Trigger points are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscles that feel like “knots” or tight bands. About 74% of the time, trigger points “refer” pain to a different area -- they are not located within the area in which you are actually feeling symptoms, so treating the area of pain does not afford relief. For example, if someone has pain in their hand and fingers, it is probably being referred from trigger points in muscles in the neck, shoulder area, or forearm. Pain and other symptoms can be relieved if trigger points are treated with pressure or other techniques.
Trigger Point Therapy for Repetitive Strain Injury: Your Self Treatment Workbook for Elbow, Lower Arm, Wrist, and Hand Pain includes photos with overlays of common pain referral patterns so that readers can match their pain patterns with the photos, and figure out which muscles are involved. Additional photos and illustrations instruct readers in self-help techniques for eliminating pain.
Alaskan author Valerie DeLaune says “People live with a lot more pain than they need to. There really is a lot they can do to help themselves, and become informed about their options for treatments.@
Trigger Point Therapy for Repetitive Strain Injury: Your Self Treatment Workbook for Elbow, Lower Arm, Wrist, and Hand Pain retails for $21.95 (216 pages, paperback, ISBN # 978-1-60882-
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