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Simple Answer, Positive Results

Finding the source of your clients’ pain

By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB

Addressing the pain and discomfort associated with trigger points is one of the most common complaints massage therapists deal with in the treatment room. It’s not uncommon, for example, to palpate a trigger point in the upper trapezius, sternocleidomastoid or suboccipital muscles that produces a referred phenomenon to a completely different area of the body, such as the head. When trigger points refer into the head the phenomenon is often described as pain, a headache, pressure, tingling and/or numbness. Although clients are often surprised at this phenomenon, most are thrilled when I am able to isolate and treat the trigger point. Occasionally, however, a client might show distress at this discovery and say something like, “I’m all screwed up,” “I’m wired wrong‚” or “I’m weird.” In this article, I will share simple solutions for addressing these types of comments in ways that will help empower your clients to have a positive attitude and take a more proactive approach to their health care.

To read the full article, click here:

David Kent – Massage Today: Simple Answers Create Results (05/08)

4 thoughts on “Simple Answer, Positive Results

  1. Would you please correct the link to the full article as it links to the “80/20 rule”. Looking forward to reading it! Thank you.

  2. I corrected the link – enjoy! Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Was on Comfort Craft site getting info on their tables and when I clicked on model 300 was directed to David….not disappointed just looking for a good table. Does David promote/sell this model? I don’t see anything on his site regarding Comfy Craft however I do need some new TP charts!!!
    Thanks for the help!

  4. Hi Chandra,
    Two of my treatment rooms have a Comfort Craft Model 300. I love working on the table which has many advantages over a standard table. I would suggest you call and speak to Jim Craft the owner at 800-858-2838. Regarding Trigger Point Charts call our office at 888-574-5600. I have developed a therapist freindly wall and flip version. Learn more at
    Thank you,

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