Myofascial Trigger Points: Pathophysiology and Evidence-Informed Diagnosis and Management's emphasis is on the etiology of trigger points with a critical overview of current concepts. The contributing authors are the most respected myofascial pain research and practice experts. The authors address the etiology of trigger points, the epidemiology of myofascial pain, clinical management of patients, specific treatment issues, and the role of trigger points in various pain syndromes. This book is an accessible introduction to myofascial trigger points for physicians, therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, and massage therapists.
• A review of the integrated trigger point hypothesis.
• Trigger points features are highlighted within the context of clinical manual medicine and manual therapy.
• A systematic analysis of the evidence with regard to effectiveness of non-invasive treatments.
• Review of invasive therapies with specific attention to trigger point dry needling.
• Detailed review of the proposed role of myofascial trigger points in peripheral and central sensitization.
• Discussion of the interrater reliability of trigger point palpation in shoulder muscles.
• Exploration of the contribution of myofascial trigger points in the etiology of chronic tension-type headaches.
• Case history of a patient with chronic daily headache, emphasizing the integration of trigger point therapy into a broader therapeutic management approach.
Provides a systematic analysis of noninvasive treatments and invasive therapies, with specific attention to trigger point dry needling.
Discusses the clinical diagnosis and interrater reliability of trigger point palpation.
Examines the proposed role of myofascial trigger points in peripheral and central sensitization.
Explores the role of myofascial trigger points in the etiology of headaches, including a detailed case history emphasizing the integration of trigger point therapy into a conservative management approach.
Part 1 Pathophysiology Chapter 1 Myofascial Trigger Points: Translating Molecular Theory into Manual Therapy Chapter 2 Myofascial Trigger Points: An Evidence-Informed Review Chapter 3 Nutritional and Metabolic Perpetuating Factors in Myofascial Pain Part 2 Diagnosis Chapter 4 Reliability of Myofascial Trigger Point Palpation: A Systematic Review Chapter 5 Interrater Reliability of Palpation of Myofascial Trigger Points in Three Shoulder Muscles Chapter 6 Contributions of Myofascial Trigger Points to Chronic Tension Type Headache Part 3 Management Chapter 7 Effectiveness of Non-invasive Treatments for Active Myofascial Trigger Point Pain: A Systematic Review Chapter 8 Trigger Point Dry Needling Chapter 9 Physical Therapy Diagnosis and Management of a Patient with Chronic Daily Headache: A Case Report Part 4 Future Research Directions Chapter 10 Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Unresolved Issues and Future Directions