Module: Masterclasses

Myofascial Trigger Points for movement optimisation and pain


Course Outline

Use movement contol analysis in a clinical framework to help guide myofascial trigger point release to treat the source of pain, regain muscle extensibility and change recruitment thresholds to enhance movement control

This course is orientated to a ‘hands on’ practical application of myofascial trigger poins.

Chronic pain is now recognised as being an extremely complex multifactorial process.

This course will explore how myofascial triggerpoint therapy can be a valuable tool in the management of chronic pain including:

  • the management of peripheral neurogenic pain
  • optimising movement patterns
  • increasing extensibility and decreasing recruitment dominance of the overative global mobility muscles
  • facilitating the recruitment of inhibited global stability muscles
  • management within complex neurogenic pain presentations.

This course introduces a functional approach to myofascial trigger point therapy. It details techniques for palpation assessment and manual treatment of active myofascial trigger points.


Key Features

This course addresses:
  • The biology of the Myofascial Trigger Point (MTP)
  • How to identify active or pain producing myofascial trigger points
  • How to manually manage active MTPs
  • How to make links between active trigger points and global muscle movement impairments
  • The use of MTPs to ‘down-regulate’ and increase functional extensibility in over-active multi-joint mobiliser muscles
  • The use of MTPs to ‘up-regulate’ inhibited or elongated 1 joint stabiliser muscles to improve their stabiliser function
This course will help you to:

Use myofascial trigger point therapy in the management of:

  • Movement control impairments
  • Clinical regional pain scenarios
  • Complex regional pain syndromes


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the participant should be able to:
  • To have an understanding of the current evidence / theories regarding the physiology of MTPs
  • Palpate and understand the difference between myofascial trigger points and other tender points
  • Understand how movement control dysfunction can play a role in the development of myofascial trigger points
  • Make a clinical diagnosis of myofascial trigger points as a contributing source of pain
The participant should demonstrate the ability to apply principles of assessment and motor control retraining to:
  • Use movement contol analysis in a clinical framework to help guide myofascial trigger point release to treat the source of pain, regain muscle extensibility and change recruitment thresholds to enhance motor control
  • Integrate the assessment and treatment of myofascial trigger point release, movement dysfunction and stability training into clinical practice


Programme Outline

  • A functional approach to MTP therapy (theoretical component)
  • Theoretical concept of identifying and treating MTPs (theoretical component)
  • Palpation assessment and treatment of active Primary MTPs in short or overactive global mobiliser muscles (practical / lab component)
  • Palpation assessment and treatment of active Secondary MTPs in elongated or recruitment inefficient global stabiliser muscles (practical / lab component)
  • MTP treatment for ‘simple’ regional pain (theoretical and practical component)
  • ‘Traditional’ process of using MTP wall charts to identify active MTPs contributing to regional pain
  • MTP treatment for neurogenic and ‘complex’ regional pain (theoretical component)
  • Discussion session
Clinical Scenarios 
  • Clinical reasoning workshop on integration of MTP therapy into contempory clinical management of musculo skeletal pain using a variety of clinical conditions.


Kinetic Control courses are designed for medical health professionals such as physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists etc registered with the HPC. In exceptional circumstances experienced non medical health professionals may be allowed to attend Kinetic Control courses but these participants MUST be able demonstrate that the course material is within their scope of practice and that they have appropriate professional liability insurance to cover them for their attendance at the course and the course content.

This course has both theortical and practical elements. Please come prepared for the practical work.