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Trigger Point Therapy - Sciatica

By Pressure Positive January 4, 2016 No comments

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.

Bonnie Prudden Memorial Scholarship announced.

By Pressure Positive September 17, 2014 No comments

Join Enid Whittaker at the 2012 World Massage Festival in launching a new memorial scholarship award to celebrate Bonnie Prudden's life and achievements.

Each year, one attending therapist's name will be drawn for the Bonnie Prudden Memorial Scholarship. That therapist will receive FREE World Massage Festival registration for life! Enid will draw the first name to win the scholarship.

7th Annual World Massage Festival
2012 World Massage Festival - August 19-22, 2012
Tuscany Suites & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Earn up to 26 CE hours (NCBTMB-approved)
$400 for all the workshops you want to take! Register by April 30 and you can pay in 3 payments!
Full details at

Not only will you get your HANDS-ON continuing education from world-class instructors, but your networking opportunities are boundless! We have attendees coming from 46 of the 50 states, Australia and Trinidad. Take classes alongside Massage Therapy Hall of Famers and join in the Facebook & Friends Meetup after the Hall of Fame Ceremony.

Register online at or call and register by phone!

Plan ahead and register for 2013 at:


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MYO Pain Relief Center and MYO Trigger Point Seminars in Chicago

By Pressure Positive September 15, 2014 No comments

(a MYO Trigger Point Seminar)
7 NCBTMB Approved CEUs
March 20th in Chicago, IL

We are excited to invite you to our training location at PACIFIC COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE for our upcoming seminar.

Acquire the fastest, most effective pain relief techniques through hands-on training with two leaders in the field:

Sharon Sauer CMTPT, LMT &
Mary Biancalana, MS, CMTPT, LMT, CPT
Register by March 10th for the Early Bird Discount!!!

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

• Contrast the differences between standard practice for acute and sports injuries- RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) and the methods of the myofascial trigger point therapist MICE (MTrP Therapy, Ice, Compression, Exercise)....RICE is nice, MICE is better!!
• Explain why trigger point techniques can help the athlete get back into the game within 15-30 minutes of being injured
• Demonstrate how to deactivate trigger points in muscles that refer to an injured area
• Demonstrate understanding of 15 minute myofascial quick fix protocols by: putting muscle tissue "on the stretch" and doing gentle compression over general area, performing gentle or deep gliding strokes with a lubricant, spraying vapocoolant, or ice followed by heat
• Demonstrate how to objectively measure improvements in pain levels and range of motion using a tape measure, pressure algometer and goniometer.
• Understand how many athletes mistake pain in an area for an injury. Myofascial pain can be debilitating, but it does not mean an area is "injured."
• Learn how to communicate with practitioners like Personal Trainers and Athletic Trainers, who work with athletes. Learn how to help them keep their clients pain free and fully functional and in tip-top performance shape.

Our online registration form is not up and running on the website as of yet. Please call to register for our classes 773.583.4145

Other MYO Trigger Point Seminars include:
• Principles of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy (FREE!!!): 4 hrs.
• The Business of Myfascial Trigger Point Therapy: 7 hrs.
• Eliminating Neck Pain; April, 14hrs.
• Head and Jaw; May, 14 hrs.
• Shoulder, Upper Back and Upper Arm; June, 14 hrs.
• Elbow, Forearm and Hand; July, 14 hrs.
• Chest, Abdomen and Mid Back; August, 14 hrs.
• Low Back and Hip; September, 14 hrs.
• Buttocks and Sacrum; October, 14 hrs.
• Thigh and Knee; November, 14 hrs.
• Calf and Ankle; December, 14 hrs.
• Foot; January 2011, 14 hrs.
New book by Sharon Sauer and Mary Biancalana!

"This book is designed for the lay person. It also has detailed sections for hands-on practitioners. It is a must-have for anyone who wants to eliminate low back and buttocks pain."
-Mark Boone LAc, Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist; AnnArbor MI

Powerful and Effective Relief for Low Back Pain
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 massage treatments 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 does modern medicine a great service... [and is] presented effectively for the primary reader, the patient."
-David G. Simons, MD, associate voluntary professor at Emory University and coauthor of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook

"Sharon Sauer and Mary Biancalana have written a marvelous book that takes the reader from low back pain symptoms to self-management. They have given us a gold-mine of information in a user-friendly format. The workbook includes detailed illustrations that are wonderful guides to treatment. Their work is based on the time-tested insights of Janet Travell and David Simons, whose wisdom graces the pages of this fine manual. I can recommend this book to all who suffer from occasional or chronic low back pain."
-Robert D. Gerwin, MD, associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

"This book does modern medicine a great service by beginning to fill the enormous chasm of missing literature on low back pain. The skilled authors emphasize its cause and illustrate effective treatments. The book is organized with eloquent headings and presented effectively for the primary reader, the patient."
-David G. Simons, MD, associate voluntary professor at Emory University and coauthor of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook

"This book is for everyone from the layperson with low back pain to the medical practitioner who wants to learn effective treatments for myofascial pain. The authors have covered all the essentials: understanding pain that comes from trigger points, examining yourself or your patients, and developing a treatment plan. This book features clear illustrations with descriptions of pain patterns, self-care, exercises and professional techniques that really work. This is a must for everyone who experiences low back pain or treats it professionally!"
-Angelique C. Mizera, DO, Swedish Covenant Pain Center in Chicago, IL

Call now to register for our Trigger Point Seminars!
(773) 583-4145

For more information or to download a Seminar Series Brochure, visit our website at:

NAMTPT 2010 Annual Conference

By Pressure Positive September 15, 2014 No comments

2010 Annual Conference
National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists
Wednesday, June 23rd to Sunday, June 27th
Bloomingdale, Illinois

“Eliminating Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction; Many Techniques, Same Goal”

The country’s experts in pain due to Myofascial Trigger Points and muscular dysfunction are hosting their Annual Conference in the Chicago suburbs and we would like to personally invite you to participate. Learn from and exchange ideas with these hands-on practitioners, many of whom are Nationally Board Certied in Trigger Point

Therapy and who own pain elimination clinics all over the country.

Innovative lecture topics highlighting what is new and exciting in the field of muscular pain, presented by members of the National Association of Trigger Point Therapists.

Be the rst to learn the exciting techniques outlined in their new book “Trigger Point Self-Help for Low Back Pain”, as Sharon Sauer and Mary Biancalana take the group though hands-on practice. Also hear from expert medical professionals in the eld of myofascial pain and dysfunction including Dr Bernard Filner, the Key Note Speaker, Dr Angelique Mizera, Dr David Miller, and Erica Bourne RN, National Association President. This conference will have lots of opportunities for participation and hands-on learning as well as movement, self-care and fun exercise sessions.

Many vendor / product companies support the NAMTPT, so there will be lots of free product samples, opportunities to feel and test out items like Gebauer’s Spray and Stretch, Microlight Cold Lasers, Pressure Positive Backnobbers and various self-care tools, Myofascial Release Balls from FitBall, USA, Trigger Point Pillows TM, from Mother Earth, therapeutic water bags from Fomentek, and the most comfortable foot inserts from Posture Dynamics.

Your full conference registration INCLUDES: 23 NCBTMB Approved CEUs, a Networking reception and hot appetizers, (3) Hot, Healthy and Hearty Lunches (2) Evening events; a outdoor BBQ and a Gala Sit-down Dinner with a live orchestra for dancing on Saturday night! **We are encouraging you to become a Member of the NAMTPT so you can enjoy the many benets of membership, including reduced price on conference registration, $50 o ABMP membership, $50 o liability insurance,

10% o Pressure Positive tools, and a JBMT Magazine subscription.

Cost: $350 for early bird members rate.(see website for other pricing)

Single day registration is also available for up to 7 NCBTMB Approved CEU’s for each day attended.

If you are dedicated to eliminating pain, this is an event that you cannot aord to miss!

For the full schedule of events, speakers and topics go to the association website below.

Guests are welcome, and information on guest food costs and for the Gala dinner dance tickets go to:

Questions or to receive email information about the conference including registration information, email with “2010 Conference” in subject line.

Meet Mary Biancalana and Sharon Sauer authors of “Trigger Point Self-help for Low Back Pain” due out in April 2010.

“This book does modern medicine a great service by beginning to ll the enormous chasm of missing literature on low back pain. The skilled authors emphasize its cause and illustrate eective treatments. The book is organized with eloquent headings and presented eectively for the primary reader, the patient.”

—David G. Simons, MD, associate voluntary professor at Emory University and coauthor of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook

Conference Location:Chicago Hilton / Indian Lakes Resort

250 W Schick Road Bloomingdale, Illinois

Special conference participant pricing on hotel rooms. Mention you are  with our conference or click on the hotel link at

NCBTMB Approved CEU’s Provided by Conference Co-sponsor

MYO Trigger Point Seminars, Chicago