A concise, comprehensive, and well-illustrated reference for therapists in training on dry needling, this book provides accurate and essential criteria for the identification and subsequent treatment of myofascial trigger points through the exclusive use of a fine, filiform needle.

Physical therapists including osteopaths, chiropractors, neuromuscular therapists, soft tissue therapists, physiotherapists, and sports massage therapists will find this guide indispensable.

Because Sharkey explains why so many people have unresolved chronic pain and provides clear explanations of how pain is propagated, the book is also an invaluable source of information for patients with chronic pain and their care providers.

John Sharkey—an international authority on myofascial trigger points, myofascial pain, and myofascial trigger point dry needling, as well as an accredited clinical anatomist—draws on his thirty years of experience in bodywork and movement therapy to offer this ideal accompaniment to course notes and the perfect table side reference guide.

He describes the origin, etiology, and pathophysiology of the myofascial trigger point as well as indications and contraindications for myofascial trigger point dry needling. Instructive illustrations support the text, along with standards and guidelines that ensure safe, effective, and appropriate application.