEN FINANDO, Ph.D., L.Ac., is currently on the advisory board for the New York Chiropractic College School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Both studied extensively with Janet Travell, M.D., a pioneer in the field of pain management. Donna and Steven live on Long Island, New York, where they have been in continual practice for the past twenty-nine years.