Trigger points cause pain more often than any other condition, are drastically under-diagnosed due to practitioner’s lack of information. Trigger points may refer pain both in the local area and/or to other areas of the body, and the most common “referral” patterns have been well documented and diagramed. Trigger points are often located in a different place from where you feel symptoms.

The “home page” of this multi-media book-on-CD ROM has a photo of a body, where you can place your computer cursor over your area of pain. With a “mouse click,” a drop-down list of muscles that may contain trigger points appears. By clicking on the muscle chapter links, your browser takes you to each pertinent chapter. You’ll find illustrations of common pain referral patterns that you can compare with where you feel pain, and this will help you figure out where the common trigger point causing your pain are located. Along with outlining the common symptoms and causes for trigger points for each muscle, the author has provided lists of “helpful hints” for resolving trigger points. A written text describes self-help techniques, and you can click on an icon for a video demonstration.

The introductory chapters include detailed information on the physiology of trigger points, general guidelines for self-help techniques, and descriptions of therapies that can help resolve trigger points. A comprehensive chapter on factors that cause and keep trigger points activated such as nutritional problems, illness, misfitting furniture, sleep problems, hormonal imbalances, joint misalignments, injuries, and emotional factors helps you identify things that keep your pain coming back. Numerous suggestions help you resolve those factors for lasting relief.

This state-of-the-art CD ROM draws on the decades of research by Doctors Janet Travell and David G. Simons, combined with the 19 years of clinical experience of Acupuncturist, Neuromuscular Therapist, and author Valerie DeLaune, LAc.