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. Trigger Points is a medical term defined as an irritable spot in the muscle. 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. This starts a pain-spasm-pain cycle. Myotherapy locates and diffuses the Trigger Points and breaks that pain cycle.


Trigger Point Therapy

A trigger point is a highly irritable spot that remains in a muscle after it has been damaged. It causes the muscle to shorten and/or spasm. They are caused from repetitive motion, overuse, injury and trauma in the muscle. This can cause muscle weakness, pain, decreased circulation, and a limited range of motion. Trigger Point Therapy applies pressure to these irritable spots. Myotherapist use a specific pattern developed by Bonnie Prudden to defuse the trigger points. It is a different approach than a massage therapist would use.


Corrective Movements

Passive stretches are performed by your Myotherapist during your session. Once the trigger points are defused, the Myotherapist uses full range of motion movements to reeducate and teach the muscle to go back to its normal resting length. Corrective Movement Exercises are given to each patient so they can go home and continue these range of motion movements. This will break the muscle memory from a tight and short state to the normal length it should be.

Myotherapy Can Help

  • Pre-condition your body for surgery and sports 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, and Muscular Dystrophy.

Conditions That Respond To Myotherapy

  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash and Torticollis
  • TMJD and Jaw Pain
  • Bursitis, Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Carpel Tunnel/Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Pulls, strains and sprains


First sessions with new patients will last about 90 minutes and will include a detailed health history and postural assessment. A treatment plan will be tailored to individual needs. Follow up sessions will be about 60 minutes.

Next Steps...

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