Trigger Point Therapy


10 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • Materials and Test Shipped to You
  • Text Materials Shipped and Test Online


Trigger point therapy is a proven approach for the relief of soft-tissue pain and dysfunction. This continuing education course provides a uniquely specific study of trigger point location and alleviation as well as specific cautions and contraindications. This course serves practitioners who want to better understand and reduce their own pain as well as those who want to help their clients.

In this course, you will learn:

  • what trigger points (TPs) are, how they are created and the ways they commonly manifest in the body
  • the prevalence and physiology of trigger points
  • how trigger points are caused
  • how to find many central and attachment trigger points
  • "referred pain" and how to identify it in a client
  • ways to maintain healthy body mechanics and prevent injury to your hands when working on trigger points
  • most common trigger point locations in each of these areas: head and neck; shoulder, upper back and upper arm; elbow, forearm and hand; chest and abdomen; mid-back, low back and buttocks; hip, thigh and knee; lower leg, ankle and foot
  • self-massage techniques that clients can use to continue their therapy at home
  • how to treat your own trigger points and how to prevent their return

Course Reviews

Laura Kruse, LMT, NCTMB

This text is what every massage therapist needs in his or her library. Easy to read and informative text! A fantastic review of muscular function, trigger point theory and healing. This course has been an inspiration to me and helps me to believe I can help myself and my clients as a massage therapist until I choose to retire, rather than forced to retire from my own aches and pains. This is one of the best courses of study I have pursued in my massage continuing education. (I've been at it for 12 years!)

Ellen Eng, RN, Massage Therapist, Carson City, NV

This class gave me skills that I immediately began using on myself. This practice gave me instant feedback, enhanced my learning and brought welcome relief to my own problem areas. I am already using techniques in my massage practice as well. Overall I loved the practicality and ease in learning of this course.

Cynthia Koscinch, LMP, CMA

This is the most useful CE course ever! The textbook does a wonderful job clearly presenting the information in an easy to follow format incorporating multiple learning styles. It suggests numerous approaches for releasing TPs so both beginners, like my 14 y.o. daughter and professionals alike can obtain immediate results. This should be a must read for everyone. Thank you for offering a great course at an affordable price!

Janet Ruckrigl, LMT, NCTMB

I had some exposure on Trigger Points and wanted to gain as much knowledge as possible to help clients with various problems. I read the majority of the text book and will use it as a reference, since there is so much excellent information. I also intend to learn more on this topic! Thank you for offering it as a continuing education course!

Rebecca Taylor, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed the book. Clair Davies made the material interesting with stories from his personal life and stories from others with trigger point issues. It is pretty inspirational that he was able to figure out Travell and Simons book and put it into concepts for the lay person and for the professional massage therapist. Thanks!

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  • Text - 376 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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