Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

June 28, 2017
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An app that gets to the point

An app that identifies more than 150 myofascial trigger points

Myofascial trigger points (TP) are places in muscles that produce pain elsewhere in the body. They are a common source of often-overlooked pain and can be a frustration for physician and patient alike.

The app identifies more than 150 such points along with their corresponding referral patterns. Separate screens offer discrete searches by muscle, area of pain and symptoms using illustrations and alphabetical lists. There’s even a “sensitive interface” which allows you to tap the body and find the trigger points that way. If you prefer, you can tap on a virtual model on the screen, or search by keyword, for example "knee" or "elbow." More than 40 conditions are covered.

The app was launched in September and early users are enthusiastic. Commented one: “As far as the subject goes, there’s no better I’ve found on TP and understanding referral pain.” Any health-care worker who deals with muscular pain would find the app useful.”


Myofascial Trigger Points – Guide & Reference
by Body Culture
Devices: iOS 7.1 or later, optimized for iPhone 5
Cost: US$2.99


A similar, well-reviewed, TP Android app:
Muscle Trigger Point Anatomy
by Real Bodywork
Cost: US$3.30

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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