The Manual of Trigger Point and Myofascial Therapy

Dimitrios Kostopoulos, PT, PhD; Konstantine Rizopoulos, PT, FABS
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Book Description

The Manual of Trigger Point and Myofascial Therapy offers the reader a comprehensive therapeutic approach for the evaluation and treatment of Myofascial pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction. This user-friendly manual will serve as a quick reference for clinically relevant items that pertain to the identification and management of trigger points.

The first section of the book covers the theory and current research regarding the Myofascial Trigger Point Syndrome. The research is the most current and up-to-date available on the pathogenesis of Myofascial dysfunction, clinical symptoms, physical findings as well as diagnostic criteria. Treatment methods and techniques are also covered in a comprehensive and step-by-step format.

The second section includes the most important muscles that tend to have a higher incidence of the Myofascial involvement. Each muscle is supplemented by two pages of text and illustrations to better aid the student or clinician in an institutional or practicing setting. The muscle page contains a plethora of information for the reader including muscle origin, insertion, location of trigger points, referenced pain patterns, myofascial stretching exercises, positive stretch signs, and biomechanics of injury. Extensive full-color illustrations and pictures include treatment techniques, therapeutic interventions and patient home exercise programs.

This innovative and concise new clinical reference guide is perfect for the student learning about the diagnosis and treatment of the Myofascial Trigger Point Syndrome or therapist interested learning or applying this successful and effective method of treatment.

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Part A. Theory
Chapter 1. Myofascial Trigger Points: A Historical Perspective
Chapter 2. Acupuncture versus Trigger Point Therapy
Chapter 3. Muscle-Nerve Physiology and Contraction
Chapter 4. Pathogenesis of Myofascial Trigger Points
Chapter 5. Clinical Symptoms and Physical Findings
Chapter 6. Referred Pain Pattern Mechanisms
Chapter 7. Classification of Myofascial Trigger Points
Chapter 8. Biomechanics of Injury
Chapter 9. Myofascial Diagnosis
Chapter 10. Myofascial Treatment
Chapter 11. Perpetuating Factors in Myofascial Trigger Points
Chapter 12. Trigger Point Dry Needling
Chapter 13. Trigger Point and Myofascial Therapy Contraindications
Chapter 14. Part A Review Questions Answer Key
Part B. Muscle Regions
Cervical Spine Region
Temporomandibular Joint Region
Upper Extremity Region
Abdominal Region
Thoracolumbar Spine Region &BR


“Clinicians and students can easily use this book to enhance their understanding of trigger point therapy theory and technique. I highly recommend this book.”

    — Mary Delaney, PT, Journal of the Section on Women’s Health

“The manual would be useful for any practicing physical therapy clinician or student who has an interest in evaluating and treating myofascial trigger points.”

— Elaine Rosen, PT, DHSc, OCS, FAAOMPT, Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy

"I recommend this book as a reference to any manual therapist who would like to assist them in treating myofascial trigger points."

— Sylvia Mehl, PT, OCS, Orthopaedic Practice
 "The 'how-to' chapters are clear and well illustrated. This is one of the clearer and more helpful books I have seen on this topic." 

— Sherry Borcherding, MA, OTR/L, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

About the Editors

 Dimitrios Kostopoulos, PT, PhD has a Doctorate and Master's degrees from New York University and is actively pursuing his second Doctorate at Rocky Mountain University (Clinical Electrophysiology). He has extensive teaching experience in different areas of manual therapy & he is actively involved in research.  

Konstantine Rizopoulos, PT, FABS has completed extensive post-graduate training in Manual Therapy & has taught manual therapy seminars worldwide.  

Both authors are owners of Hands On Seminars ( and Hands-On Physical Therapy in New York (