A Massage Therapist's Guide to Understanding, Locating and Treating Myofascial Trigger Points

1st Edition


  • Sandy Fritz
  • Leon Chaitow
    • Print ISBN 9780443102004

    Key Features

    • Abundant illustrations and photos.
    • Easy reference, with simple language.
    • Key Concepts boxes in each chapter.
    • Companion website demonstrating palpation and treatment methods.

    Table of Contents

    1. Myofascial and other pain

    2. How trigger points start – the big and the small picture

    3. Different trigger points characteristics

    4. Maps and other ways of locating trigger points

    5. 'Measuring the pain'

    6. Finding trigger points by palpation

    7. How to treat trigger points manually

    8. Integrating trigger point application into massage

    9. Non-manual trigger point deactivation methods


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    Churchill Livingstone
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    About the authors

    Sandy Fritz

    Sandy Fritz, MS, LMT is the Owner, Director, and Head Educator of the Health Enrichment Center, Inc., School of Therapeutic Massage. Also in private practice for almost 30 years, Sandy works with a diverse clientele, dealing with everything from stress management massage to physician-referred rehabilitative care upon physician referral. She has developed and supervises a student massage clinic with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. She also provides professional sports massage and rehabilitation for individual athletes, primarily in golf, football, basketball, and baseball. In addition to being published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Sandy is a prominent author of many Elsevier massage therapy resources, including: Sports & Exercise Massage: Comprehensive Care in Athletics, Fitness, & Rehabilitation Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Mosby’s Essential Sciences for Therapeutic Massage Mosby’s Massage Therapy Review Mosby’s Curriculum Guide for Massage Therapy Mosby’s Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage Video Series, Volumes 1-4

    Leon Chaitow

    Leon Chaitow ND DO is an internationally known and respected osteopathic and naturopathic practitioner and teacher of soft tissue manipulation methods of treatment. He is author of over 60 books, including a series on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation (Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release Techniques, Modern Neuromuscular Techniques) and also Palpation Skills; Cranial Manipulation: Theory and Practice; Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treatment, and many more. He is editor of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, that offers a multidisciplinary perspective on physical methods of patient care. Leon Chaitow was for many years senior lecturer on the Therapeutic Bodywork degree courses which he helped to design at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, where is he now an Honorary Fellow. He continues to teach and practice part-time in London, when not in Corfu, Greece where he focuses on his writing.