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Trigger Point Therapy for Low Back Painby Sharon Sauer
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Learn the secrets to lasting pain relief: finding and deactivating trigger points, the underlying cause of most low back pain. Trigger points are sensitive tight spots in taut bands of muscle tissue. Treating trigger points that refer pain to the low back and buttock areas, rather than addressing only the specific sites of your pain, is the best way to comprehensively treat occasional or chronic discomfort and prevent it from coming back.
Packed with illustrated treatment techniques, Trigger Point Therapy for Low Back Pain offers effective strategies beginners can practice at home and detailed hands-on protocols health care practitioners can use while working with patients. Find out which of eleven muscles could be causing back pain, then learn specific trigger point treatments and correct underlying perpetuating factors to immediately relieve soreness and tension in these muscles. If you're ready to try a targeted approach to eliminating back pain, this manual will provide you with all the information you need to get started and end low back discomfort once and for all.
This book presents Sauer's trigger point therapy protocols for lumbar, buttock, and ilio-sacral pain. These gentle techniques are easy to learn and administer at home and include compression, stretching, and range of motion exercises for the muscles that refer pain to the lower back and hip areas.
In Trigger Point Therapy for Low Back Pain, author Sharon Sauer, a protege of trigger point therapy founders Janet Travell and David Simons, presents the first in her series of comprehensive trigger point therapy manuals. These manuals are designed to provide relief from muscle pain using both trigger point massage and other never-before-published techniques developed by Travell and Simons.
Working closely with trigger point pioneers Janet Travell and David Simons, Sharon Sauer developed a range of trigger point therapy treatment protocols for many areas of the body. Trigger Point Therapy for Low Back Pain presents her protocols for lumbar, buttock, and ilio-sacral pain. These gentle techniques are easy to learn and administer at home. They include compression, stretching, and range of motion exercises for the muscles that refer pain to the lower back and hip areas.
The book includes an overview of myofascial trigger point therapy, describing the basic process of treatment. It also includes an index of all pain and dysfunction symptoms pertaining to the hip and lower back, including pain, numbness, weakness, or restricted range of motion in specific areas, which will enable readers to find the muscles most likely to be the cause of the specific symptoms presented. Although the book is geared toward readers wishing to use the techniques for self-care, one chapter details how health care professionals can add these techniques to their practices.
About the Author
Mary Biancalana, MS, CMTPT, LMT, is a certified myofascial trigger point therapist in Chicago, IL, who has been treating chronic and acute soft tissue pain since 1999. She has been a personal trainer and fitness instructor since 1986. Biancalana has spoken extensively on complex myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia, and has served as chairperson for the annual convention of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists. Biancalana has a particular interest in the detection and treatment of commonly overlooked perpetuating factors in chronic pain syndromes.
Foreword writer Bernard E. Filner, MD, is a practicing anesthesiologist and non-interventional pain medicine practitioner with more than forty years of experience. A leading expert on pain treatment, Filner has held faculty positions at the University of California at San Diego, the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and the Department of Anesthesiology of George Washington University in Washington, DC. He now works in private practice, specializing in the treatment of myofascial pain and fibromyalgia.
Sharon Sauer, CMTPT, LMT, is a myofascial trigger point therapist who has practiced in Chicago, IL, since 1986. She has successfully treated thousands of patients with chronic and acute soft tissue pain. Sauer has made significant contributions to the field of myofascial trigger point therapy, most notably, the incorporation of self-care training into treatment protocols for over sixty different kinds of myofascial pain and dysfunction. Sauer has been a featured speaker at the annual convention of the American Academy of Pain Management and has taught trigger point evaluation and elimination techniques to hundreds of doctors, osteopaths, dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and other health care practitioners.
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