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Trigger Point Therapy

Course Overview

FHT Accredited Courses

Trigger Point Therapy provides effective relief from pain and tightness by targeting taut bands (often described by clients as ‘knot’s) within soft tissue that cause localised or referred myofascial pain. These troublesome knots are addressed during the therapy, offering clients rapid relief.

Our two-day Trigger Point Therapy course delves into the essence trigger points, their formation within soft tissue, the mechanics of trigger point release, pain referral patterns, techniques to locate these points, and effective treatment methodologies.

This comprehensive Trigger Point Massage workshop is tailored for therapists seeking to enhance their understanding of anatomy, refine their manual skills, and grasp the intricacies of trigger point therapy.

Benefits of Trigger Point Massage

  • Alleviates muscle and fascial tightness and tension.
  • Provides relief from migraines and headaches triggered by muscle tension.
  • Reduces pain stemming from muscle tightness, aiding chronic conditions like sciatica, lower back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis.
  • Enhances posture, mobility, and range of movement.
  • Stimulates circulation and diminishes muscle spasm.
  • Accelerates recovery from injuries while promoting healing processes.

Course Syllabus

This two-day Trigger Point Therapy course emphasises practical, hands-on learning including:

  • Understanding Trigger Points
    • Introduction to trigger points: Definition, types, and their role in muscle pain.
    • Physiology and pathology behind trigger points: Causes and mechanisms of trigger point formation.
    • Differentiating between active and latent trigger points.
    • Pain referral patterns: Understanding how trigger points refer pain to distant areas of the body.
  • Commonly Worked on Muscles and Pain Referral Patterns
    • Learn the commonly treated muscles with trigger point therapy: Identification, location, and functions.
    • Pain referral patterns associated with specific muscles: Understanding the areas affected by trigger point activation.
    • Practical hands-on training on how to locate and target trigger points within these muscles.
  • Diverse Treatment Techniques
    • Exploring various treatment methods: Hands-on techniques using fingers, thumbs, and palpation skills.
    • Utilising alternative tools for trigger point therapy: Techniques involving fists, forearms, elbows, and other instruments.
  • Overuse Syndrome and Client Management
    • Understanding overuse syndrome: Causes, symptoms, and impact on trigger point development.
    • Strategies for effective client management: Assessment, treatment planning, and client education.
    • Case studies and discussions on real-world scenarios to enhance problem-solving skills.
  • Observational Skills and Basic Postural Assessment
    • Importance of posture in trigger point development: Exploring the relationship between posture and muscular imbalances.
    • Developing observational skills: Techniques for basic postural assessment.
    • Practical exercises for identifying postural issues and their potential influence on trigger point activation

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed throughout the two days to ensure you are providing safe treatments. You will receive your FHT Accredited Certificate at the end of the course to take away with you.

Certification and CPD Points: 

FHT Accredited Certificate of Attendance- 5 CPD points per day

Entry Requirements

In order to take part in this course, you must already have acquired a Level 3 Diploma in Massage or equivalent. We will ask you to provide a copy of your qualification. Please enquire if you are uncertain about your qualification.


Why Train with Us

At the Academy, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality training in Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage, ensuring that each student attains the highest level of professional qualification. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to your success.

Here's why you should choose us:

1. FHT Accredited Course. Ensuring highest quality training.

2. Guaranteed Small Group Tuition: We believe in personalised support, so our class sizes are kept small, with a maximum of 10 students per tutor. This ensures that you receive individual attention and guidance throughout your training.

3. Passionate, Experienced Tutors: Our experienced tutors are not just educators; they are industry experts committed to upholding the highest standards. You'll learn from the best in the field.

4. Free Thursday Evening Support: Your learning journey doesn't end when you're qualified. We offer free Thursday in person evening support, available both during your training and after you've earned your certification. We're here to assist you every step of the way.

5. A Positive, Inclusive Learning Environment: Our academy provides a fun and friendly atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in your studies and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for complementary therapies.

6. Exclusive student TOTUM Card Eligibility: All our courses qualify you to apply for a TOTUM card, granting you access to discounts and savings at various retailers, making your educational journey even more cost-effective.

7. Ongoing Industry Support: We are committed to your success as a qualified therapist. Beyond your training, we offer free talks on setting up your own practice, provide access to exclusive Facebook groups with job opportunities, and maintain regular contact with your dedicated tutor. We're here to support your journey into the industry.

When you choose the Academy, you're not just choosing a training college; you're choosing a pathway to a successful and fulfilling career in Complementary Therapies. Join us today and embark on a journey of knowledge, growth, and achievement.

About Your Tutor(s)

Tamara Howard

Sports Massage Tutor

My journey into this industry started 7 years ago when I qualified in both my iTEC Levels 3 & 4 in Sports Massage here at The Cotswold Academy.  Alongside developing and running my private practice in Purton, I have been driven to continally develop my knowledge and skills in order enhance my 'toolbox' as a Therapist and gone on to study and qualifiy in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy, Myofascial Cupping, Hot & Cold Stone Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Kinesiology Taping, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupuncture for Sporting Injuries, Advanced Dry Needling, Medical Acupuncture and Aromatherapy.

I have been part of the dedicated and passionate team of tutors at The Cotswold Academy since 2019.  It’s an honour to be teaching subjects that I love, to the high standard set by the Academy, and being part of other people's journey into this exciting industry.


Just to say thanks again for a brilliant couple of days' training last week.

In the three clinics I have held since Tuesday, I have already used my newly acquired techniques with fantastic results to resolve pain patterns that I was able to recognise following your guidance.

I also advised another parent in the school car park, on self-administering trigger point work to her infraspinatus for referred pain and reduced mobility, which had failed to be treated after months of regular physio sessions and rehab exercise advice - two days later she messaged me to say that her pain and mobility were both at last improving, amazing!

I think I'll be coming back several times until I've worked my way through all of your CPD courses, as the content is spot on and it's a lovely place to spend a couple of days!

Dominic C | February 2024

What a great course! Tamara was fantastic, full of energy, enthusiasm knowledge. You could tell from the way she put the subject across that she is passionate about the it. Tamara made sure we all got involved, we all took a turn as 'a body' and when we were practising the techniques, she had the time and patience to go over it again and make sure we understood what we were doing and that we were on the right muscle or body part.

The teaching aids available, such as the Smart board, the PowerPoint Slides, the interactive Muscle app that she used to show movement and strip away the muscles were brilliant. I'm going to pay for that myself, it will be very useful to show clients. There were also skeletons and bone structures that brought it all to life and made it easier to visualise the bony landmark structures. The PowerPoint slides were sent to us after the course, which is very useful to look at again in slower time.

The Cotswold Academy in Cirencester is a great place to learn, it's a lovely building with great facilities, friendly staff and is just a short walk into Cirencester for a coffee or sandwich at lunch time.

I can thoroughly recommend the course, and I would imagine the other courses they provide would be equally as professional, educational and enjoyable. 

Well done to all of you at Cotswold Academy and Tamara especially.

Jim | October 2023

I have been meaning to get in touch all week to say how much I enjoyed the Trigger Point Course last week.  Well done Cotswold Academy for making it all feel so welcoming and "normal" as  possible in these mad times we are living in.  I learnt so much and really enjoyed it too, and it was great to meet some lovely people and learn from them as well. As always at CA it was great teaching but lots of laughs along the way - very important!

Please can you tell Chris that I have just had someone who came in saying they had been diagnosed (over Zoom) by doc with Achilles tendonitis and I was not convinced it was the problem.   I did trigger pointing on his gastrocnemius and soleus and on up into the hamstrings and he went out like a new man!  So HUGE THANKS to T and Chris for their expert tuition - it felt so good sending out a happy customer!

Millie | September 2020

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