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Reader Reviews

Reviews by Readers

of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook

Five-Star Amazon Review: Elizabeth Maller from Katonah, New York, January 17, 2004
“The best thing you can do for yourself is to buy this book! And the second best thing you can do is to tell your doctor and physical therapist about it. It deserves to be part of every medical school’s curriculum and should be a must read for everyone out there with pain: back, neck, shoulder, foot pain etc.

Mr. Davies has written a clear, understandable book that can help the average person troubleshoot and then treat myofascial pain. This book will give you a roadmap to common trigger points, or small contraction knots in the muscles of the body which pain specialists feel are involved in a majority of pain problems. It then guides you in treating those trigger points.

My own journey began with neck pain that was unsuccessfully treated with pain killers, corticosteroids, lulled with muscle relaxers and only partially remedied with conventional physical therapy. I accidentally discovered this book and have found the relief that I have been seeking. I also eased shoulder pain that was so troublesome. In fact I have discovered why my plantar fasciitis (heel spurs) wasn't responding to the conventional treatments, orthotics and stretching.

If you are plagued with pain that no one seems able help you with, then consult this excellent workbook and help yourself. I just don’t understand why when this type of therapy can help so many, it isn’t one of the first things your doctor prescribes to you. You are the best judge of your pain and with the information contained in this book you just might become the best manager of it.”

Five-Star Barnes & Noble Review: Elma Johnson, Ph.D., September 25, 2002
“Saved from Disability!
I want to share my enthusiasm for this book. Following the self-treatment methods in Clair Davies’s book has saved me from a future of pain and disability and has also helped several of my friends. About a year and a half ago a terrible fall strained and tore the muscles and ligaments in my groin and hips and also the medial meniscus in my left knee. After an orthopedic surgeon restored the knee, he prescribed physical therapy. However, this made my muscles more painful.

Last winter, after little improvement, I consulted a “Pain Management Specialist” MD who injected cortisone into my back and prescribed hydrotherapy. Again the exercises made my legs and hips more painful. So he told me to get a hip replacement or I would end up in a wheelchair. Unfortunately there are no medical specialists dealing with muscles and ligaments.

Looking for help at Barnes & Noble, I ran across Clair Davies’s book. It was easy to locate my trigger points because of their electric-shock tingle. After I massaged them, I felt much less pain and was immediately able to sleep on my left side for the first time since the accident. And improvement has continued. Now I’m painting my condo—without a wheelchair. Both doctors did their best, as did the physical therapists who tried to help me—but all in vain. The work of Doctors Travell and Simons on trigger points seems to have been largely ignored by the medical profession, possibly because the recommended treatment is cumbersome.

Clair Davies’s book, with its practical suggestions, is a godsend. Obviously physicians and physical therapists could better help their patients if they studied it. I have excitedly told others about the book, and a ripple effect has ensued. For instance, a neighbor, faced with selling her cherished second-floor condo because she could not take the stairs, has now canceled the sale and is recommending the book to her friends who are in turn recommending it to others. And a cousin, whose life had been circumscribed by dizziness that her doctors could not explain, recovered during one evening’s massage, startling her visiting daughters and causing them to buy their own copies of the book. I think others will benefit, too. I highly recommend it.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Shelly Gilliland from Pierceton, Indiana, July 9, 2004
“I stumbled onto this book in desperation about a year ago. I was 6 months postop from a cervical spine fusion (C 5-6-7) but I continued to have pain in the scapula region and my neck was still so tight I thought I would lose my mind if I couldn’t find a way to decrease my pain and improve my mobility. It actually went all the way down my left side and hip. I'd been thru all the proper medical channels and had some benefit from physical therapy but I could NOT get those people (medical) to understand how deep the pain was and how determined I was to get better. I guess they thought since I was functioning (working and going to grad school) at a pretty high level I must be OK. ARGH. We need to teach them to LISTEN better.

This book ALONE helped tremendously and I immediately bought a Theracane. I started getting professional massages a couple months later and was fortunate to find a person who is well-versed in trigger point. Between the two of us I am 110% better but still not “perfect” (and probably won't ever be!). I start every morning with a lot of trigger point massage while I’m still laying in bed planning out my day! I’m sure people think I’m nuts when they see me driving down the road with a tennis ball in my hand!

Just yesterday during my massage, the therapist told me to go home and look up QUADRATUS LUMBORUM in my Trigger Point book. Lo and behold... I thought I was reading about myself! It’s amazing how working on these trigger points also releases the tension UP my spine and in the scapula area. I use the trigger point massage in combination with chiropractic adjustments and professional massage (every 2-3 wks) and I do still take Vioxx. Each individual has to find what works best for him/her.

BUY THIS BOOK TODAY - YOU WON'T BE SORRY! This book CAN be read by the average “Joe or Susie” and help will follow! I've bought at least 6 copies for friends/relatives and recommend it heartily.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: KALUKLEE from Glendale, California, June 15, 2004
“Being a LMT, I help a lot of my clients on pain relief. This book is a wonderful source honing my skill. It addresses a lot of common muscle pains bothering my clients. I vouch all the techniques covered in this book work well.

Even though this book is a self-treatment guide, I personally believe massage therapists get the most benefit out of it. I recommend all the message therapists who are into deep tissue and trigger point to use this book as a reference.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: William Bolen from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, May 30, 2004
“About time, I found something that works! I second the reviews of so many who have been helped by this book. It took a piano technician turned massage therapist to write such a useful book I have spent thousands with specialists who were of little help. None of the many doctors or therapists diagnosed my real problem...trigger points! This book is invaluable for people with soft tissue pain. It is clear, concise and practical. Read the book, follow Clair Davies advice, get a TheraCane, a lacrosse ball and go at it.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Andra Standley from Austin, Texas, May 22, 2004
“This book is a must have! This book was recommended by our Trigger Point instructor. It has been the greatest find ever and has saved me over hundreds of dollars in unnecessary medical care. It thoroughly explains how to get the results you’re needing in order to feel relief from pain. I recommend this book to everyone! This book has given me the confidence I need in order to heal my own body and to rid myself of illnesses without medication.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: INEFFEXOR from Portland, Oregon, May 19, 2004
“This really works! I confess when I ordered this book I thought all the glowing reports might be a bit exaggerated, and expected nothing more than an above-average manual on massage. I soon found out I was wrong. This book is unlike any I have ever seen. More importantly, the techniques that author Clair Davies outlines REALLY WORK.

The book lays out a complete system for treating muscular pain in the body, with excellent diagrams and clear and detailed explanations. The book addresses a wide variety of common and uncommon aches and pains throughout the anatomy, some of which you might never attribute to a problem with a muscle.

The illustrations clearly show where these patterns of “referred pain” are located, along with the corresponding muscle trigger points. The great thing is that by simply touching the trigger point in question, you can instantly verify that it is in fact the source of the pain.

Davies’ writing is direct, honest, and good-humored. The explanations are easy to follow and accessible to the lay-person. Personally, I would have been interested in more detailed medical information in the text, and Davies alludes to some of this in passing. However, he has condensed just the essentials for easy self-treatment in this volume, and the book is probably more effective and usable for that reason.

The massage techniques that Davies describes are simple and can be self-administered, usually with the hands or a tennis ball. I have used the techniques to relieve pain in my shoulders, arms, and hands from sitting for long periods at the computer, as well as sciatic pain and knee pain caused by a bike accident. In each case, I got quick and lasting relief after only a few minutes of massage a day.

Every home should have a copy of this book. It’s well worth the investment—it will pay for itself in what you’ll save on doctor and chiropractor bills and pain killers.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: SLOJUGGLER from Northridge, California, April 15, 2004
“Excellent book! Believe the reviews here. I must say I had my doubts about purchasing this book, but had gotten a recommendation from a friend of mine. I've noticed that the worst of pains ease or disappear as a result of massaging noted key trigger points.

The way I recommend reading this book is to read Chapters 1-3, then use the index and “Trigger Point Guides” and pictures as to your road map of what to do next. I agree with a previous review that there is some initial jumping around and some slight organizational confusion, but after practicing with 5 trigger points, you'll wonder how you got along without this book.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Jera Jones from Fallbrook, California, February 4, 2004
“If the body came with a manual, The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, by Clair Davies, N.C.T.M.B. would be it! If you only live once, you might as well do it pain free. This book shows you how. The illustrations are clear, if you do the recommended massage (and it is not hard) there is no need to suffer from pain caused by trigger points (and they cause a lot more pain than you might suspect).”

Four-Star Amazon Review: David A. Lessnau from Niceville, Florida, January 27, 2004
“Excellent Book (not Quackery)! I was really worried that this book might have been a standard new-age, make-a-buck, quack title. Thank goodness that turned out to be a groundless worry. This is an excellent book (with medical references) that does a very good job of helping you get rid of pain.

I had hurt my lower back by performing the arduous task of putting on my underwear. The doctors and physical therapist couldn’t really come up with a reason for it. After a month, it still wasn’t getting any better. Searching the web gave me references to this book. Within three days of reading it and poking around in my UPPER (not LOWER) back, my thighs, and my abdomen, the pain has faded to just a reminder. I’m still not able to bend and reach like I used to. But, I’m exercising and stretching again, so hopefully that'll change. Best of all, it no longer hurts just to SIT (or lie down or stand, for that matter). After showing my wife that her lower body has just about every active trigger point known, she’s also reading the book and working on her points. Hopefully, her pain will reduce in a couple of days, too.

The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five is that it's kind of hard to find and reference ALL the trigger points associated with a specific pain FOR THE FIRST TIME. The book does have a diagram for pain locations at the start of each chapter. But, in many cases, the pain will be caused by multiple trigger points in multiple body locations. It takes quite a bit of paging through the book to figure out what you’re supposed to do. Once you figure it out, though, the book is great. Of course, in the author’s defense, I can't come up with a better organization method outside of having some kind of software with an anatomical display using hyperlinks.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book if you suffer from any kind of chronic pain. Even if your doctor has pronounced judgment that he/she knows what's causing things, try this book. As the author says, trigger point therapy should be the first course of treatment: it’s easy and it’s cheap.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Karen Ibarra, from Ohio, January 13, 2004
“Like this book needs another rave review, but I just had to give it some more stars! This book has helped me tremendously! After 5 years of dealing with pain, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, pain management clinics, and a handful of doctors... I finally have found something that WORKS! ...and it’s FREE (except for the minimal cost of the book, of course). If you have pain that recurs, you NEED this book! Amen.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Julie Smith from Bakersfield, California, August 28, 2003
“Must buy for massage students and massage therapists!
I bought this book when I was a massage student. It helped me to use my hands more effectively. This book is excellent and it teach massage therapists how to give relief to people with tendinitis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle strain, etc. I also used this book as a reference for the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Believe me they do ask trigger points on the test. However I found the following books just awesome when it came to helping me prepare for the National Certification Examination.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Andy from Kansas, August 6, 2003
“Great Book for Anyone with Myofascial Pain Syndrome!
This book can help people with MPS, sprained ankle, tennis elbow, & chronic back, knee, & neck pain because they are all the same thing! That back pain or sore wrist that reoccurs often can get worse & even spread. I had pain in my back after a couple of years it moved up to my neck. Then I got hurt at work & have been unable to work for a year. I got hurt because my body mechanics were messed up by trigger points which shorten muscles & put stress on the wrong areas of your body. Then I spent a year in incredible pain misdiagnosed as having sciatica.

After getting a proper diagnosis I have used this book to relieve much of my pain. It does have some short comings, but it has a lot of good info & is easy to use, plus it’s cheap compared to chiropractor & doctor visits. It shows the source of pain & has detailed info about symptoms & causes. I have been amazed at how many of life’s aches & pains are caused by muscles & can be self treated.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Kathryn M. Friesen from Oakland, California, August 5, 2003
“Great Book (first thing I’d save in a fire)!!
Suffered a sprained/strained right knee in March. VERY painful, but just minor swelling. After trying a couple of extended acupuncture sessions without any pain relief, plus trying a homeopathic remedy without success, I turned myself in to an orthopedist who did basic x-rays & put me on a 3x day regimen of ibuprofen, which, after three weeks, cleared up about 80% of my problem.

At this point, I accidentally came upon Mr. Davies’s book, ordered it, & have been using it for pain & stiffness relief “wherever” ever since. It quickly cleared up the residue of my knee pain (& my prior constant “buckling” knee, which well may have been the original instigator of my knee pain).

I particularly like the book as it’s just so easy to use (anything medical usually makes my eyes glaze over). Concurrently, and for comparison, I did also purchase Bonnie Prudden’s book, also on the subject of trigger point massage therapy, but DEFINITELY prefer Mr. Davies' version. Ms. Prudden’s book does go heavily into remedial exercise though, which Mr. Davies, for whatever reasons, doesn’t cover. Perhaps another book is in the offing???”

Five-Star Amazon Review: a reader from San Francisco, Califoria, July 28, 2003
“Trigger book worked better than accu/chiro/PT/prescrip/etc.!
I have four “bulged” low back disks. Other than surgery, I’ve tried everything, and the approach I found in this book worked best. Hard to believe, but the simple massage of trigger points is for me a bigger help than acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic, PT, yoga, Pilates, Flexeril, NSAIDs, Prednisone, etc. My wife has plantar fasciitis (a runners’ foot injury), and it’s helped her, too.

You don’t even have to read the book, just look for a picture that locates your pain, and rub that set of trigger points (although the book is worth a read).”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Helen Smith from Phoenix, Arizona, July 3, 2003
“This is by far the best book on trigger points. I’m a massage therapist and found the info in this book to help my patients tremendously. I also used this book as a reference for the national certification examination for therapeutic massage and bodywork.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Holly Marrow from Christiansburg, Virginia, June 2, 2003
“I LOVE this book!
I feel this book provides excellent self-help information for anyone suffering from chronic pain, sports injuries, and/or tight muscles. After months of PT, massage, stretching, etc., I feel I’ve finally stumbled upon a solution that I can take control of myself. I do feel Mr. Davies omitted a couple helpful hints to increase the effectiveness of trigger point therapy: gentle stretching immediately AFTER working the trigger points, and icing any area that has been worked intensively.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Judith E. Pavluvcik from Scottsdale, Arizona, April 11, 2003
“This is an EXCELLENT book for the beginning massage student to the experienced LMT. The illustrations are right on and one is able to fully understand where the trigger points are when reading the text. Clair Davies has produced a remarkable book in a format that everyone, including the “self-help, do-it-yourself” person can understand. I used this book as supplemental material for one of my massage classes and refer to it quite often. A must have for anyone!!! The information presented is invaluable--a most wonderful resource!!!”

Five-Star Amazon Review: A reader from St. Louis, Missouri, March 31, 2003
“This book is both carefully researched and clearly written. As a massage therapist I have used it to guide my work and I have recommended it to clients as well as shown them how to treat their specific pain areas. Many are happily surprised with the results.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Kim Darmstadt from Big Rock, Illinois, March 9, 2003
“Great Book! This is one of the best books I’ve seen so far. I have told other massage therapists to get this book, and they love it too. It has helped me a lot.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Anonymous, November 22, 2002
“This will change everything! Well, maybe not EVERYTHING, but I must say that it helped me get rid of an assortment of aches and pains within a matter of days. Coming to weight training and martial arts in my early thirties, and not having been athletic when I was in my teens and twenties, I quickly found myself the owner of a variety of fairly painful muscle pulls, rotator cuff problems, and severe pain in my hips. I also had had a nagging, bothersome pain between my shoulder blades for many years, and tried cranio-sacral therapy, acupuncture, and regular massage therapy, with less than great results. This book has taught me how to erase pain that I’ve lived with for 10-15 years.”

Five-Star Amazon Review from Columbiaville, Michigan, November 3, 2002
“Fantastic book! Informative and Helpful.
Want to find those “knots” in your muscles and what to do to get rid of them? This book is very informative when it comes to this concept of “trigger points” and how to find specific points in the muscles that cause surface and referred pain. It also helps to explain what causes trigger points and what to do about them. It gives detailed explanation on the use of trigger point therapy and how to apply the techniques.

Nothing will replace stretching and strengthening to rid yourself of chronic muscle conditions, but this will help you to understand what trigger points are and how to deal with them. Self-treatment is also explained. I have recommended this text to many friends who have such pain and related problems and all of them had stated that this book has helped them relieve some of their pain.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: John Tinkler from Maryland, March 29, 2002
“I was in so much pain that I couldn’t sleep at night. I was diagnosed with arthritis (hip, back, etc), but I was not satisfied that this explained my pain. Then I found Davies’ book and started to work on trigger points with the rubber ball he recommends. It didn’t solve all my problems, but it reduced my pain to the point where I could sleep without pills (and demonstrated that my pain was at least partly muscular)--and all for the cost of a ... little ball! And now (several other therapies later), I still keep the book and the rubber ball by my bed, and still follow its directions to massage key areas on a daily basis.

This book is terrific--the best “self-help” book I’ve seen. It is clearly written, well organized, mostly well illustrated, and contains a wealth of really useful detail. It is definitely not one of those “glossy” books—all photos and no useful information. The author really does take the approach of someone who was himself helped by this therapy and who wants to make it as clear and accessible to his readers as possible. Very highly recommended.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Richard Geller from Fairfax, Virginia, May 24, 2002
“Exceptional book for everyone with a body! I read another book about trigger points and knew that there was something to it, but when I got Clair Davies’ book it was like a revelation. This book explains each muscle group and what the symptoms are, and exactly how you can “fix” yourself. You can open the book and begin applying the knowledge in a few minutes. It is ideal for bone, joint or muscle problems, but also for many headaches, toothaches, sinus pain, and so on.

It is a shame that this information is so hard to find. I think every physician and health care worker should be very familiar with trigger points and how to teach others about them. This is truly a book that lets you open it up and work instant miracles.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Kim A. Sommer from Bloomington, Indiana, February 15, 2002
“This is a book that keeps giving! Mr. Davies writes in a lucid and articulate manner about trigger point therapy and how to apply it. Having dealt with chronic back pain due to a strain while swimming, I had been to a doctor and chiropractor and endured MRI, X-rays, and physical therapy all to no avail and great cost.

Thirty minutes after opening this book and focusing on the areas I hurt I had eliminated knee pain that had been around for over a year and greatly reduced my back pain. Follow-up with a massage therapist who works on trigger-point and myofascial release therapies made me pain free for the first time in over six months. Since then I’ve bought several copies of this book. I’ve given them to friends and even acquaintances who have pain and can benefit from this essential information.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Carol Knudsen from Rochester, Minnesota, January 10, 2002
“Now here’s information that everyone can use! This book has a wealth of information for anyone suffering from pain, whether it’s chronic or acute pain. I am also a Nationally Certified massage therapist, and I recommend this book to my clients and colleagues. The techniques are simple and Clair does an excellent job of explaining everything one needs to know to understand the pain and become pain free. I have seen tremendous results time and again with my clients, and they can’t believe how quickly their pain can be reduced or eliminated. This book is essential for anyone with pain and also for those who work with people in pain.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Bonny French from East Syracuse, New York, December 1, 2001
“I tell everyone about this book!
Mr. Davies has created a very useful reference for my practice as a registered nurse and a massage therapist. I like to show the book to all my clients and most of them end up buying it. Trigger points and the self-massage therapy for them are explained in an enjoyable manner. The author’s writing is so down to earth that it seems as if he’s right in the same room talking to you as you read. It’s well organized and based on the works of Travell and Simons. It’s easy to look up a particular muscle. The detailed therapy instructions for each site have helpful illustrations and the author explains the usual causes for specific trigger points. I tell my friends, fellow massage therapists and clients that this book is the best resource for self-treatment of muscular pain I have discovered. All health care providers and receivers will benefit from this book and it’s not unrealistic to say it will reduce health care costs. The book is a treasure.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Juan Sanchez from San Francisco, California, October 24, 2001
“If you’ve tried everything under the sun. Give this a chance!
Before I started working with this book, I was ready to face oral surgery hoping to alleviate TMJ, which I thought was the cause of my vocal problems. I didn’t know that my back pain and general muscle tension were all related with active trigger points. After 4 months of doing the therapy my self, I feel a lot better. The results that I got from Mr. Clair’s book have brought new hope for my opera-singing career. Now that my body is looser and freer, my voice is too.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Alice B., RN from Garland, Texas, August 31, 2001
“I rate this book right up there with Devin Starlanyl’s books. I have had Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain most of my adult life and have been disabled the past 5 years. This book by Mr. Davies has just helped me end 2 months of an excruciating flare of muscle pain. I showed it to my Pain Management physician, who is ordering one for his office and will advise his other patients similarly effected to purchase one if possible.

When all the doctors don’t know what else to tell you about relieving your body/muscle pain, this book is the answer. It is easily understood by medical professionals and laypeople alike. Its description of the muscles and the mechanism involved in the creation of unexplained body pain is outstanding. Anyone, by themselves or with another person, will find the diagrams showing the location of trigger points in muscles and how to achieve relief easy to learn. Mr. Davies explanation of massage therapy for trigger point release has made this book one of the best and most valued tools for self-treatment of body pain.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Anthony N. Friese from Weston, Wisconsin, October 8, 2001
“This book is a godsend. Clair Davies’ book starts by describing the author’s personal journey as a person in pain who discovered the power of self-applied trigger point therapy. The book then goes on to detail the basics of trigger point science and methods of self-treatment. Each body region contains muscle-by-muscle descriptions of trigger point locations, causes, referred pain patterns, and specific self-treatment techniques with fingers, thumbs, tennis balls or other hand-held “tools".

Two populations will benefit. The first are professionals dealing with myofascial pain. Mr. Davies’ book has neatly summarized many of the essentials contained in the bar setting but often intimidating 2-volume “bibles” of trigger point therapy by Janet Travell and David Simons, which will make many more practitioners comfortable with the idea of searching for and treating trigger points with manual techniques.

More important than information for clinicians is the help and hope this book offers to suffering patients. The book’s focus is on self-treatment, which is not only *possible*, but is in fact *extremely* effective, and often downright necessary in this day and age: healthcare costs are forever rising, insurance coverage for physical therapy grows progressively more restrictive, massage therapists are often costly and the majority of the time, not covered by insurance, and, money factors aside, pain does not always present itself when professional treatment is readily available. Even with the *best* professional treatment, myofascial conditions are highly recurrent and knowing how to deal with these recurrences empowers patients and thereby reduces fear and apprehension.

With information referenced from current and highly reputable sources, The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook has not only my highest recommendation, but also the endorsement of many, many well-known names in the field of myofascial pain, including one of its pioneers, Dr. David Simons.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Terry Gulliver from Baytown, Texas, August 15, 2001
“Warning! Keep this book to yourself!
I have now bought five copies of this book, giving them to friends, chronic sufferers of various completely misdiagnosed muscular plagues. The plain line drawings of an older guy doing it to himself and the author's tale of self-rescue from debilitating occupational trigger points are immediately winning. This is absolutely not another new age acupressure chakra crystallology AUM; it is the real thing. Pinch yourself; that's where it's at.

You have to get the Thera cane and the K-mart balls, too. I am only an amateur (hey baby!) masseur; but this book makes me feel a huge responsibility to, you know, CURE people. Next thing one knows one has a following like Jesus and has to employ a bodyguard and an accountant, and, well a personal masseur. OK I’m kidding; a bit anyway. This book has me back in my kayak, back with the free weights; and I didn't even think I had a problem other than inherited inflexibility and the usual tender knots that I thought were actually me muscools. When you buy this book, write to the publisher and demand a new spiral-bound edition. So you can read it as you walk through the adoring crowd, lay it flat at the selected page. And a note to the author, telling him what a sweetie he is, and rilly, crowd control is your problem, not his. Blessed be those who read this book, and do it to themselves.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Michele Fiala from Lexington, Kentucky, June 29, 2001
“Everyone needs a copy of this book! This is an excellent book. It is well written and easy to understand, and has helped me tremendously. I am a musician, who developed hand pain a few months ago. I had one session each with both Clair and his daughter Amber and worked on myself several times a day using the methods described in this book. I am now virtually pain free and, better yet, I have the skills I need to deal with any returning pain. I have also found Clair’s methods useful in all of my everyday pains -- in my back, feet, and hips, in particular. This book can help everyone, since we all suffer from some type of pain. I highly recommend it.”

Five-Star Amazon Review: Janet Ollman, L.M.T. from Orion, Illinois, May 1, 2001
“All Massage Therapists Should Own and Use This Book!
Clair Davies is really on to something here. I deal with chronic pain in my massage therapy practice daily. I’ve been able to help my clients, using Clair’s methods, to rid themselves of pain they've dealt with for years. Clair presents his material in an easy to read, practical format—and the pictures are excellent. Anyone—professional and layperson alike—can benefit from this book. In fact, I recommend this book to my clients. I’m always encouraging them to try to help themselves during the time between our sessions. If you’ve got pain or help others deal with their pain, get this book. You won’t be sorry.”

Five-Star Barnes & Noble Review: Bill Huhn, July 29, 2002
“The best investment of my life!!
I’ve Struck Gold After 25 Years of Pain!
Through Clair Davies’ book I discovered that my pain was being referred by various muscles that I didn’t even realize I had. The book is so clear and thorough! For the first time ever, I saw on paper pictures describing my particular pain problem. Following along with the book, I discovered that if I massaged a certain area of my trapezius I could reproduce the longstanding pain at the base of my skull. It was like striking gold! Through the book I was able to identify what had always been a mystery to doctors. And best of all, the keys to eliminating the pain were clearly explained and in my own hands. Thank you, Clair Davies, for your great contribution to those who suffer with chronic pain.”

Five-Star Barnes & Noble Review: Medical professional with alternative ideas, September 25, 2002
“Hopefully this will help with those of you who don’t understand trigger points (from the American Academy of Family Physicians):

Trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. The spots are painful on compression and can produce referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena. Trigger points are classified as being active or latent, depending on their clinical characteristics.

An active trigger point causes pain at rest. It is tender to palpation with a referred pain pattern that is similar to the patient’s pain complaint. This referred pain is felt not at the site of the trigger-point origin, but remote from it. The pain is often described as spreading or radiating. Referred pain is an important characteristic of a trigger point. It differentiates a trigger point from a tender point, which is associated with pain at the site of palpation only.

Attention Doctors that keep telling people the pain is in their head. You should worry because when the word gets out and is accepted by “the system” a lot of $ will go into our pockets, and not into MRI’s and your referrals;) I wish you all well. May God bless all who love to help people :) Also recommended: “If a doctor says there is no cure, he/she is just admitting the cure is outside their scope of practice.”

Five-Star Barnes & Noble Review: Ken Johnson, a University of California graduate in biology, October 28, 2002
“I have struggled with chronic myofascial pain syndrome for over five years. Unfortunately, the medical community often treated my condition like a sports injury. Prescribed stretches and strengthening exercises, although done faithfully, were not relieving my pain. Any direct use of the effected muscles just brought on more spasm and pain.

It was through reading this book that I first learned about trigger points in muscles with chronic pain, and the importance of dealing with them first. Only after breaking up existing trigger points will stretching and strengthening be effective. This book has helped me a great deal. It is very well presented and filled with practical methods I could do at home to help treat muscle pain. The many illustrations are an effective compliment to the text. The self-massage techniques presented are non-invasive, require no drugs, and utilize just hands or simple tools such as the humble tennis ball.

I can’t tell you how much pain relief I’ve gotten from learning how and where to use this inexpensive item on trigger points in my back and shoulder. The book is filled with this kind of practical help, all thoroughly and clearly explained. This book does not insult the scientific mind; rather it summarizes some important medical literature for us.

I was impressed that this book is based on the published work of two medical doctors, Travell and Simons. Dr. Travell was the personal physician of President John F. Kennedy. Travell was able to effectively treat the President’s chronic back pain using trigger point techniques. I thank Clair Davies for giving us an effective tool to treat long-standing muscle pain. I am impressed with the care that has gone into writing this book. I consider it a valuable reference and wouldn’t be without it. I use it daily and have noticed a consistent decrease in my level of pain.”

Five-Star Barnes & Noble Review: Anthony Friese, Physical Therapist, October 31, 2002
“Helpful for clinicians and patients!
I wholeheartedly recommend this book, both to people suffering from pain *and* to clinicians dealing with myofascial conditions. I am a licensed physical therapist that has worked with myofascial pain for over 10 years.

Myofascial pain is a poorly understood problem even within the medical field, and, admittedly, clinically useful research on the topic has been slow in coming. Clinically, however, I have found manual trigger point therapy to be extremely safe and effective in assisting patients in their recovery from acute and chronic pain conditions.

One thing that seems true of myofascial pain, however, is its unfortunate and frustrating tendency to re-occur over time. These re-occurrences will often happen most inconveniently when the suffering person does not have access to skilled professional care. This is where the assistance provided by this book is so valuable; patients can learn how to safely and effectively treat their own trigger points with their own hands (and use of certain “tools”, some as simple as a tennis ball).

Mr. Davies’ book gives very clear descriptions of what trigger points are and how they contribute to pain. Muscle anatomy and function are described with clarity and excellent illustrations. Step by step instructions are given on which muscles to check for sensitivity depending on what body region is hurting.

This information (as well as other extremely useful information) is referenced out of the classic, medically authored “bibles” of trigger point treatment by Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons. Instruction is provided on how to search each muscle for the sensitive knots known as “trigger points” and guidelines provided for effective and safe massage treatment for those points. Probably most importantly, details are provided on how to reduce strain on involved muscles through analysis and alteration of postural and mechanical factors that can keep a pain problem active despite quality treatment.

The book is extremely well organized and easy to read with the author generously sharing his own personal history battling chronic pain, as well as many other case histories of people successfully helped by the methods in the book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you are at all unsure about purchasing it, I'd encourage trying to borrow or check it out from a library first; I am very confident that after you have read and applied the information in this title, you will be eager to own your own copy!”

Amazon Reviewer from Hartlepool, UK
“The author of this book really knows his stuff. I never knew about referral pain and trigger points until I got this book. It has helped me to sort out a neck problem, helped a friend with a chronic lower back problem, someone else with an acute arm pain, a collapsing knee, the list goes on. The trigger points described and illustrated in the book are very accurate. If you have joint or muscle pain, you need this book.”

Amazon Reviewer from London, UK
“This book helped me get my life back whilst suffering from RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury). Up until trying this book, I had tried almost everything with no success. Sound familiar? The book details how trigger points can refer pain to other parts of the body. Like my scalene (neck muscle) caused pain in my forearms and shoulders. If you suffer from RSI and feel you've hit a brick wall, then buy this book.”

Amazon Reviewer from England
“The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook is an easy to read, informative book that will help you to locate your trigger points (painful tender areas which refer pain to other parts of your body) and show you how to ease them using massage. Several massage tools are discussed but it also shows you how results are just as easily achieved using your hands or a tennis ball. As someone who has both Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome, I wouldn’t be without this book. It has taught me how to quickly and easily locate and massage my trigger points and has allowed me to finally gain some relief from my chronic pain. You owe it to yourself - and your body - to buy this book!"

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