Project Description


Trigger point Therapy

The purpose of this course is to explore the pain and dysfunction created by myofascial trigger points – further to discover and master techniques to address these issues.

During this course, we will go on a journey, which will lead to an understanding of the genesis of trigger points, their impact on the muscle activity and joint function and how to effectively deactivate the trigger point to restore balance to a homeostatic state. 

Our understanding will lead to a different approach towards trigger point theory than is traditionally taught.

The standard exploration into trigger point theory begins with the trigger point, followed by the referral zone for pain. This can cause difficulty for the therapist, as all too often the client presentation begins with the referral zone. 

Unless the therapist knows the trigger-points related to the referral zone, they inevitably begin by working backwards so to speak to determine the culprit of the pain. This can be time consuming and importantly prolong the duration of the pain and restriction……valuable time that could have been bypassed had the therapist known the associated triggers points to the joint. 

Therefore, there is a slight twist in the presentation of the course…. we will be working from the joint backwards so to speak. Working from individual specific joint pain or restriction to the muscles commonly associated with referred trigger point pain to that area. From the referral zone to the trigger point, not from the trigger point to the referral zone. 

Certainly, another a ‘tool’ in the therapist arsenal, but with a sharpened approach to drive effectiveness.

Course Structure

  • To summarise, the examination of 35 commonly occurring myofascial trigger-points covering 5 areas of joint related pain – to include: 
    • Knee
    • Elbow
    • Lower back
    • Groin
    • Hip
    • Shoulder
    • Neck
    • Mid and Upper Thoracic 
  • What is a Trigger Point?
  • Muscle composition
  • Aetiology of and how trigger-points form
  • Types of trigger-points
  • Clinical presentation and implications
  • Deactivation methods
  • Contra-indications

Who is this course open to?

This course is suitable for qualified therapists who find that they frequently encounter active and passive points during massage and wish to enhance their existing skill set, to extend their massage ‘toolbox’, to address trigger-points effectively. It is therefore open to therapists who do not possess sports or remedial hand skills, or existing sports therapists open to new ways of treating.

Existing sports therapists are also invited to attend this course, to improve/enhance their existing skill set and learn a new approach to the management of trigger-points.

Course Fees

Course cost £287.00
A deposit of £57.40 (20%) will secure your place.

Once received a confirmation email, additional course details together with the banking details for the outstanding balance (£229.60) payable prior to the course start will be sent to you.

Cost Includes:

  • Comprehensive Manual exclusive to The School of Natural Therapies
  • Diploma from The School of Natural Therapies (FHT and Think Tree Hub Accredited) 
  • A friendly and relaxed learning environment
  • Acquired CPD points towards insurance and professional association requirements.

Exam Details

  • Continuous assessment throughout the course. 
  • End of day assessment of identification and correct application of techniques.

Course Tutor

Joseph O'Dwyer

Joseph O’Dwyer

Course Dates and Info

May 28th/29th (Tuesday/Wednesday)


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Latest Reviews

5 star rating

The trigger point therapy training was simpy fabulous! I have learned so much. It was very well structured and understable.
Joseph is such a great tutor. The knowledge and wisdom he shares is one of a kind.
A big thank you!

Judith (October 12, 2023)

5 star rating

I completed Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy courses with Joseph. It was absolutely amazing! Fully enjoyed it! Very well delivered courses. Very interesting and informative. I can’t recommend Joseph enough! Extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly person.

Dovile (February 16, 2023)

5 star rating

Excellent, well-structured course that provides you with plenty of theoretical but mostly practical knowledge on dealing with trigger points. Joseph was great as always explaining all sorts of issues and answering many questions arising as we were going over each area of the body. The fact that it’s spaced over 2 days gives plenty of time to feel trigger points, release them without feeling rushed at all. Ive already been applying it in treatments, it’s a really handy skill to have

Lukas (December 2, 2021)

5 star rating

Very interesting course. Indispensable for a therapist career. Great tutor ( Joseph)

Stefano Rovatti (June 27, 2021)

5 star rating

The Trigger Point CPD course is a must for any therapist looking to learn more and increase their range of skills.
The course is small and personal with a good amount of theory followed by heaps of hands-on practice too which means you end the day feeling very equipped to add this technique to your tool box.
Joseph is a fantastic teacher with such vast knowledge.
He makes learning accessible and fun and goes above and beyond to give the students his background knowledge and anecdotes.

Highly recommended!

Lucie Armstrong – Clinical Therapist (April 6, 2021)

5 star rating

Fascinating subject, although rapid pace, the delivery was well aimed for all levels of learners.
The content and structure of the course was excellent.
Good mix of academic and practical tuition. Excellent materials.
Duration definitely appropriate as a one-day course.
Relaxed atmosphere, conducive to learning and gaining confidence.
Good value for money and an affordable way to top up on relevant learning and maintain CPD points.
I would be interested in other courses to achieve both.

Robin Williams: (level 3 graduate, currently studying level 5) (April 6, 2021)