Mary Biancalana, MS, CMTPT, LMT, is a certified myofascial trigger point therapist in Chicago, IL, who has been treating chronic and acute soft tissue pain since 1999. She has been a personal trainer and fitness instructor since 1986. Biancalana has spoken extensively on complex myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia, and has served as chairperson for the annual convention of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists. Biancalana has a particular interest in the detection and treatment of commonly overlooked perpetuating factors in chronic pain syndromes.
Foreword writer Bernard E. Filner, MD, is a practicing anesthesiologist and non-interventional pain medicine practitioner with more than forty years of experience. A leading expert on pain treatment, Filner has held faculty positions at the University of California at San Diego, the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and the Department of Anesthesiology of George Washington University in Washington, DC. He now works in private practice, specializing in the treatment of myofascial pain and fibromyalgia.
Sharon Sauer, CMTPT, LMT, is a myofascial trigger point therapist who has practiced in Chicago, IL, since 1986. She has successfully treated thousands of patients with chronic and acute soft tissue pain. Sauer has made significant contributions to the field of myofascial trigger point therapy, most notably, the incorporation of self-care training into treatment protocols for over sixty different kinds of myofascial pain and dysfunction. Sauer has been a featured speaker at the annual convention of the American Academy of Pain Management and has taught trigger point evaluation and elimination techniques to hundreds of doctors, osteopaths, dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and other health care practitioners.