Book Review

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Management

Clair Davies, NCTMB
New Harbinger Publications

This book is a must have for anyone compounding topical therapies for pain management.

This 267-page book is exactly what compounding pharmacists have been looking for. It is easy to use, basic, and written at a layperson’s level, yet comprehensive, wellillustrated and indexed. Its graphics facilitate showing patients how to find muscles and trigger points and where to apply their topical compounds to maximize the results of their therapy. At the beginning of each chapter, a Trigger Point Guide lists common types of pain in a particular area of the body and muscles that are usually affected. Numerous diagrams and illustrations show the location of the muscles and trigger points, and the book includes detailed explanations of the musculature and how it is affected by various types of pain. Chapters deal with (1) head and neck pain; (2) shoulder, upper back, and upper arm pain; (3) elbow, forearm, and hand pain; (4) chest and abdominal pain; (5) midback, low back, and buttocks pain; (6) hip, thigh, and knee pain; and (7) lower leg, ankle, and foot pain. The science of trigger points is covered in detail; and ailments such as fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain syndrome, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, headaches, sports and repetitive strain injuries are addressed as well. Finally, there is a chapter on massage guidelines, which covers in detail how to massage the trigger points once they are located. This book is now used every time we counsel a patient receiving a new prescription for a topical compound for pain.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Jan/Feb 2004