Acupuncture, Trigger Points and Musculoskeletal Pain

3rd Edition

Print ISBN: 9780443066443
eBook ISBN: 9780702036002
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 7th December 2004
Page Count: 400


This new edition of this highly successful book describes how musculoskeletal pain can be simply and effectively treated by acupuncture. Building on a thorough review of the scientific evidence available, the provides a detailed and practical account of the many different forms of musculoskeletal pain and the specific ways in which acupuncture can be applied effectively to trigger points to alleviate this pain. Case studies are included to aid diagnosis and choice of treatment.

Key Features

  • Evidence-based, up-to-date, and detailed information on trigger points, musculoskeletal pain, and the physiology of pain provide the most authoritative assessments available on this topic.
  • Practical, step-by-step treatment guidelines help readers apply key concepts to actual practice.
  • Clear illustrations demonstrate important techniques and areas of pain and needling.
  • Expanded coverage of fibromyalgia and the neurophysiology of myofascial trigger points includes common symptoms and treatments.
  • More information on new treatment options for the common problem of whiplash injuries.

Table of Contents

PART ONE Acupuncture - a historical review.
Traditional Chinese acupuncture. How news of acupuncture and moxibustion spread from China to the outside world. The practice of acupuncture in the Western world during the 19th century
PART TWO Principles of trigger point acupuncture
Some basic observations leading to its development. Evolution of knowledge concerning syndromes for which it is employed. Neurophysiology of pain. Myofascial trigger point pain and fibromyalgia syndromes. Concurrent complex regional and myofascial trigger point pain syndromes. Neurophysiological pain - suppressing effects of acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Treatment of myofascial trigger point pain and fibromyalgia syndromes. Scientific evaluation of acupuncture's ability to relieve nociceptive pain.
PART THREE The practical application of trigger point acupuncture.
Chest pain. The painful shoulder. Pain in the neck. Pain in the arm. Pain in the head and face. Low-back pain. Pain in the lower limb. Pain in and around joints. Abdominal and pelvic pain.


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