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Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual

Janet Travell, M.D. and David G. Simons, M.D.

The late Dr. Janet Travell, Professor Emeritus at George Washington University Medical School, was a cardiologist who noticed that many presenting cases of angina were unaccompanied by any sign of heart problems. They were, in fact, spasms of the pectoral muscles of the chest. Dr. Travell's observations of muscle spasm and pain led to a whole new field (and incidentally, service as White House physician to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson).

diagram of headaches caused by neck musclesVolume I details upper body including abdominal and back pain; Volume II details lower body. Note: The picture to the left shows the pain referral (transference) pattern from the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle of the neck. In other words, if the head hurts as shown, it may well be from the SCM muscle, not from sinuses or neurological problems in the head itself.

If you develop an interest in this field, consider purchasing these volumes. They are famous for their exquisite illustrations and the detailed (and sometimes groundbreaking) anatomy reported for the first time in this work.

See also our Myofascial Overview & Resources page.

diagram of headache caused by
the trapezius

In this picture, the "X" marks the trigger point in the upper trapezius muscle; the pain, however, occurs as shown, in the side of the head.

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