Muscular Performance Self-Therapy Specialist

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 22 customer ratings
(22 customer reviews)


Trigger points are hyper-irritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Doctors who specialize in pain treatment suggest that these are the cause for about seventy-five percent of chronic pain cases. This self-care course will teach you techniques to manage your trigger point muscular pain.

🏆 Elite 🕑 30+ Hours 💻 Online 📚 Print 💰 399 Points


The goals of your comprehensive self-care strategy should be to reduce discomfort and stiffness, restore function, increase range of motion and improve strength, posture and balance. The Muscular Performance Self-Therapy Specialist will help you achieve these goals. You will be stronger and your joints will move smoothly.


You can help to expedite the recovery process and return your soft tissue and muscles to a healthy, flexible state with a brief treatment of muscle maintenance (also known as self-myofascial release). The Muscular Performance Self-Therapy Specialist is for Professionals, Self Care Enthusiasts, Athletes and anyone who wants solutions to keep their musculoskeletal health.


Key Topic Areas

✓ Students will be able to identify the areas of the body that may be restraining function.
✓ Gain a thorough understanding of the myofascial anatomy, muscles and fascia.
✓ Learn what trigger points are and how they refer pain.
✓ Explore basic and more advanced trigger point self-care.
✓ Learn basic self-massage tips for myofascial trigger points.
✓ Understand what makes trigger points difficult.
✓ Gain knowledge on deep muscle self-care.
✓ Master stretching after self-care.
✓ Master stretching for injury prevention.
✓ Know who you refer your clients to find good therapy for trigger points.
✓ Explore why trigger points may explain many severe and strange aches and pains.
✓ Learn medical factors that perpetuate pain.
✓ Develop complete self-myofascial release programs.
✓ Examine solutions to repetitive overuse injuries for office workers, dentists and dental hygienists, factory workers, musicians, artisans, skilled laborers, etc.


✓ Students will be able to identify the areas of the body that may be restraining function.
✓ Students will have knowledge of self-myofascial release techniques to restore and renew the areas (tissues) of the body that are limiting function.
✓ Students will be able to find and self-treat trigger points in the muscles throughout the body with the help of many illustrations.
✓ Students will be able to create their own complete self-myofascial release program.

✓ Students will learn appropriate stretches to aide in the successful deactivation of trigger points.

On completion of this course, you will have total comprehension of anatomy, muscles and fascia, a thorough understanding of trigger points and how and where they refer pain and information on injury prevention and multiple kinds of chronic pain disorders that can be improved by self-care.

Includes Self-Care Activity Labs

✓ Self-Care Injury Prevention—Stretching Exercises
✓ Self-Care Stretching—Once Trigger Points Have Been Deactivated
✓ Self-Care Bodywork—With Foam Roller Exercises
✓ Self-Care Bodywork—With The Tiger Tail
✓ Self-Care Bodywork—With The Backnobber


The goals of your comprehensive self-care strategy should be to reduce discomfort and stiffness, restore function, increase range of motion and improve strength, posture and balance. The Muscular Performance Self-Therapy course will help you to begin to achieve these goals and keep the tissues that surround the muscles (myofascia) and the connective tissue healthy and mobile.


For Professionals and Self Care Enthusiasts this course will help you understand the fascia and how to use specific stretches to keep you healthy, so you can improve your fitness and eliminate dysfunction.


And for Athletes, this course will ensure your longevity in your sport and will help your body get back to 100% more quickly, so you feel better and you are ready for the next practice or game. Upon completion of this course, all students will have a thorough understanding of the myofascial anatomy, the various types of musculoskeletal ailments that can be improved by self-myofascial release and how to adhere to a regular routine of self-myofascial release.


If you do not see your certification company in the list below—please contact GMP Fitness. The course may be pending approval. If not, we can go over simple options to help you get your CECs/CEUs for this course. The same applies for all certification companies below where you see call or email.

Just call GMP Fitness at 888-467-3488 or email because we want the process of getting your CECs/CEUs to be easy for you and we help many individuals when a course is pending approval or is not currently approved. It takes only a few minutes to go over the options to help you get your CECs/CEUs quickly and easily and we are more than happy to assist you!

Accreditations & Certification Board Approvals
GMP Fitness is proud to be nationally approved and accredited by the following organizations. Renew your continuing education requirements with almost every major certifying agency and obtain a valuable education to expand your training. The continuing education hours or CEC/CEU point value is different for each association.

Approved CEC’s/CEU’s
✓ American Council on Exercise—ACE—**
✓ American College of Sports Medicine—ACSM—30+
✓ Aquatic Exercise Association—AEA—call or email
✓ America Fitness Professionals Association—AFAA—**
✓ America Fitness Professionals Association—AFPA—**
✓ British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association—BCRPA—30
✓ The Cooper Institute—CI—30+
✓ International Fitness Professionals Association—IFPA—30+
✓ International Tennis Performance Association—ITPA*—30+
✓ International Sports Sciences Association—ISSA—30+
✓ National Academy of Sports Medicine—NASM—**
✓ National Association of Sports Nutrition—NASN—30+
✓ National Council on Strength and Fitness—NCSF—8
✓ National Council For Certified Personal Trainers—NCCPT—1.9
✓ National Exercise Trainers Association—NETA—30+
✓ National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association—NESTA*
✓ National Federation of Professional Trainers—NFPT—2
✓ National Strength Professionals Association—NSPA—30+
✓ Professional Fitness Instructor Training—PFIT—30+
✓ World Instructor Training Schools—WITS—30+

*Note: NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) accepts GMP Fitness courses for credits, however, a CEU Petition Form will need to be filled out and there may be a small fee.

**Note: At this time, GMP Fitness is not on the list of pre-approved providers. You are still free to utilize this course for CECs/CEUs. You would just need to petition the course for CEC/CEU credit and we are more than happy to assist you with this! We make the petition process simple and smooth … not complicated at all … it’s really that EASY!!! So just call or email GMP Fitness at 888-467-3488 or email

*Note: The International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA)—ITPA members can earn continuing credits for their certifications through GMP Fitness.

Online Course Format – What You Get
✓ You get instant access. No waiting for material to be shipped to you. Dive in and start learning right away.
✓ Course Book – Digital (PDF).
✓ Muscular Performance Self-Therapy Printable PDFs
✓ Course reflective activity labs and important reasoning questions.
✓ Downloadable PDFs for online/offline learning.
✓ Online Course Lesson Plan
✓ Online final exam.
✓ Full lifetime access.
✓ Education tech support.
✓ Valuable CECs/CEUs.
✓ Instant grading and downloadable Certificate of Completion.
✓ There is no shipping cost as this course is delivered online.

Related Course Options
✓ 260 Page Hard Copy Book 📚
You will have the option to purchase the Hard Copy book and other products once you are logged into the course.

GMP Fitness Exam Facts
✓ Online true/false and/or multiple/choice final exam.
✓ Online exam instructions.
✓ You must pass the exam with 80% or higher.
✓ NO time limit to take the exam.
✓ You can save your final exam if you cannot complete it in one sitting.
✓ Immediate grading and test results.
✓ Instant download to your certificate of achievement.

3 Simple Steps To Get Your Certificate
1. Pass the online final exam.
2. Automatic certificate generation.
3. Download your CEC/CEU Certificate.

Quick Facts for all GMP Fitness Courses

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✓ Our online (distance) education courses are conducted entirely and exclusively on the GMP Fitness course management platform.
✓ After you purchase the course your order will be processed and you will be able to access your GMP Fitness Course.
✓ There are no shipping costs.

Hybrid Courses ⚙️
✓ Online hybrid is a blended course: online content with a book. You get instant access so you can dive in and start learning right away, while your physical book is being shipped to you.

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✓ Shipping costs may apply.

Learning Paths 🏆
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Points 💰
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All GMP Fitness Courses
✓ No travel is necessary.
✓ Study at your own pace.
✓ Take all the time you need to practice, study and make the course materials your own through practice and repetition.
✓ Education tech support.
✓ Valuable CECs/CEUs.
✓ Note: Continuing Education Credits (CECs/CEUs) will only be applied for certified fitness professionals or other health professionals.
BONUS: Full lifetime access. We recommend completing a course 1 year from your purchase date, but for your convenience, all of our online courses have lifetime—24/7 access to complete.

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Customer Course Support
As part of the GMP Fitness commitment to customer service you’ll receive unsurpassed, exceptional customer support. Have a question after you purchase the course—contact us at or call 1-888-467-3488.

Elite (E) Course Prerequisites
Just One Prerequisite … To qualify to take any of the GMP Fitness Courses you must be at least 18 years of age.

While anyone over the age of 18 years old can complete the educational content included in the GMP Fitness Courses we do recommend a few of things for the Elite Specialist Courses.
• Knowledge of English and arithmetic.
• High school diploma or equivalency.
• A background with fitness equipment and exercises.

22 reviews for Muscular Performance Self-Therapy Specialist

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    A review of skeletal muscles and how to relieve still pain. It helped for me to assess patient concerns and correct their imbalances. by utilizing the techniques listed to help patients with imbalances.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    New view on muscle therapy. understanding client pain.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I gained a greater insight into causes of the myofascial pain experience by many of my clients. I will apply by educating my clients in self therapy to relieve myofascial pain. The course contains a lot of relevant material to my practice. I will also be able to use this information personally!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I gained tremendous knowledge and insight to how trigger point management can improve performance and spare further injury from the Muscular Performance SelfTherapy Specialist Course. I will use the knowledge gained for self therapy, as well as demonstrate to others how they may do the same. Thoroughly enjoyed and learned a great deal from the course; could have truly used this 20 years ago. Today, I will be a voice of more experience with greater knowledge.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    It has been very beneficial to dive deeper into the soft tissue issues that we trainers cannot access directly. I can provide my clients with tools that will help them manage knots, soft tissue issues better in between massage therapy or chiropractic sessions.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great information for any fitness professional to add to their knowledge base regarding pain and trigger point with great techniques to self care. This course has expanded my knowledge as a trainer to better educate my clientele about pain, trigger points and ways clients can help themselves with self-healing techniques. I gained knowledge about trigger points in what causes, how to identify and deactivate them. Also many effective ways of self-healing techniques.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great course, very educational with a lot of information on self-help and pain management. I enjoyed learning about trigger points and experimented with myself. I learned that my back pain may be triggered by my calves and that is a sensitive area for me. I liked learning about where the trigger points are located and being offered a few options as to where the pain may be coming from. I have learned that sometimes pain does not always stem from the area it is located. Pain can manifest in different parts of the body for many different reasons. I’ve gained the knowledge to help clients identify where their pain may be stemming from and how they can help them treat it. This course helped outline different approaches to identify trigger points in the muscles and treat pain non-invasively and with varied techniques (i.e. foam roller, tennis ball etc.).

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wonderful Course! A much greater understanding of how pain affects the body.

    And how to get rid of that pain!! This stuff WORKS! It’s one of the best continuing education courses I have taken recently. I will use it on my massage therapy and personal training clients and I will educate my massage therapy and personal training clients in this type of self-care!

    If more personal training clients were interested in incorporating this type of work into their sessions I think they would retain more clients. Giving your clients a great workout is only part of the battle. Personal Trainers have to bring something special to their sessions beyond just a great workout and solid nutritional education. They need to prove to their clients that that care about their entire well-being. This is a HUGE part of well-being and a HUGE way to show your clients that you truly care about them feeling their best and being pain-free!!! Not to mention you’re more likely to workout when you’re not in pain!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    A great tool I use all the time. The textbook is fabulous and easy to follow. Each time I use it I gain more insight and knowledge. I can apply the knowledge from this course to my daily work. This course gives trainers the additional tools they need to help their clients and members overcome their muscular issues. Once we help our members and clients get better they can return to normal function and back into the gym. I highly recommend this course. The topic is advanced, but every trainer and therapist should have this in their library.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    The information within the course was complete, useful and well supported. The pictures in the manual are amazing and compliment the overall layout of the course. I appreciated the links which provided a means for additional learning. The authors presented the material in an organized, in depth yet, easy to understand manner. It has been a pleasure corresponding with Gina. She is compassionate, knowledgeable and professional as demonstrated through her materials, inspirational tips and prompt responses. Professionals and clients will benefit from tissue therapy as a means for postural enhancement, pain reduction, injury prevention and overall wellbeing. This course is certainly one I will recommend to fellow therapists and trainers.
    I look forward to personally applying and educating others on the importance of Muscle Therapy. The fact that we can learn to manage our discomfort is empowering. It has been a true blessing gaining these new insights. I am grateful for this course.
    I look forward to sharing the information with colleges and clients. In the future I intend to teach classes to share the knowledge I have obtained.
    As a Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor and Physical Therapist Assistant I have the privilege of working with a very diverse group. I train and treat individuals of all ages and abilities. The Foam Roller, Tiger Stick and the Back Knobber, along with other useful pieces of equipment will serve as great tools for my patients, clients and students.
    I have gained an understanding of the complexity of the tissues within the body along with the ability to properly and conscientiously care for them.
    The information has already proven to be of great importance in the Physical Therapy Clinic. Each day I work with individuals with various injuries and musculoskeletal complaints. I am now equipped to provide an explanation of the nature of trigger points, how to prevent them and provide self care. Until this point I was manually releasing trigger points for my patients. Now I will encourage individuals to use foam rollers and massage tools as a means for proper management of their tissues.

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