Brief Annotated Bibliography
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The books and articles by Janet Travell and David Simons have
changed my life.
Janet Travell, President Kennedy's White House
physician, mapped the
trigger points for us. David Simons, her partner, mapped them and documented them.
Together they wrote the definitive texts on myofascial trigger points and founded the
field of myofascial medicine.
These texts hold the key to understanding
many myofascial trigger point symptoms. Doctors who obtain them, study them and use them will find that many of
their "problem" chronic pain patients will be problems no longer.
These two books are the most important medical texts for the
understanding of myofascial trigger points.
Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual-The Upper Body, Vol I, ed. 2, by David G. Simons, MD, Janet G. Travell, MD, and Lois S.
Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual,
Vol II-The Lower Body, by Janet G. Travell MD, and David G. Simons,
MD, Williams and Wilkins, Vol. II, 1998
Concise Book of Neuromuscular Therapy: a trigger point manual by John
Sharkey. Although this book was written specifically for neuromuscular
therapists, it is a fine introduction to myofascial trigger points for
anyone who practices manual medicine. Now that TrPs are being recognized as
a key maintenance factor of fibromyalgia central sensitization,
professionals of all types need to understand that their scope is more than
just sports medicine. This book contains an overview of TRP physiology,
patient assessment and treatment, and clear diagrams and descriptions of TrP
symptoms, and I highly recommend it.
Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management
by Carolyn R. McMakin
Review by Devin J. Starlanyl
This is a remarkable book for the licensed care providers. First, I must say that I have been interested in Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) for some time. I've taken the Core course and studied the Advanced course. I've seen FSM and I've experienced it. This technology works. On one channel, each frequency is specific to a type of tissue, and resonates with that tissue. On the other channel, each frequency resonates with a specific condition. The energy used in FSM is the same strength as that generated by a living cell. This may sound as though it comes to you directly from Star Fleet Medical. We tend to forget that we already live in the space age. This is technology that is available today. We're on a learning curve, and the journey is amazing. I had Barrett's esophagus, with several other esophageal areas biopsied and found abnormal. Those tissues are healthy now. FSM helps keep me functioning at the level that I do.
The author of this book has blazed a strong trail in this field. Dr. McMakin is an explorer in a vast new world. In this book, she tells us a little about how this science developed, and explains the importance of the medical studies that show FSM positively affects levels of some of our important biochemicals. The effectiveness of FSM on fibromyalgia, myofascial pain and neuropathic (nerve -generated) pain have been also documented in medical journals. This book tells you how you can treat a variety of illnesses, including those that are usually treated with invasive options. This technology can't restore tissue that is no longer there. It can treat a very wide variety of conditions in a wide variety of tissues. This book can change you. It can change your practice. It can open you up to new possibilities. If you are not willing to venture out of a comfortable rut, this book is not for you. If you want to be able to change energy levels in your patients/clients; if you want to get at the source of some of the symptoms; if you're ready for a new adventure in healing, get this book. If you have taken the courses and use FSM technology, you still need this book It's one of the best health care investments you can make.
NeuroKinetic Therapy: An Innovative Approach to Manual Muscle Testing by David Weinstock. 2010.
This concise, clear book has what you need to identify weak muscles. This could help discover deep or otherwise hidden TrPs.
Mastery in the Treatment of Myofascial Pain, by Lucy Whyte Ferguson and
In my opinion, this
book should be read and reread by anyone who practices any form of
myofascial pain medicine. If you want to know which order to treat
TrP-laden muscles and how to release difficult areas and so much more, it’s
here, waiting for you.
the Dysfunctional Gut: A Common Hidden Key Perpetuating Factor
Point of Pain: Wall Charts, by Travell and Simons
wall charts are excellent quick references to many common myofascial trigger
points and their referral patterns. They are easy to see and also can
provide a visual aid to teach your patients about referred pain.
Patients often recognize their pain patterns from the charts, allowing you to
pinpoint the triggers quickly, and are a good supplement to the Trigger Point
trigger points (TrPs) cause muscle dysfunction and loss of range of motion
(ROM) even before they cause pain. Overlapping TrP pain patterns can cause
confusion for care providers and patients. Specific ROM tests can help
you distinguish between different TrPs. Visit Round
Earth Publishing and check out this valuable resource.
Ethics of Caring: Honoring the Web of Life in Our Professional Healing
Relationships, by Kylea Taylor
Patients in chronic pain often have
boundary issues. This can make life more difficult for care
providers who do not have mechanisms in place to safeguard their own
boundaries and still provide compassionate care. This is an
interesting and comprehensive exploration of ethical issues that may
develop, as well as problem preventing strategies.
The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease, by
Robert C. Scaer, MD
This book focuses on one of the
often-neglected parts of the stress response. There is not just “fight
or flight” but there is “freeze” as well. The author, a neurologist and
psychiatrist, believes that many traumas (including whiplash) can
trigger chronic conditions, including some cases of myofascial pain,
PTSD and RSD through this freeze response. He explains possible
mechanisms and offers therapy suggestions. It is heavily
referenced, although biased towards psychology and psychiatric studies.
It is very thought-provoking.
This book has a wealth of information from Dr. Chaitow, plus marvelous
contributions from many trail blazers in fibromyalgia research. It
also includes a useful CD.
the Most of It Seminar
CDs are now available from the March
22, 2003, Cincinnati, Ohio, seminar.
Medical and legal experts explain what you need to know about fibromyalgia
and myofascial pain.
Points: Understanding Myofascial Pain and Discomfort, by Sally
set of flip charts shows the location of many common myofascial trigger
points. Some referral patterns are shown, and also some exercises for
the relief of the TrPs are shown and explained. This can be a useful
A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb and Vitamin Interactions,
by Schuyler W. Lininger, DC, Steve Austin, ND, Forrest Batz, Alan Gaby, MD,
and Don Brown
Prescription medications, drugs and herbs can often
interact. One can block another or potentiate it. This
informative guide can help you sort them out and help prevent problems.
Automobile Accidents: Investigation and
Documentation, by Peter H.
Rast and Robert E. Sterns
Due to common misunderstandings, people are
often injured in low-speed automobile accidents and fail to receive the
justice and the help they need and deserve.
This book documents that low speed accidents often impact more on the
occupants than on the vehicle.
Medicinals: A Clinician's Guide, Lucinda G. Miller (ed) and
Wallace J. Murray (ed)
Many patients are taking herbal medicines, and
it is vital that you know about what they are taking. Some of these
herbals can be powerful, and some can have effects that are unsuspected by
the patient. This reference can help you find out what you need to
and Pain (Progress in Inflammation Research),
L. R. Watkins (ed)
and S.F. Maier (ed)
neither fibromyalgia nor myofascial pain are inflammatory conditions per se,
this research in pro-inflammatory cytokines and the immune system to brain
communications pathway led to the understanding of the central sensitization
state of fibromyalgia and may hold the clues to the eventual use of
anti-inflammatory cytokines to treat the chronic pain state.
Guide to Metabolic Health,
by Dr. Gina Honeyman-Lowe and Dr. John Lowe
book is now available in a complete and easy-to-read format. This book
teaches metabolic rehabilitation in a way that is easy for
patients to understand. The Lowe method it is not "just
thyroid supplementation". It is a complete method for health
improvement. You will learn why patients with fibromyalgia can benefit
from metabolic rehabilitation. The book includes sections on
diet, sleep, hormone balancing and other perpetuating factors, and is a
hands-on, how-to book, with medical documentation. It is a valuable
tool that can help you feel better.
Resistance, by Andrew J. Krentz
is a handy summary of current knowledge and management techniques concerning
insulin resistance and some co-existing conditions (from the United
Resistance: the Metabolic Syndrome X, Gerald N. Reaven (ed), Ami Lewis
in-depth book shows how the affect of insulin resistance goes far beyond
diabetes. This book basically covers current research on “the causes, main
events and results” of this epidemic condition.
Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are, by Joseph LeDoux
This book is an
explanation of recent research concerning how the brain thinks and
how it creates, in part, our individuality. Although the author does
not mention fibromyalgia, he does explain central nervous system plasticity
that makes fibromyalgia and the central sensitization that is part of it
possible. The ramifications of Hebbian plasticity, malconnection syndromes
and long-term potentiation (LTP) are discussed in comprehensible
language. Learning why NMDA receptors allow LTP give the reader insight as
to possible modifiers of some kind of chronic pain. Learn why
"alterations in synaptic connectivity in neural circuits, rather than
just levels of neurotransmitters or receptors, are important."
Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and
Movement Therapists, by Thomas W. Myers
is everything you ever wanted to know about myofascia, including
explanations on the microscopic level, with fascinating and detailed
drawings. Superb for care
providers and for medically educated patients.
Overview and Pathogenesis of the Fibromyalgia
Syndrome, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and
Syndromes, I. Jon Russell, MD, PhD (ed) 1996
This book includes articles not only by the great FMS researcher
(and editor) I. Jon Russell on the neurochemical pathogenesis of FMS, but important papers
such as the update on myofascial TrPs by David Simons, the "father of MPS", and an article
on HPA-axis disruption in FMS.
The MYOPAIN 2010 abstracts from the Eighth International Scientific and Clinical Meeting, October 3-7, Toledo Spain are free and available on www.myopain.org
Messengers: Hormones, Neurotransmitters and
Growth Factors, by D.
G. Hardie, 1991
This is an easy to understand guide to neurotransmitters, and you
need to understand neurotransmitters to understand fibromyalgia. It provides good
Release and Its Modulation: Biochemical
Mechanisms, Physiological Function, and Clinical
Relevance, Nancy Klimas, MD, and Roberto Patarca, MD, PhD. 1996.
Powis, David A. and
Stephen J. Bunn (editors)
This is a detailed and extensive compilation of articles on
neurotransmitters and their relevance to medical care. When you read this, remember that
FMS is a neuroendocrine disorder with neurotransmitter dysfunction. This book will give
you important clues to your FMS patients' symptoms, as well as information on therapies.
Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome : Clinical
Conference, American Association of
Syndrome, Nancy Klimas, MD, and Roberto Patarca, MD, PhD. 1996
This is one of the most comprehensive books on chronic fatigue
syndrome, with sections on neurocognitive testing, treatment options, symptom management,
and a special section on fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and Gulf War patients.
Pain and Fibromyalgia (Advances in Pain Research
and Therapy, Vol. 17), James R.
Fricton and Essam A. Awad (editors) 1990
This book is written by two experts in the field of myofascial pain.
The sections on TMJ dysfunction are particularly detailed and helpful.
to Fantastic, by Jacob Teitelbaum, 2001
I have talked with Jacob Teitelbaum, another physician with
fibromyalgia, and was impressed with the comprehensive nature of his approach.
He looks at metabolic factors and tests for a variety of infections.
Included are handy questionnaires and valuable protocols for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue
syndrome and yeast.
Pain and Its Relief Without Addiction: Clinical
Issues in the Use
of Opioids and Other Analgesics, by Barry Stimmel, 1997
If you are concerned about adequate pain control for your patients,
the background you need for chronic pain management and guidelines for adequate pain
control are here. This field has changed radically in the light of new research.
Get up to
A Primer of
Drug Action: A Concise, Nontechnical Guide to the
Actions, Uses and Side Effects of
Psychoactive Drugs, by Robert M. Julien
Many physicians have reported this to be helpful in grasping
the "big picture", which includes nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, steroids and
Progress in Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain (Pain Research
and Clinical Management, Vol 6). H. Vaeroy, MD, and H. Merskey (editors)
Pain, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and the
Fibromyalgia Syndrome, by Soren
Jacobsen, MD, Bente Danneskiold-Samsoe, MD, PhD, and Birger Lund, MD, PhD
Pain and Fibromyalgia: Trigger Point Management, by Edward S.
Rachlin, MD. 1994
Trigger Points and Musculoskeletal Pain, Second Edition, by P.E. Baldry,
This is a marvelous book for
physical therapists, acupuncturists and doctors of all types wishing to broaden their
knowledge, written by someone with a good background in myofascial trigger points. This book is too technical for many patients.
Principles of Manual Medicine, Second Edition, by Philip E.
This book is important for
any doctor or physical therapist involved with the practice of manual medicine.
is too technical for many patients.
Muscle Pain: Understanding its Nature, Diagnosis and
Treatment, Seigfreid Mense, David G. Simons, and I. Jon Russell. 2001.
Epidemiology of Pain: For the IASP Task Force on
Epidemiology, Iain K. Crombie, Peter R. Croft, Steven J. Linton, Linda LaResche and Michael Von
Korff [Editors] International Association for the Study of Pain, IASP Press.
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