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Trigger Point Therapy - Sciatica
by Judith Winer on Jan 04, 2016
When we analyse the traffic through our clinics at the end of each quarter, sciatica seems to be always up there in the top ten. There are probably two good reasons for this. The first is that sciatica is one of those conditions where the pain can be extremely severe. The second, is that manual therapy has long since been recognised as being effective for providing relief, even by most medical doctors. In fact, any therapist familiar with trigger point therapy will tell you that they're always upbeat going in to treat sciatica, as the effects of the therapy are in most cases, extremely positive. This is something that has been reaffirmed in a number of studies.
Sadly, too many therapists remain out of the loop, when it comes to understanding trigger points. In the case of some (mostly PT's, but others included) there is still a tremendous cynicism. This is generally because these therapists have received a negatively biased education, and have somehow avoided the opportunities to learn and explore trigger point therapy first hand.
For anyone willing to take the time to piece it all together, there is plenty of freely available research to support trigger point therapy. Mainstream acceptance of trigger point therapy has grown rapidly in recent years. We're committed to playing our part to push for the introduction of trigger point therapy as a standard teaching requirement for all manual therapists.
In todays trigger point blog we take a deeper look at where trigger points come from.
Attention all Pennsylvania Massage Therapists! Looking for those last 16 hands on Continuing Education credits before renewing your license in January 2013? Have you always wanted to learn more about trigger point therapy techniques but couldn't find something close and affordable?
The Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodywork ((610) 705-4401, 41 E High St, , Pottstown, 19464) in Pottstown, PA is pleased to be offering Introduction to Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy by Board Certified Trigger Point Therapist, Jeffrey A. Lutz, CMTPT on December 15th and 16th, 2012. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to learn the basics of the Travell and Simons Trigger Point Therapy protocol from an expert in the field.
Jeff is a Board Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and has been in active practice since 2001. He attended The Pittsburgh School of Pain Management, which is an accredited program for Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy and he board certified in 2002. Jeff maintains thriving clinical practices in both Greensburg and Pleasant Hills, PA.
Cost of the seminar is $300 for 16 NCBTMB approved CE's. Classes are Saturday and Sunday, December 15th and 16th from 9:00 am to 5:30PM.
Dress in loose fitting attire and be prepared for hands on technique training including self care floor exercise and movement.
Catered lunch (vegetarian options available) provided Saturday and Sunday by The Pressure Positive Company, manufacturing Original Self Care Solutions including the Backnobber II Massage Tool since 1979.
Don't miss this chance to learn trigger point techniques from a leader in the field! Call AMTB now to register, limited space available: (610) 705-4401.
Learn more about this seminar: Intro to Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Author and Instructor to Speak at Conferences,
West Coast Seminar Tour Fall 2012
(Anchorage, AK) April 4, 2012: Author and continuing education instructor Valerie DeLaune will be presenting on trigger points at three conferences in 2012.
According to DeLaune, “Around 75% of pain is caused by trigger points; yet in spite of decades of research, it is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in medicine. I’d like to change that by heightening awareness through magazine articles, books, and courses for health care professionals.” She will be speaking at the American Massage Therapy Association Washington Convention in Tacoma in April, the World Massage Conference in June (a web-based conference), and the Northwest Symposium in Portland, Oregon, also in June.
Trigger points are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscles that feel like “knots” or tight bands. About 74% of the time, trigger points “refer” pain to a different area -- they are not located within the area in which a patient is actually feeling symptoms, so treating the area of pain does not afford relief. For example, if someone has pain in their hand and fingers, it is probably being referred from trigger points in muscles in their neck, shoulder area, or forearm. Pain and other symptoms can be relieved if the trigger point is treated with pressure or other techniques.
DeLaune says “People live with a lot more pain than they need to. There really is a lot they can do to help themselves, and become informed about their options for treatments. The earlier the intervention in a painful condition, the more likely the degree and duration of pain can be reduced or eliminated.”
DeLaune will also be touring West Coast States Fall 2012 teaching seminars for health care professionals in Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.
You can find out more information about DeLaune’s books, speaking engagements, and seminars for health care professionals at http://www.triggerpointrelief.com.
Attention folks in the Chicago area!
We hope this message finds you well -- better yet, pain free and fully functioning! We're writing today to share news of an upcoming SELF CARE CLASS.
MYO Pain Relief Center, in partnership with SkyLab and YogaNow, will be hosting a Self-Care Workshop for everyone who's interested -- myofascial patients, yogis, alternative health practitioners and health-minded individuals alike.
Beyond formal therapeutic sessions, self-care is a big part of the ongoing healing process – enabling pain sufferers to relieve their pain problems and prevent recurrence. So, if you'd like to increase your knowledge of self-care and get some hands-on practice, join us for an evening of fun and healing through stretching and compression.
Below, you'll find the event details in a flier that we've attached.