Required for MTT certification

08:30 AM EST - 06:00 PM EST

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-3 course builds on the knowledge and skills of the MTT-1 and MTT-2 courses. Students will learn manual treatment techniques for about 30 orofacial muscles. The second day of the course focuses on a review of all the materials and techniques of the entire MTT course program. On the third day, students will complete theoretical and practical examinations.

The following muscles are included: platysma, suprahyoids, infrahyoids, longus coli, capitis, rectus capitis lateralis and the muscles of the styloid process, the pterygoids, frontalis and occipitalis, masseter and temporalis, intra-oral muscles, zygomaticus and other facial muscles, and the superior pharyngeal constrictor. Students will review the anatomy, function, and manual therapy techniques for each muscle.

Course Objectives

- Identify the historical and current literature regarding myofascial pain

- 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

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 - 09:00   Lecture - reminder of main points of identification and deactivation
09:00 - 10:15   Platysma Suprahyoids Infrahyoids
10:15 - 10:30   Break
10:30 - 11:45   Longus coli, capitis, rectus capitis lateralis and the three muscles of the styloid process
11:45 - 12:00   Frontalis and occipitalis linked by the scalp in sidelying temporalis EO masseter EO lateral pterygoid EO Medial pterygoids EO
12:00 - 14:00   Lunch
14:00 - 15:15   Intra-oral 1: masseter (Intraoral) temporalis IO lateral pterygoids IO medial pterygoids IO
15:15 - 15:30   Break
15:30 - 16:45   Intra-oral 2: levator and tensor veli palatine, tongue muscles, inside/out techniques for the mouth and cheek, zygomaticus/ superior pharyngeal constrictor
16:45 - 18:00   Facial and eye muscles: external application

Day 2

08:30 - 18:00   Review Day: Theory review, research paper review 20-question short answer competency quiz practical review

Day 3

09:00 - 11:30   Theory examination: 75 multi-choice questions; 70% pass mark
11:30 - 12:30   Lunch
12:30 - 18:00   Practical examination: four muscles chosen at random; 80% pass mark


Successful completion of MTT1 & MTT2 are prerequisites for taking MTT3.

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.

Required Textbook

Muscle Manual - Second Edition (2018) Spiral-bound – 2018 by Nikita Vizniak

Course CEUs

Myopain Seminars Manual Trigger Point Therapy 3 has been approved by:

Maryland Board of Physical Therapy - 3.2 CEUs


Course Discounts

Manual Trigger Point Therapy 3 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.

You may retake this course for a 50% discount.

Only one discount may be applied to any course.