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 MT 1 (or Top 30 Combi) and the MT 2 course, participants receive the diploma "Trigger Point Therapist DGSA".

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

MT 1

Prerequisites

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

Duration of the Course

  • 15 hours

Course Contents

This two-day introductory course covers the clinical essence of manual trigger point therapy, myofascial pain syndrome and includes practical and theoretical basic knowledge, as well as the treatment of selected muscles of the upper half of the body. This is a training program with immediate clinical applicability upon completion. It is a hands-on course with consistent supervision, where participants practice manual trigger point therapy on each other.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the MT 1 course, participants will be able to identify the features of trigger points by physical examination and to perform manual trigger point therapy for the selected muscles of the upper half of the body.

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 selected muscles of the upper half of the body 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 selected muscles of the upper half of the body.
  • understand the specific indications and contraindications of manual trigger point therapy.
  • be able to perform manual trigger point therapy for the selected muscles of the upper half of the body.
  • 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.

MT 2

Prerequisites

  • MT 1 or
  • Top 30 Combi or
  • Top 30 MT

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 selected muscles of the lower half of the body. Theoretical and practical content from the MT 1 course will be repeated and deepened. This is a training program with immediate clinical applicability upon completion. It is a hands-on course with consistent supervision, where participants practice manual trigger point therapy on each other. In addition to the practical work, the current literature will be addressed at the MT 2 courses.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the MT 2 course, participants will be able to identify the features of trigger points by physical examination and to perform manual trigger point therapy for the selected muscles of the lower half of the body.

Upon completion of the course, participants will ...

  • be able to identify the selected muscles of the lower 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 selected muscles of the upper lower half of the body.
  • be able to perform manual trigger point therapy for the selected muscles of the lower half of the body.
  • have updated their anatomy skills and knowledge.
  • 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. Most of them are rarely affected in clinical practice or are similar to the muscles discussed in previous training. In addition, participants 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 (MT 1 or Top 30 Combi / MT 2), the participant receives the diploma Trigger Point Therapist DGSA®.

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