WHM Trigger Point Certifications

 

There is a severe global dearth of Trigger Point practitioners who have extensive knowledge of this therapy; we continue to work toward correcting this shortage.

Trigger Point Basics **NEW COURSE**

‘Basics’ is an ideal adjunct to massage therapy, bodywork, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, osteopathy, sports medicine and other health professionals who typically employ hands-on techniques and could benefit from basic skills in comprehensive Trigger Point theory, protocol, and palpation/treatment techniques.

 

Attendees discover that there’s so much more to Trigger Point Therapy than simply following an illustration to inactivate a specific TrP.

 

This course is presented by William Huhn, to professional groups, by arrangement.

 

  • It is presented live, in-class, over 5 consecutive days.
  • There is pre-reading required (perpetuating factors)
  • A Certificate of Achievement is issued upon full attendance and successfully passing a written test.

 

Sorry, this course is NOT open to the general public.

 

Contact us for specific details.

 

Note: this course covers manual compression only.

It does NOT include dry needling nor injection techniques.

 

Here’s Whats Covered

Day 1:

 

Trigger Point theory; 4.0 hours

  • Myofascial Trigger Points are real
  • Causes of trigger point formation
  • Trigger points refer pain in predictable patterns
  • Trigger points affect muscle, fascia and ligaments
  • Other symptoms that trigger points produce (e.g. autonomic/proprioceptive phenomena)
  • Susceptibility to trigger points
  • Vitamins and minerals; their relationship to muscle health
  • How to carry out basic “trigger points” assessment of your client
  • How to physically train/rehab the client when trigger points are suspected
  • The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: by Clair Davies, N.C.T.M.B.
  • Travell and Simons, M.D. and their contributions to Trigger Point

Lunch 1.0 hour

 

Intake/Assessment; 2.5 hours

  • Patient/client Intake interview
  • Assessment techniques

Questions 0.5 hour

 

Day 2:

 

Hands-on; 1.0 hour

  • TMJD and related issues.
  • Practicing location/palpation techniques on sternocleidomastoid, levator scapula, masseter, temporalis, lateral pterygoid, medial pterygoid, digastric, pectoralis and trapezius muscles.

 

 

Hands-on; 2.0 hours
Treating headaches, neck pain, vertigo, migraine.

  • detailed palpation techniques of muscles for trigger points, treatment techniques, post-treatment protocol, latent/active TrPs, contraindications.
  • explain how TrPs play a major role in vertigo, neck pain, headache issues and migraine.
  • discuss the muscles that play a causal role in these issues – and how to deactivate their trigger points.

Some muscles we will treat are: sternocleidomastoid, suboccipital, trapezius, temporalis, and others.

  • demonstrate how exercise affects trigger points in these muscles.
  • protocol for rehabilitating the TrP affected muscle

 

Lunch 1.0 hour

 

Hands-on; 3.0 hours
Shoulder issues, including Frozen Shoulder.

  • detailed palpation techniques of muscles for trigger points, treatment techniques, post-treatment protocol, latent/active TrPs, contraindications.
  • explain how TrPs play a major role in Frozen Shoulder, shoulder pain, stiffness, rotator cuff injuries, and range of motion issues.
  • discuss the muscles that play a causal role in these issues – and how to deactivate their trigger points.
  • Some muscles we will treat are: trapezius, rhomboid, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis, and others.
  • protocol for rehabilitating the TrP affected muscle.
  • how TrPs always affect muscle strength and performance and why muscle performance always improves when trigger points are removed.

 

Questions 0.5 hour

 

Day 3:

 

Review Day 2. 1.0 hour

 

Hands-on; 2.5 hours
Arm pain, CTS, tennis/golfer’s elbow, hand pain/numbness.

  • detailed palpation techniques of muscles for trigger points, treatment techniques, post-treatment protocol, latent/active TrPs, contraindications.
  • explain how TrPs play a major role in arm pain, CTS, tennis/golfer’s elbow, hand pain/numbness.
  • discuss the muscles that play a causal role in these issues – and how to deactivate their trigger points.
  • Some muscles we will treat are: triceps, scalenes, biceps, hand extensors/flexors and others.
  • demonstrate how exercise affects trigger points in these muscles.
  •  protocol for rehabilitating the TrP affected muscle.
  • how stress, medications, over-use, trauma and skeletal abnormalities affect TrPs.

Lunch 1.0 hour

 

Hands-on; 3.0 hours
Chest pain, breast pain, and upper back pain.

  • detailed palpation techniques of muscles for trigger points, treatment techniques, post-treatment protocol, latent/active TrPs, contraindications.
  • explain how TrPs play a major role in chest pain, breast pain, and upper back pain.
  • discuss the muscles that play a causal role in these issues – and how to deactivate their trigger points.
  • Some muscles we will treat are: pectoralis major/minor, serratus anterior, serratus posterior superior, scalenes, rhomboids, and others.
  • demonstrate how exercise affects trigger points in these muscles.
  • protocol for rehabilitating the TrP affected muscle.
  • how stress, medications, over-use, trauma and skeletal abnormalities affect TrPs.

Questions 0.5 hour

 

Day 4:

 

Hand-in written tests

 

Review Day 3. 1.0 hour

 

Hands-on; 3.0 hours
Lumbar, hips, buttocks and groin issues.

  • detailed palpation techniques of muscles for trigger points, treatment techniques, post-treatment protocol, latent/active TrPs, contraindications.
  • explain how TrPs play a major role in lumbar pain, hips, buttocks, and groin issues.
  • discuss the muscles that play a causal role in these issues – and how to deactivate their trigger points.

 

Some muscles we will treat are: gluteus maximus/medius/minimus, quadratus lumborum, erector spinae, piriformis, iliopsoas, rectus abdominis and others.

 

  • demonstrate how exercise affects trigger points in these muscles.
  • protocol for rehabilitating the TrP affected muscle.
  • how stress, medications, over-use, trauma and skeletal abnormalities affect TrPs.

 

Lunch 1.0 hour

 

Hands-on; 2.5 hours.
Bladder, IBS, genital pain, dysmenorrhea, abdominal, and autonomic/proprioceptive phenomena issues.

  • detailed palpation techniques of muscles for trigger points, treatment techniques, post-treatment protocol, latent/active TrPs, contraindications.
  • explain how TrPs play a major role in bladder, IBS, genital pain, dysmenorrhea, and abdominal and autonomic phenomena issues.
  • discuss the muscles that play a causal role in these issues – and discuss how to deactivate their trigger points.

 

  • Some muscles we will treat are: abdominal obliques, rectus abdominis, adductor magnus/ longus/ brevis, pectoralis major and sternocleidomastoid.
  • demonstrate how exercise affects trigger points in these muscles.
  • protocol for rehabilitating the TrP involved muscle.
  • how stress, over-use, trauma and skeletal abnormalities affect TrPs.

 

Questions 0.5 hour

 

Day 5:

 

Return Tests and Review Day 4. 1.0 hour

 

Hands-on; 2.5 hours

 

Thigh, (includes hamstring issues) knees, legs and feet. This will include sciatic pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and shin splints.

  • detailed palpation techniques of muscles for trigger points, treatment techniques, post-treatment protocol, latent/active TrPs, contraindications.
  • explain how TrPs play a major role in thigh, knees, legs and feet; this will include sciatic pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and shin splints.
  • discuss the muscles that play a causal role in these issues – and how to deactivate their trigger points.

Some muscles we will treat are: biceps femoris, semitendinosis, semimembranosus, hip adductors, quadriceps, extrinsic/intrinsic foot muscles.

  • demonstrate how exercise affects trigger points in these muscles.
  • protocol for rehabilitating the TrP affected muscle.
  • how stress, over-use, trauma and skeletal abnormalities affect TrPs.

Lunch 1.0 hour

 

Hands-on; 2.5 hours

 

Morton’s Foot and Intrinsic/Extrinsic Foot Muscles. This will include

  • identifying Morton’s Foot Structure (MFS),
  • demonstrate simple and effective corrective orthotic use for MFS
  • TrPs that may be causal to chronic foot or toe pain

Review – Intake/assessment and applied treatment techniques

 

Questions/Summary/Certificates/Evaluations 1.0 hour

 

 

Level 1 - Novice

As well as having a background in health/wellness, here’s what you’ll need to study and do to obtain your WHM™ Level 1 Certification. Lots and lots of study and practice. In my humble opinion, it is well worth the effort.

  • Have an above average knowledge of human anatomy.
  • Know most of the muscles that are involved with Trigger Point… this includes their names, attachments/location, and their function (there’s a lot of them – get busy!)
  • You should have a superior knowledge of bones (most of them) – their names/location
  • You own the Travell & Simons Trigger Point Manuals (hardcopy please) and
  • You must study the first four chapters of Volume 1 Travell & Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual (2-Volume Set) by Simons, David G., Travell, Janet G., Simons, Lois S., Cummin 2nd (second) Edition [Hardcover(1998)]
  • Since my applied approach to TPT is based on Clair Davies method of treatment, I’d like you to study the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, by Clair Davies and Amber Davies.
  • The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
  • You have attended at least 3, William Huhn Method™ 1-day workshops, or have attended the WHM™ (5-day) “Introduction to Trigger Points; Hands-on Workshop – Upper Half of Body and Lower Extremities”. This will introduce you to my way of employing effective TPT. Note: You can wait for me to come to your city to present a workshop or you may come to me for a private workshop.
  • You have practiced your applied techniques on your friends and family and anyone else who is willing to offer their body to you for practice. I suggest you should not charge a fee to these folks, because you still know very little about TPT and they’re helping you to acquire some skills. You should ideally log about 100 hours of applied practice.
  • Then, finally, you will successfully complete the WHM™ Level 1 workshop that includes a written exam, to obtain your Certificate of Achievement.
  • Congratulations, now the real learning begins!
Level 2 - Advanced
  • Holds a current William Huhn Method™ – Level 1 Certificate of Achievement
  • Logged over 500 hours employing Trigger Point therapy/bodywork as their primary treatment method, not adjunct to to other therapy models
  • Extensive knowledge of Travell & Simons Trigger Point manuals
  • Demonstrates comprehensive “client intake” methods
  • Exceptional client care skills
  • Demonstrates extensive understanding of Trigger Point protocol
  • Demonstrates above average knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
  • Successful completion of the 1-day, Level 2 written / practical examination
Level 3 - Approved Educator
  • Holds a current WHM™ – Level 2 Certificate of Achievement
  • Logged at least 100 intern hours at WHM™ workshops
  • Exceptional speaking/instructing skills
  • Well organized and self-motivated
  • Employs Trigger Point methods as their primary method of treatment for their clients
  • Successful completion of the WHM™ Approved Educator, examination process