Acupuncture, Trigger Points and Musculoskeletal Pain. Edition No. 3

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  • 400 Pages
  • Elsevier Health Science
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The third edition of this highly successful book describes how musculoskeletal pain can be simply and effectively treated by acupuncture. It gives a comprehensive account of current knowledge concerning two very commonly occurring musculoskeletal pain disorders - the myofascial trigger point pain syndrome and the fibromyalgia syndrome.

Myofascial trigger point pain syndrome is an all too common complaint. It often goes unrecognised or alternatively is passed off as trivial and ineffectively treated. This third edition gives a wide ranging review of current knowledge concerning it. The author, after having given a detailed account of the neurophysiology of pain in general, discusses at length the pathophysiology of myofascial trigger point nociceptive pain and the rationale for alleviating it by means of the acupuncture technique of superficially applied dry needle - evoked nerve stimulation at trigger point sites.

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PART ONE: Acupuncture - A historical review
1. Traditional Chinese acupuncture
2. How news of acupuncture and moxibustion spread from China to the outside world
3. The practice of acupuncture in the Western world during the 19th century
PART TWO: Principles of trigger point acupuncture
4. Some basic observations leading to its development
5. Evolution of knowledge concerning syndromes for which it is employed
6. Neurophysiology of pain
7. Myofascial tiigger point pain and fibromyalgia syndromes
8. Concurrent complex regional and myofascial trigger point pain syndromes
9. Neurophysiological pain - suppressing effects of acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
10. Treatment of myofascial trigger point pain and fibromyalgia syndromes
11. Scientific evaluation of acupncture's ability to relieve nociceptive pain
PART THREE: The practical application of trigger point acupuncture
12. Chest pain
13. The painful shoulder
14. Pain in the neck
15. Pain in the arm
16. Pain in the head and face
17. Low-back pain
18. Pain in the lower limb
19. Pain in and around joints
20. Abdominal and pelvic pain
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Baldry, Peter E. Emeritus Consultant Physician and Postgraduate Clinical Tutor, Ashford Hospital, London, UK; Member of the British and Irish Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain; Member of the International Myopain Society.
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