AZ. Myotherapy



My name is Lawrence McClellan Elson. I am a human anatomist, specializing in clinical and forensic anatomy in which I evaluate claims of injury or causes of death as a result of accidents. I am also the co-author of THE ANATOMY COLORING BOOK (Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco) which has been in print since 1977, and a paper on a hypothetical mechanism for painful, dysfunctional skeletal muscle in the absence of anatomic injury (Elson, LM, The Jolt Syndrome: Muscle Dysfunction in Low Velocity Collisions, Nov-Dec, 1990, page 317-326).  In 35 years of forensic work, I have reviewed intently thousands of case histories of people in pain, seeking an understanding of the anatomic bases for their pain.

Without question, the most common cause of pain among these claimants and plaintiffs is skeletal muscle pain. Skeletal muscle is the tissue that gives the body form; its living fibers crossing joints and attaching at each end to a part of the skeleton. Every movement of the body is brought about by muscular contraction or shortening. Some movements are very complex and skilled, involving many muscles operating in an integrated fashion, as in the hands and feet. Many movements are postural, working to set the body up for the tasks intended, as in lifting boxes, gardening, and so on. Muscles can also contract or tighten as a result of overuse (strain), emotional tension, stress, or anxiety.  In these cases, these tense muscles can cause pain and discomfort, especially in the neck, shoulders and upper back where the muscles tighten without your knowledge, much less without your permission!

It is to these contractions that specialists in Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy (myo = muscle) techniques direct their efforts. Myotherapy is directed to tight muscles and induce these muscles to stretch and relax. Muscle stretch is the single most effective way of inducing a skeletal muscle to elongate and release its tension. It is more than simple massage. It is a technique directed to specific muscles that are excessively tense; the myotherapist knows these muscles and their attachments. By pressing deeply into these tight muscles, the muscle tension is released, the blood supply revitalizes the muscles with oxygen, and the pain dissipates.

Myotherapy undertaken on a regular basis when one’s occupation or activities bring on frequent muscle overuse pain, is the single most effective technique that I know of for relieving the pain of excess muscle tension.

In order to identify specific tight muscles, the myotherapist must often probe deep into the muscle mass to find the trigger points often associated with painful muscle tension. The myotherapist will teach you how to deal with this momentary exacerbation of muscle pain. Once the painful muscle is identified, the myotherapist can work on it to release its tension, which then brings the muscle to a pain-free status. In environments where painful tight muscle occur routinely and repetitively, the myotherapist can help you treat yourself when a myotherapist is not available.

I have undergone several  myotherapeutic sessions and gotten instant relief of my muscle pain. I have referred both patients and physicians as an important resource for elimination of muscle pain.

Lawrence McClellan Elson PHD.


Who might try Myotherapy?




Arizona Myotherapy Center
West side location
1600 W. Camelback Rd. Ste 1-W
Phoenix, AZ. 85015

Arizona Myotherapy Center
East side location
The Quiet Center
3301 N. Miller Rd. Studio 12
Scottsdale, AZ. 85251