Myofascial Trigger Point Release for the Treatment of Pain and Enhancing Motor Control Efficiency

Course Description

This course introduces a functional approach to myofascial trigger point theory. A review of myofascial pain and trigger point dysfunction is presented. It details techniques for palpation and manual release of active trigger points associated with dysfunction of the global muscle system and related pain patterns (MTP).  The course describes how myofascial trigger points are ‘triggered’ from a functional, movement and muscle imbalance point of view.  Thus, muscle imbalance rehabilitation is used to treat myofascial trigger points.  The use of how myofascial trigger point release can be used to facilitate normal movement is also covered.  The course provides problem solving strategies that consider anatomical, physiological and biomechanical principles, articular dysfunction and motor control learning issues.


Course Objectives:    

  • Palpate and understand the difference between myofascial trigger points and other tender points
  • Make a clinical diagnosis of a myofacial trigger point as a source of pain
  • Understand how movement and stability dysfunction can play a role in the development of myofascial trigger points
  • Use movement dysfunction analysis as a clinical reasoning tool to help guide manual therapy and myofascial trigger point release
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of myofascial trigger point release, movement dysfunction and stability training into clinical practice


Motor Control Rehab
The ‘trigger’ is often poor motor control. We cover the key exercises to deal with the most common trigger points. We’ll also show you how trigger points can be used to enhance motor control

Primitive Reflexes
Primitive reflexes can influence movement and therefore also be a ‘trigger’.  We will introduce some key primitive reflexes to help you.

Spinal Reflexes
Spinal reflexes can also be involved with the maintenance of increased tone and trigger points.  We’ll show you strategies to identify and treat these.

Stress, Emotions, Immune system, and Nutrition
It is well acknowledges that these factors influence muscle function.  We will show you when these need to be addressed in rehab

Muscles can maintain increased activity to protect neural tissue.  We will give you strategies to deal with this.

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