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Myo- Muscle. Fascial (Fascia)- A band of fibrous membrane covering, supporting and separating muscles. Fascia may be a superficial covering permitting free movement of the skin, or it may be deep, enveloping and binding the muscles. The binding of muscles through injury (acute, chronic), joint replacement, surgeries or diseases can cause myofascial pain. Myofascial pain is the most misunderstood and rarely treated pain; left untreated it creates a progressive pain cycle, causing your pain to worsen and spread throughout your body.
Here at Muscle Pain Therapy we treat myofascial pain using massage/manual, kinesiology and musculofascial therapies to restore equilibrium to the body.
Back Pain Sufferers Choose Massage-Bodywork (manual therapies).
249 low-back pain sufferers were asked about willingness to participate in two clinical trials of specific complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in treating pain, as well as their therapy preferences. Respondents
willing to participate most preferred massage procedures to any other therapy. Final results:
Massage procedures 43%, Acupuncture 35%, Chiropractic 18%, None/Other 3% and Self-help back pain books 1%.
Source: Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Connelly MT et al.
"CAM therapies for
chronic low back pain: What treatments are patients willing to try? BMC CAM 2004, 4:9"
"Alternative Medical Care
Shiatsu, Swedish Muscle Massage, and Trigger Point
Suppression in Spinal Pain Syndrome"
By: Michael I. Weintraub, MD, FACP
Dr. Weintraub, MD, FACP performed a study using Shiatus, Swedish Muscle Massage, and Trigger Point therapies on 63 patients with cervical and/or lumbar pain. MRI and EMG studies were performed. The presence of herniated disc and/or spinal stenosis with denervation was found in 89% of acute and 68% of chronic cases. Pain was defined as acute if six months or less with symptoms and chronic if six months or greater with symptoms. The patients were treated with eight sessions of Shiatsu, Swedish Muscle Massage, and Trigger Point therapies. Results showed 86% of the chronic cases reported improvements and 100% of the acute cases had improvements in their pain levels.
Source: American Journal of Pain Management, "Alternative Medical Care. Shiatsu, Swedish Muscle Massage, and Trigger Point. Suppression in Spinal Pain Syndrome." By: Michael I. Weintraub, MD, FACP. Clinical Professor of Neurology, New York Medical College. Chief of Neuorlogy, at Phelps Memorial Hospital North Tarrytown, New York
American Journal of Pain Management, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California USA. April 1992, Vol. 2 No. 2