Trigger point therapy is one of the most intriguing and fastest-growing bodywork styles in the world. Medical doctors, chiropractors, and alternative health practitioners are all beginning to use this technique to relieve the pain of individuals suffering from undiagnosable soft tissue pain-a condition that studies have shown to be the cause of nearly 25 percent of all doctor visits. The technique involves applying gentle, sustained pressure to trigger points- places in muscle or connective tissue where a lack of oxygen causes swelling. These points are easily located by general readers and create pain throughout the body in predictable patterns characteristic to each muscle, producing discomfort ranging from mild to severe. The stimulation of the point causes an increase in the oxygen level in the area and produces often instant relief. The first edition of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook has made a huge impact in the use of this dynamic technique. This is the first major revision of the overnight classic-a complete update that includes new information specifically for massage professionals as well as a detailed discussion of progressive muscle relaxation techniques that can reinforce the therapeutic power of trigger point work. This complete update includes new information specifically for massage professionals as well as a detailed discussion of progressive muscle relaxation techniques that can reinforce the therapeutic power of trigger point work. The proven method for overcoming soft-tissue pain, now available in a practical, step-by-step format-treatments for: fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain syndrome, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, neck and jaw pain, frozen shoulder pain, arthritis, headaches, sore knees and feet, accident trauma, joint pain and muscle aches and sports and repetitive strain injury. In this revised edition of his best-selling book, The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, Clair Davies, a nationally certified massage therapist and expert in trigger point therapy, outlines a very user-friendly and completely up to date method of self-massage that people can employ as a means of reducing and eliminating their pain.