Myotherapy means treatment to muscles, which was created and developed by Bonnie Prudden in 1976. Her research led her to develop a two-part technique to relieve pain of muscular origin and restore muscle function. First, gentle pressure is applied in patterns to release trigger points. Second, as the muscle relax they are carefully stretched and therapeutic corrective exercises are given to regain strength, flexibility and range of motion.
Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy® is a non-invasive therapy. There is no needles, drugs, manipulations or electronic devices used. Myotherapists take a detailed health history to look for the root cause of the pain. Most medications just deal with treating symptoms. Myotherapy can be used exclusively or in conjunction with other health professionals. Together, Myotherapy and corrective exercises work quickly and reliably.
Arizona Myotherapy Center has been erasing pain in the valley for over 30 years. Visit one of our two locations to see how we can help you prevent, correct or rehabilitate your soft tissue structures.
Muscle Pain and Dysfunction
Pain can be described as: dull, shooting, sharp, slicing, throbbing, stabbing, aching, stinging and burning. We all experience it, but we know so little about it. What we do know is chronic pain is generally caused from receptors in muscle fibers that are fired by trigger points. When the trigger point fires, pain follows. Your pain often has a distant source. For example, trigger points in the upper back and shoulders cause most headaches. Typically there are spasms with chronic pain. Spasms bring on more pain. It starts a pain-spasm-pain cycle. Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy® locates and diffuses the trigger points and breaks that pain cycle.
Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy
Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy® is the original trigger point therapy.
A trigger point is an irritable spot in the muscle that remains after it has been damaged. It causes the muscle to shorten and/or spasm. This muscle is now experiencing ischemia, which is a lack of blood supply to the soft tissues. These tissues become sensitive to touch or locally painful. This is due to lack of oxygen, lack of nutrition, and an accumulation of waste product building in the muscle tissues.
Trigger points are caused from repetitive motion, overuse, injury and trauma in the soft tissues. This can cause a person to have weakness, pain, decreased circulation and a limited range of motion.
Passive stretches are performed by your BP Myotherapist during your session. Once the trigger points are defused, the BP Myotherapist uses range of motion movements to reeducate and teach the muscle to go back to its normal resting length. Corrective exercises are given to each patient so they can go home and continue these range of motion movements. This will help break the muscle memory, from being stuck in a tight and short state, returning to its natural resting length.
Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy® Can Help
- Muscle pain and dysfunction; acute and chronic
- Pre Condition your body for surgery or sporting events
- Accelerate healing and return to normal function of sports injuries and surgical procedures
- Relieve pain and symptoms of clinical diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy
Common Conditions that Respond to Myotherapy
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Whiplash and Torticollis
- TMJD and Jaw Pain
- Bursitis, Tendonitis and Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel/Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Muscle pulls, sprains, and strains