Manual Trigger Point Therapy Courses

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The Manual Trigger Point Therapy courses are intended for physiotherapists, medical doctors and chiropractors. We have been offering Manual Trigger Point Therapy courses since 1995. They have now become internationally known. The courses are very practical oriented. Systematic Manual Trigger Point Therapy, as we teach it, was developed in the early 1980s in Switzerland by Dr. Beat Dejung, MD in cooperation with a team of physiotherapists. With the Manual Trigger Point Therapy, trigger points and fascia can be treated very effectively and sustainably. The detailed knowledge of the topographic surface anatomy that is provided is put into practice by means of palpation. Students practice the various techniques of Manual Trigger Point Therapy under consistent supervision. The theoretical training includes the pathophysiology, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, differential diagnosis and the clinical practice of myofascial trigger points and myofascial dysfunctions and pain syndromes as well as the indications and contraindications of Manual Trigger Point Therapy. The course provides an insight into important research results in the fields of Manual Trigger Point Therapy and myofascial pain. During self-study you deal autonomously with the treatment techniques of muscles that are rarely affected in clinical practice or that are similar to the muscles discussed previously.
On completion of training, after the top 30 MT (or Top 30 Combi) and the Advanced MT courses Upper Body and Lower Body, participants receive the diploma "Trigger Point Therapist DGSA".

All DGSA Manual Trigger Point Therapy courses have the Swiss EduQua quality certificate.

Top 30 MT

Prerequisites

  • The course is designed for PTs, MDs, DCs and DOs.

Duration of the Course

  • 22.5 hours

Course Contents

This three-day introductory course covers the foundations of trigger point therapy, myofascial pain syndrome, and the clinical highlights of manual trigger point therapy. It is a hands on course. Participants practice manual trigger point therapy of the Top 30 muscles with each other. This is a training program with immediate clinical applicability upon completion.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will ...

  • understand the basic scientific background of the myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points.
  • be able to identify the Top 30 muscles by surface anatomy, palpation and by function. They will also understand their clinical symptoms and perpetuating factors.
  • be able to identify the features of trigger points by physical examination and apply this knowledge to the top 30 muscles.
  • understand the specific indications and contraindications of manual trigger point therapy.
  • be able to perform manual trigger point therapy for the top 30 muscles.
  • understand the possible side effects and complications of manual trigger point therapy and will be able to react appropriately.
  • have updated their anatomy skills and knowledge.

Advanced Course Upper Body MT - Upper Half of Body

Prerequisites

  • Top 30 MT or
  • Top 30 Combi or
  • MT1
  • or equivalent courses from another course provider. Please ask the organizer of your course.

Duration of the Course

  • 15 hours

Course Contents

During this two-day advanced course, participants will learn the diagnosis, physical examination and manual trigger point therapy of the most common muscles of the upper half of the body. This is a hands-on course. Participants practice with each other. This is a training program with immediate clinical applicability upon completion.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will ...

  • be able to identify the most common muscles of the upper half of the body by surface anatomy, palpation and function and understand their clinical symptoms and perpetuating factors.
  • be able to identify the features of the trigger points by physical examination and apply this knowledge to the most common muscles of the upper half of the body.
  • be able to perform manual trigger point therapy for the most common muscles of the upper half of the body.
  • have updated their knowledge about research in the field of myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points.

Advanced Course Lower Body MT - The Lower Extremities

Prerequisites

  • Top 30 MT or
  • Top 30 Combi or
  • MT1
  • or equivalent courses from another course provider. Please ask the organizer of your course.

Duration of the Course

  • 15 hours

Course Contents

During this two-day advanced course participants will learn the diagnosis, physical examination and manual trigger point therapy of the most common muscles of the lower extremities. This is a hands-on course. Participants practice with each other. This is a training program with immediate clinical applicability upon completion.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will ...

  • be able to identify the most common muscles of the lower extremities by surface anatomy, palpation and function and know their clinical symptoms and perpetuating factors.
  • be able to identify the features of the trigger points by physical examination and apply this knowledge to the most common muscles of the lower extremities.
  • be able to perform manual trigger point therapy for the most common muscles of the lower extremities.
  • have updated their knowledge about research in the field of myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points.

Self-Study Section

The self-study section includes independent learning of additional muscles that are rarely affected in clinical practice or that are similar to the muscles discussed in previous training. In addition, paticipants are referred to relevant evidence based literature. The ratio between frontal learning hours and self-study follows the ECTS recommendations, and the self-study section is a total of 25 hours. The list of muscles learned in the self-study section can be found here.

Diploma Trigger Point Therapist DGSA®

After completing all the courses in Manual Trigger Point Therapy (Top 30 MT or Top 30 Combi / Advanced Courses Upper Body MT and Lower Body MT), the participant receives the diploma Trigger Point Therapist DGSA®.