A list of books and websites you may find useful:
The Science of Stretching, by Alex Reid.
Confused about whether or not you should stretch? In this clear and succinct book, Alex Reid gathers and presents the research evidence brilliantly. She also demonstrates how to get the best out of your stretching routines. Highly recommended.
Paul Ingraham and Tim Taylor’s on-line Trigger Point tutorial.
The confident sub-title of this impressive e-book (A guide to the unfinished science of muscle pain, with reviews of every theory and self-treatment and therapy option) is not an exaggeration. A must-read for anyone who wants an evidence-based, practical, no-hype guide to managing trigger points and muscle pain. Point to note: the $20 purchase price buys you free updates “forever”! Content is added or amended by the authors to reflect new evidence.
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, by Clair Davies and Amber Davies.
Arguably the best known and best selling trigger point reference for non-professionals. At time of writing the 3rd Edition alone had over 600 reviews on Amazon, 80% of them 5-star. Practical, comprehensive and well illustrated.
Pain Erasure, by Bonnie Prudden.
This book, a NY Time bestseller in 1982, has been in print for 25 years! The images may be dated, but this is another practical and comprehensive resource. In addition to mapping trigger points, the book highlights the stretches and exercises that, in conjunction with trigger point therapy, comprise ‘Myotherapy’. A word of warning: the images in the book anticipate that you will be working with someone to find and release your trigger points.
Lorimer Moseley et al’s Body in Mind.
Body in Mind was developed by Professor Lorimer Moseley and Digital Publishing Consultant Heidi Allen, to promote better understanding of the clinical pain sciences. The people at Body in Mind work with primary authors to get the science into a form that people like us can understand.