Required for MTT certification

08:00 AM MDT - 05:00 PM MDT

Western Technical College/Diana Campus - El Paso TX
  • 9451 Diana Dr
  • El Paso
  • TX
  • 79924
  • United States
Presented by Joanne Gribler
  • $595.00 excl.

08:00 AM EDT - 06:30 PM EDT

Myopain Seminars - Corporate Office
  • 4405 East-West Highway, Suite 401
  • District of Columbia
  • Bethesda
  • MD
  • 20814
  • United States
Presented by Joanne Gribler
  • $595.00 excl.


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.

NOTE: starting in the Fall of 2021, the MTT course program will consist of only two courses leading to certification. We no longer offer the MTT-3 course. Because of the re-organization of the MTT course program, the actual content of the MTT-1 and MTT-2 courses will change. As soon as we have finalized the new course format, this page will be updated.

Course Objectives

- Describe optimal musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology and the role of the sensory, motor and autonomic nervous systems; and to differentiate sub-optimal function

- Describe normal pain mechanisms; reception, transmission and modulation

- Describe the aberrant neurophysiology of peripheral and central sensitization
- Describe the contribution of myofascial trigger points to soft tissue pain and dysfunction
- Describe the biochemical environment of the trigger point
- Identify the various potential causes of myofascial trigger point formation
- Describe the various mechanisms that perpetuate myofascial trigger points
- Describe the position of primary or secondary trigger point involvement in many common conditions like osteoarthritis, low back pain and other regional pain syndromes
- Demonstrate the highest standards of palpation, applicable to most soft tissue abnormalities
- Demonstrate the detection and full de-activation of myofascial trigger points
- Describe the use a variety of adjunct myofascial, heat, stretch, muscle play and movement therapies to reinforce the deactivation of these noxious points and return the client to full function
- Create appropriate Home Care Exercises (HCA) and other beneficial advice for permanent resolution of myofascial trigger points

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

08:00 - 08:30   Registration/Continental Breakfast
08:30 - 10:00  TrP 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 - 01:15   Lunch
01:15 - 02:45   Semispinalis capitis / cervicis, the splenii, longissimus capitis, cervical multifidi
02:45 - 03:00   Break
03:00 - 04:30   Obliques capitis superior / inferior rectus capitis posterior major / minor
04:30 - 06:00   Pectoralis major, subclavius, sternalis, pectoralis minor, coracobrachialis

Day 2

08:00 - 08:30   Registration/Continental Breakfast
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 - 01:15   Lunch
01:15 - 02:45   Iliacus, psoas, tensor fascia lata
02:45 - 03:00   Break
03:00 - 04:30   Sartorius, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius, vastus lateralis, rectus femoris
04:30 - 06:00   Pronator teres, flex carpi rad, palmaris longus, flex carpi ulnaris, flex dig sup. / profundus, pronator quadratus

Day 3

08:00 - 08:30   Registration/Continental Breakfast
08:30 - 10:15   Biceps femoris, semimembranosus / semitendinosis
10:15 - 10:30   Break
10:30 - 12:15   Gastrocnemius, soleus, plantaris, popliteus
12:15 - 01:15   Lunch
01:15 - 02:30   Competency Quiz containing 20 short answer questions
02:30 - 02:45   Break
02:45 - 04:00   Tibialis posterior, flex dig longus, flex hallucis longus, anterior and lateral compartment, sinus tarsi and dorsal interossei
04:00 - 05:00   Intrinsic plantar foot muscle

 **In addition, students will have 5 hours of home study modules to review prior to each course.  Once registered, Myopain will send a link containing the home study modules.  The home study can also be completed via a live webinar.  Additional charges apply.


There is no prerequisite for Manual Trigger Point Therapy 1.

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

Myopain Seminars Manual Trigger Point Therapy 1 has been approved by:

Maryland Board of Physical Therapy - 3.4 CEUs

NCBTMB - 24.5 CEs

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, MTT2 and MTT3).

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.

Only one discount may be applied to any course.