Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines: Your Self -Treatment Workbook for Pain Relief

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I have such a bad headache! For many of us, this is an oft repeated cry of anguish. Statistics about headaches and migraines are downright astonishing: One in six people have frequent headaches, and of those, one in ten suffers from migraines. You are not alone. Headaches and migraines result in more than 10 million doctor visits each year. If you struggle frequently with headache pain, this book offers a welcome solution. Trigger point therapy is an effective self-care approach...

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Overview

I have such a bad headache! For many of us, this is an oft repeated cry of anguish. Statistics about headaches and migraines are downright astonishing: One in six people have frequent headaches, and of those, one in ten suffers from migraines. You are not alone. Headaches and migraines result in more than 10 million doctor visits each year. If you struggle frequently with headache pain, this book offers a welcome solution. Trigger point therapy is an effective self-care approach you can use to get relief from headache pain.

Trigger points form in a portion of the muscle cell where blood flow is reduced and metabolic wastes are not being exchanged for oxygen and nutrients. When enough trigger points are located together, they can form palpable knots in the tissue. Trigger points can cause pain, either in the area of the trigger point, or by referral to other areas of the body. Trigger points can be treated by applying pressure to affected areas, often providing instant relief. This book explains trigger point physiology and then offers a complete program for self-care that includes detailed illustrations of all pressure and stretching techniques. In addition, it provides an in-depth look at the factors that cause and perpetuate trigger points, such as body mechanics, injuries, diet and nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and emotional factors, and provides solutions to address each perpetuating factor.

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“Headaches are among the most common ailments, and any resource to help sufferers is a welcome addition. With this book, Ms. Delaune gives you a tool you can use to help yourself. The photos are excellent, and the text is very easy for anyone to understand."
—Honora Lee Wolfe, certified acupuncturist and author of Managing Menopause Naturally with Chinese Medicine and Points for Profit
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572245259
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 4/3/2008
  • Series: A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 538,215
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie DeLaune, L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist and certified neuromuscular therapist, with a master's degree in acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington. She holds professional certificates from the Heartwood Institute and the Brenneke School of Massage. She authors books and articles on trigger points and acupuncture topics and currently practices acupuncture in Anchorage and Homer, AK. www.triggerpointrelief.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

Part I Trigger Points, Headaches, and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Chapter 1 What Are Trigger Points? 7

Chapter 2 Treating Trigger Points 13

Chapter 3 Headaches and Migraines 19

Chapter 4 Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction 27

Part II What Causes Trigger Points and Keeps Them Going-Perpetuating Factors

Chapter 5 Body Mechanics 33

Chapter 6 Diet 43

Chapter 7 Other Perpetuating Factors 55

Part III Trigger Point Self-Help Techniques

Chapter 8 General Guidelines for Self-Help Techniques 67

Chapter 9 Which Muscles Are Causing the Pain? 73

Chapter 10 Trapezius 79

Chapter 11 Posterior Neck Muscles 89

Chapter 12 Sternocleidomastoid 99

Chapter 13 Temporalis 107

Chapter 14 Facial and Scalp Muscles 113

Chapter 15 Masseter 121

Chapter 16 Lateral Pterygoid 127

Chapter 17 Medial Pterygoid 135

Chapter 18 Digastric 141

Appendix A A Word About Fibromyalgia 147

Appendix B A Special Note to Therapists Teaching Self-Help Techniques 151

Resources 155

References 157

Index 159

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Effective, safe and easy to learn

    ¿The Pressure Positive Company has designed and manufactured tools used widely by patients and practitioners in trigger point therapy since 1980. Since that time, active and informed self care has become increasingly recognized as a crucial component of non invasive trigger point pain management and treatment. Valerie DeLaune¿s Headache and Migraine Workbook delivers highly effective, safe and easy to learn self care techniques that will help to engage the patient as an active partner in easing pain and in improving function. I can therefore confidently recommend this book to anyone who suffers from stubborn head, neck, shoulder and back pain and dysfunction. Bernard Gladieux, Jr. President The Pressure Positive Company, manufacturers of practical Trigger Point Self Care Tools

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