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 £157.00
A deposit of £31.40 (20%) will secure your place.

Once received a confirmation email, additional course details together with the banking details for the outstanding balance (£125.60) 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

Friday 26th March 2021

9am – 5.30pm


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