Course Summary

Required for MTT certification; the best course for PTAs, and bodyworkers!

Upcoming Courses

08:00 AM - 06:30 PM

Team Rehabilitation - Des Plaines IL
  • 2250 E Devon Avenue
  • Des Plaines
  • IL
  • 60018
  • United States
  • $675.00 excl.

Course Summary

Required for MTT certification; the best course for PTAs, and bodyworkers!

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Full Course Description

The MTT-1 (Upper Body) course features an introduction to the history of trigger points and myofascial pain. Theory components (primarily through home-study video modules) feature the clinical aspects of myofascial pain, peripheral and central sensitization, the etiology and scientific basis of myofascial pain, and manual trigger point therapy.

During the in-person weekend, many upper body muscles commonly associated with myofascial symptoms in clinical practice will be addressed. Students will review the anatomy, function, precise palpation, and manual therapy techniques for each muscle.

NOTE: starting in 2024, the MTT course program will consist of three courses with the certification exams on the last day of MTT-3.


There are no prerequisites for Manual Trigger Point Therapy 1 (MTT-1).

Course Schedule

Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Refreshments are provided; meals are on your own.

Day 1

08:30 - 10:15: Theory lecture & Introduction to Myofascial Trigger Points
10:15 - 10:30: Break
10:30 - 11:30: Trapezius with MTrP palpation and deactivation basics
11:30 - 12:45: Levator Scapulae, omohyoid, scalenii
12:45 - 13:45: Lunch Break
13:45 - 15:00: Sternocleidomastoid, longus cervicis (colli), longus capitis
15:00 - 15:15: Break
15:15 - 16:30: Semispinalis capitis/cervicis, the splenii, longissimus capitis, cervical multifidi
16:30 - 18:00: Obliquus capitis superior/inferior, rectus capitis posterior major/minor

Day 2

08:30 - 9:30: Deltoid
09:30 - 10:45: Pectoralis major/minor, sternalis, subclavius
10:45 - 11:00: Break
11:00 - 12:15: Serratus anterior, latissimus dorsi, teres major
12:15 - 13:15: Lunch Break
13:15 - 14:30: Subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor
14:30 - 15:45: Rhomboids, serratus posterior superior
15:45 - 16:00: Break
16:00 - 17:00 Erector spinae (thoracic palpation)
17:00 - 18:00 Transversospinalis (thoracic palpation)

Day 3

08:30 - 9:45: Biceps brachii, brachialis, brachioradialis, coracobrachialis
09:45 - 10:00: Break
10:00 - 11:15: Triceps brachii, anconeus, supinator
11:15 - 12:30: Pronator quadratus, pronator teres, flexor carpi radialis, palmaris longus, flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor digitorum superficialis/profundus
12:30 - 13:30: Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:30: Extensor carpi radialis brevis/longus, extensor carpi ulnaris, extensor digiti minimi, extensor digitorum
14:30 - 15:30: Extrinsic hand muscles
15:30 - 15:45: Break
15:45 - 16:30: Intrinsic hand muscles
16:30 - 17:00: Theory Quiz containing 15 multi-choice questions
17:00 - 18:00: Mock practical exam on two muscles

**In addition, students will have approximately 5 hours of home study modules to review prior to each course.  Once registered, Myopain Seminars will send a link containing the home study modules.  

Who Should Attend

Licensed Healthcare Professionals

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), physicians (MD), physician assistants (PA), etc.

Course CEUs

Maryland Board of Physical Therapy - 3.0 CEUs or 30 contact hours.

NCBTMB - 24.5 CEs

Current accreditation is pending.

NOTE: Many states, such as Connecticut, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin, among many others, accept the CEUs approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

If you are not sure about another state, check out your state board's website and look for language like (from South Carolina - 

At least fifteen (15) of the required thirty (30) contact hours shall be from Certified Activities. Certified Activities include [...] attendance at conferences and completion of continuing competency activities provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), South Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA), other chapters and sections of the APTA, as well as other state boards of physical therapy

Course Discounts

Manual Trigger Point Therapy 1 possible discounts (may only use one)

The registration system will deduct 12% off of each class automatically when you register for the whole Manual Trigger Point Therapy Certification series at once (MTT1 and MTT2).

A 10% discount will be applied automatically when 3+ individuals are registered for one course on the same ticket.

New graduates and Active Military/Veterans are eligible for a 10% discount.

You may retake this course for a 50% discount.

For an overview of all available discounts, click here.

Only one discount may be applied to any course. 

Course Objectives

  • Understand that myofascial trigger points can account for many common but enigmatic conditions of pain and dysfunction

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of relevant musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology in the context of myofascial trigger points
  • Be able to define sub-optimal function in relation to myofascial trigger points
  • Understand the process of normal pain mechanisms; reception, transmission and modulation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the etiology of myofascial trigger point
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the formation and biochemical mechanism of myofascial trigger points
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the mechanisms of perpetuation of myofascial trigger points
  • Learn the evidence for accurate palpation of taut bands and myofascial trigger points throughout the body
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and perfect the detection and full inactivation of myofascial trigger points
  • Demonstrate mastery of all of the above by passing a theory examination

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