Manual Trigger Point

Includes certificate

Includes certificate

Course Overview

The MTT-1 course features a brief introduction to the history of trigger points and myofascial pain. Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice will be addressed, including muscles that Janda considered as ‘tonic’ muscles: the trapezius, levator scapula, posterior neck muscles, sub-occipital muscles, pectoralis major and minor, subclavius, sternalis, coracobrachialis, pronator teres, flexor carpi radialis and ulnaris, palmaris longus, flexor digitorum superficialis and profundus, pronator quadratus, sternocleidomastoid, scalenii, latissimus dorsi, teres major, serratus posterior inferior, quadratus lumborum, iliacus and psoas, tensor fascia lata, sartorius, quadriceps, hamstrings, gastrocnemius, soleus, plantaris, and popliteus muscles, among others. Students will review the anatomy, function, and manual therapy techniques for each muscle.

What You Will Learn

Who Should Take Our Courses?

Licensed Healthcare Professionals

Eligibility Requirements: Using manual or hands-on techniques to reduce pain and dysfunction, especially licensed massage therapists (LMT) and branches of that profession, physical therapists (PT) and assistants (PTA), and occupational therapists (OT) and assistants (OTA)

Physical Therapists

Eligibility Requirements: Working in states where dry needling therapy has not been approved.

Physicians and physician assistants


08:30 - 10:00  MtrP palpation and deactivation basics Vladimir Janda’s concepts of tonic and phasic muscle relationships
10:00 - 10:15  Break
10:15 - 12:15  Trapezius, levator scapula
12:15 - 13:15  Lunch
13:15 - 14:45  Semispinalis capitis / cervicis, the splenii, longissimus capitis, cervical multifidi
14:45 - 15:00  Break
15:00 - 16:30  Obliquus capitis superior / inferior Rectus capitis posterior major / minor
16:30 - 18:00  Pectoralis major, subclavius, sternalis, pectoralis minor, corocobrachialis

08:30 - 10:15  Sternocleidomastoid, scalenii
10:15 - 10:30  Break
10:30 - 12:15  Latissimus dorsi, teres major, Ser. Post. Inf. quadratus lumborum
12:15 - 13:15  Lunch
13:15 - 14:45  Iliacus, psoas Tensor fascia lata
14:45 - 15:00  Break
15:00 - 16:30  Sartorius, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius, vastus lateralis, rectus femoris
16:30 - 18:00  Pronator teres, flexor carpi radialis, palmaris longus, flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor digitorum sup. / profundus, pronator quadratus

08:30 - 10:15  Biceps femoris, semimembranosis / semitendinosis
10:15 - 10:30  Break
10:30 - 12:15  Gastrocnemius, soleus, plantaris, popliteus
12:15 - 13:15  Lunch
13:15 - 14:30Competency Quiz containing 20 short answer questions
14:30 - 14:45Break
14:45 - 16:00  Tibialis posterior, flexor digitorum longus, flexor hallucis longus, anterior compartment, lateral compartment, sinus tarsi and dorsal interossei
16:00 - 17:00  Intrinsic plantar foot muscle


Rick Young

PT, MPT, CODN, CMTPT, Assistant Instructor

Rick graduated in 1985 from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In 1992, he completed a Master of Physical Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has been practicing full time for 25 years in various environments including acute care, onsite workers’ compensation, and outpatient physical therapy holding managerial as well as staff positions.

Samantha Porter

LMT, CMTPT, Assistant Instructor

Samantha graduated from Truman State University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science. She became a licensed massage therapist and a Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist in 2016. Ms. Porter is currently in the process of completing her physical therapy prerequisites and hopes to begin working toward her Doctorate degree in 2019. With her Doctorate degree, Ms. Porter hopes to further her knowledge of Trigger Point Therapy and human nutrition.

Stewart Wild

LMT, CNMT, CMTPT, Senior Instructor

Stew was born in New Zealand and became the first person to certify in the St. John version of Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) at the New Zealand College of Massage (NZCM) in Auckland, NZ. He became an NMT instructor in 1998. In 2004 Stewart relocated to the US and double-certified in the “American Version” of NMT. In 2009, Stewart became the first massage therapist to become a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist through Myopain Seminars. Stewart is the principal developer of the manual trigger point therapy course program.

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