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Myofascial Pain Due to Trigger Points

The National Fibromyalgia Partnership (NFP) now offers a brochure on myofascial pain due to trigger points, a condition which is quite common among patients with fibromyalgia. The brochure was written by the NFP and was medically reviewed by leading experts in the field of myofascial pain treatment and research.


Note: This brochure is for non-profit, educational purposes only and may not be sold or republished in any venue.

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Books on Myofascial Pain

Healing through Trigger Point Therapy: A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction

By Devin J. Starlanyl & John Sharkey. Illustrations by Amanda Williams. (Published by Lotus Publishing. Chichester, U.K. & North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California U.S.A., 2013)

Like her extraordinary mentors, the late Janet Travell, M.D., and David Simons, M.D., who were pioneers in the field of myofascial pain, Devin J. Starlanyl continues to open doors to new generations of patients and health care providers who are interested in learning more about the powerful research on myofascial pain which has evolved in recent decades - most recently the imaging of myofascial trigger points at the NIH and Mayo Clinic. Devin J. Starlanyl is a well-known authority on chronic myofascial pain and fibromyalgia; she lives with both conditions. She has published over 100 articles on these topics in national and international journals and is a best-selling author of two other books. John Sharkey, MSc, is an exercise physiologist, anatomist, neuromuscular therapist, and author. In this new book, the authors provide practical tutorials on muscle, fascia, and myofascial trigger points and discuss the important relationship between chronic myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. They explain new research which suggests that myofascial trigger points in the periphery of the body can act as pain generators and are often the true culprits of pain and other disabling symptoms in patients, while it is fibromyalgia that amplifies the pain. The hallmark of this book is the "Gallery" which contains detailed discussions of selected muscles throughout the body. The reader will find detailed medical information about the function of each muscle complete with medical illustrations of the highest quality. Constructive self-help suggestions are provided to patients, and clinical information is offered for health care professionals. [This 263-page book is available in soft cover from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.]


Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain: A Survival Manual—Second Edition
By Devin Starlanyl & Mary Ellen Copeland (New Harbinger Publications, 2001)

Twenty-eight, reader-friendly chapters and three appendices provide a wealth of highly relevant material on two medical conditions, fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain, which frequently occur together. Also included are supplemental anatomical diagrams and references which greatly enrich its content. Of this book, the late David Simons, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University and an international authority on myofascial pain, wrote: "The guidance in this book can serve both practitioners who have yet to understand the nature of their own musculoskeletal aches and pains, and patients who are unable to find a practitioner adequately skilled in this neglected subject. The message of this books is a voice crying out in a wilderness of neglect." [Available at selected bookstores and online at Amazon.]


The Fibromyalgia Advocate: Getting The Support You Need To Cope With Fibromyalgia And Myofascial Pain Syndrome
By Devin J. Starlanyl, M.D. (New Harbinger Publications, 1998)

Although an earlier publication by Devin Starlanyl, this book on fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, is unique in offering a wide range of self-help information and medical, legal, and financial resources. Of special interest is Chapter 7 which contains a large number of fact sheets (now quite well known in the FM community) designed for patients to share with all different types of medical/dental specialists to familiarize them with fibromyalgia and suggest how they might best approach FM patients when treating them in their practices. Examples of medical professionals targeted are: primary care physicians, cardiologists, chiropractors, dentists, dermatologists, emergency room staff, ENTs, eye doctors, gastroenterologists, neurologists, and more. [Available at selected bookstores and online at Amazon.]


The Art Of Body Maintenance: Winners' Guide To Pain Relief
By Hal Blatman, M.D., and Brad Ekvall, B.F.A. (Danua Press, LLC, 2006)

As described by Devin Starlanyl, respected author and authority on chronic myofascial pain and fibromyalgia: "This book is as important for the chronic pain patient as it is for the athlete. Imagine a world in which you have a body-worker on 24-hour call, and when you called, this therapist arrived immediately and could tell you exactly where the pain originated and what to do about it and how to prevent it from occurring in the future. This book will teach you how to be that therapist. This book is also an important time-saving tool for doctors, nurses, trigger point myotherapists, physical therapists, occupational and vocational therapists, massage therapists, and many other care providers as a neatly packaged 'how-to' book of exercise, pain control, and prevention. It is a book that can and should be used by anyone having muscle pain. This book does more than teach about myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). It teaches an integrated program of stretching, proper breathing, and ball acupressure. This book is written by a specialist in myofascial medicine, pain management, and integrative medicine. Dr. Blatman sees complex pain patients every day and enables them to improve their lives. He has put what you need to know into a wonderfully entertaining, informative, and well-illustrated book. Realistic cartoon figures illustrate how to stretch and move in a healthy way that is integrated with ball techniques. You will learn where the MTrPs are and what to do about them." -- Note: Devin Starlanyl has no financial interest in this book or in the Blatman Pain Clinic. [This book is available in soft cover through: www.winoverpain.com. Contact Danua Press at: 10653 Techwoods Circle, Suite 101, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Phone: 513-956-3200, ext. 4.]




Clinical Mastery In The Treatment Of Myofascial Pain
By Lucy White Ferguson, D.C., and Robert Gerwin, M.D. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005)

This book brings together a multidisciplinary group of distinguished experts on myofascial pain from a range of disciplines, including chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy, and medicine to address therapeutic approaches to common muscle and joint pain. "The result—practical, problem-solving approaches that can help you become more effective in recognizing conditions, developing treatment regimens that reduce the length of treatment, and suggesting patient activities that encourage the recover process." [428 pages, hardcover. Available online from Amazon.]

Muscle Pain—Understanding Its Nature, Diagnosis, And Treatment
By Siegfried Mense, Prof. Dr. Med.; David G. Simons, M.D.; and I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D. (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2000)

Carefully constructed by three giants in the field of muscle and soft tissue research, this authoritative new textbook constructs a platform of medically-accurate information and thought-provoking discussion upon which future investigators and scholars can build. The authors provide precise definitions of the muscle terminology which has often been used carelessly and inaccurately in casual conversation. They also address such general topics as the relationship between acute and chronic pain, gender differences in the experience of pain, and difficulties in doctor/patient communication on the subject of pain symptoms. They then cover in greater depth the individual topics of local pain, neuropathic pain, referred pain, increased tension, reflexly mediated and postural pain, centrally modified pain, and myofascial pain--all in the context of muscle. A final comprehensive chapter on fibromyalgia by I. Jon Russell, M.D., Ph.D., is included. Each chapter presents a historical overview which assesses the theories and disagreements which have characterized its particular subject matter. Then, current research and new hypotheses are considered along with detailed information on pharmacologic therapies. [400 pages, hardback. Available from the publisher's website, www.lippincott.com, at selected bookstores, and online at Amazon.]

Soft Tissue Pain Syndromes: Clinical Diagnosis and Pathogenesis
By Dieter E. Pongratz, Prof. Dr. med.; Siegfried Mense, Prof. Dr. med.; Michael Spaeth, Dr. med. M.D. (CRC Press, 2006)

This book is a collection of the finest presentations from the 2004 Sixth World Congress of the International Myopain Society (MYOPAIN 2004) held in Munich, Germany, where respected experts presented the state-of-the-art in pain mechanisms, myofascial pain, fibromyalgia syndrome, and inflammatory myopathies. Up-to-date innovative studies illustrate appropriate diagnostic approaches and latest practical treatments for soft tissue pain syndromes of all types.

Presentations on myofascial pain syndrome included in the book are:

  • Mechanisms of the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain (Walter Zieglgänsberger)
  • New Aspects Of Myofascial Trigger Points: Etiological and Clinical (David G. Simons)
  • Differential Diagnosis of Trigger Points (Robert Gerwin)
  • Trigger Points as a Cause of Orofacial Pain (Sandro Palla)
  • Myofascial Pain Therapy (Chang-Zern Hong)

Presentations on fibromyalgia included in the book are:

  • Pain and the Neuroendocrine System (Gunther Neeck)
  • Developments in the Fibromyalgia Syndrome (I. Jon Russell)
  • Diagnostic Criteria and Differential Diagnosis in the Fibromyalgia Syndrome (Robert M. Bennett)
  • Fibromyalgia: Novel Therapeutic Aspects (Carol Burckhardt);
  • Fibromyalgia: Novel Drug Therapies (Leslie Crofford)

[134 pages, softcover. Available online at Amazon.]


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