An Introduction to the Self Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points
Learn simple, cost effective techniques to help alleviate
chronic muscle pain

Myofascial Trigger Points (TrP’s) are very common and are responsible for many of our common, daily, complaints of “muscle-type” pain.

As a Physical Therapist, I have successfully added TrP therapy to my practice and have found it most useful for clients’ home exercise program, to compliment their stretching and strengthening exercises.

The classes is 1-day, from 9am -4pm and covers the most common TrP’s that I work with, starting from neck and headache pain, down to Achilles and foot issues. The class is step up with both lecture and lab time. TrP work will be taught with foam rollers, tennis and lacrosse balls, wooden dowels, and with Thera-canes. Participants will leave with a much greater understanding of how TrP’s work, aggravating factors, and how to help treat them.

The class is open to everyone. Healthcare professionals will benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of TrP work to help their clients improve overall function at a faster rate.

Lecture objectives
1. Define a myofascial TrP
2. Discuss the “science” of TrP’s
3. Explain the difference between a “latent” and “active” TrP
4. Understand the aggravating factors for TrP’s
5. Learn why “self–massage” may be the best treatment for TrP’s
6. Should I stretch or not? The science of stretching
7. Beyond the Basics: what to do if you are still in pain
8. Reference material and professional help

Lab objectives:
Learn how to locate and self-treat the most common TrP’s for the following conditions:
1. Headache and neck pain: scalenes, suboccipitals, SCM, upper trapezius, and masseter
2. Shoulder pain: subscapularis, infraspinatus, pectoralis, levator scapula
3. Elbow and wrist pain: extensor and flexor digitorum
4. Back pain: quadratus lumborum (T12 region), psoas, gluteals
5. Hip, ITB, and leg pain: gluteals, psoas, quadriceps, TFL
6. Shin “splints”: anterior tibialis
7. Achilles tendonitis: soleus

Comments from previous classes can be found here:

Please contact me if you have any additional questions,

Ed Deboo, PT