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Trigger Points Demystified

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Trigger Point Therapy CE Course

If you're already licensed as a massage/manual therapist, you don't need to go back to school to certify as a Trigger Point Therapist


Trigger Points - Demystified!

The wonderful thing about trigger point therapy is that the basics are easy to learn, and the treatment protocols are autonomously reproducible.

We've spent the best part of two decades distilling the key information into affordable, practical and powerful courses designed to enable healthcare workers, therapists and exercise professionals get to grips with TrP's and integrate them into their daily work.

The NAT Trigger Point Master Course was first published in 1999 and has been revised each year since then, including 3 major updates to the course text, with the most recent being improvements to the 3rd edition released in October 2016.

Course Overview

Written in a straightforward style, the substantial and beautifully illustrated course text (232 pages) functions both as an entry-level textbook and an authoritative reference for even the most experienced therapist.

The first six sections describe the physiology of trigger points and the general methods of treatment. The following six sections are organized by muscle groups.

Each two-page spread features detailed color illustrations of each major skeletal muscle, accompanied by an explanation of each muscle’s origin, insertion, action, and function.

The physiological implications of the trigger points in each muscle are presented in detail, along with illustrated treatment techniques.


Trigger Point Therapy Certification Course

The course text is simple to follow, comprehensive, and designed to serve as a life-long reference


Latest Treatment Protocols

To help you achieve long-lasting results for your clients, the NAT course provides treatment routines and protocols that address not only the "target" trigger points involved with a particular condition, but also the secondary trigger points that arise from the biomechanical, postural, and pain referral factors at play.

The treatment protocols presented in this course will enable you to effectively address over 100 myofascial pain disorders, including all common MSD's.

Course Contents

Skeletal Muscles, Muscle Mechanics, and Flexibility 0.75 - 1.0 Hrs
Trigger Points and Trigger Point Formation 1.0 - 1.5 Hrs
Therapeutic Treatment Protocols 1.0 - 1.5 Hrs
Stretching and Strengthening 0.75 - 1 Hrs
Myofascial Meridians 0.75 - 1.0 Hrs
Three Dimensional Release, and the Niel Asher Technique 1.0 - 1.5 Hrs
Muscles of the Face, Head and Neck
1.0 - 1.5 Hrs
Muscles of the Trunk and Spine
1.0 - 1.5 Hrs
Muscles of the Shoulder and Upper Arm
1.0 - 1.5 Hrs
Muscles of the Forearm and Hand
1.0 - 1.5 Hrs
Muscles of the Hip and Thigh
1.0 - 1.5 Hrs
Muscles of the Leg and Foot
1.0 - 1.5 Hrs


Reflective Learning Exam

 140 Questions (Multiple Choice) 1.0 - 2.0 Hrs




This NAT Master Course will provide you with a clear understanding of trigger points, with all the practical information necessary to integrate trigger point therapy into your practice - whatever your modality.

The course will expand your options for the provision of therapeutic therapy and help you to provide more successful outcomes for the treatment of common pain and dysfunction issues.


For many therapists, online learning is still a relatively new concept. In addition to creating online systems that are guaranteed to be user-friendly, we provide the best support you'll find anywhere. Our support team are available Monday-Friday every week to provide any help that you need to complete the course.

And it doesn't end there. One you've certified, you have lifetime free access to Team NAT support to help and assist with any clinical questions or issues. 


The course is suitable for:

  • Physical Therapists 
  • Massage Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Nurses
  • Acupuncturists
  • Osteopaths
  • Athletic Trainers (US)
  • Medical Doctors

In order to receive NAT certification, you will need to be certified/licensed in your profession. Certification requirements may differ depending on where you live and practice. 


Niel Asher Healthcare is an approved provider for continuing education in the UK, Canada, Australia, and the United States.

The NAT Trigger Point Master Course is CEU accredited for massage therapists, physical therapists, and certain exercise professionals.  

How to Start?

1. Click the link at the foot of this page to order your course material. The course text will usually be shipped within 24 hours, and you should receive it within 5-7 days. You will receive an email with your exam pack and course instructions.

In addition to receiving a hard copy of the course text, you will also receive a PDF copy that you can download and save on any device.

You may also choose to order the download version only. A "one-click" process will download the course material to your laptop, PC, tablet, or mobile.

2. When you have completed studying the course material, visit our online exam portal to complete the required tests. There are 140 multiple choice questions, all of which refer to the course text. You don't have to complete the tests in one sitting. You can save your answers and login again to continue at a later time.

3. As soon as you have successfully completed the online tests you will be NAT certified. You will be able to print and save your CEU/CPD/CPE certificate and can also request a free presentation/display certificate from our support team. 

4, Let people know that you're a Trigger Point therapist. List your practice for free on our website and become part of the world's largest (and most searched) directory of trigger point professionals. 



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