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Thursday, September 9, 2010


What is Myotherapy

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy is a method of relaxing muscle spasm, improving circulation and alleviating pain. To defuse trigger points, pressure is applied to the muscle for several seconds by means of fingers, knuckles and elbows. The success of this method depends on the use of specific corrective exercise for the freed muscles. The method was developed by Bonnie Prudden in 1976.

Myotherapy is not only a viable way of treating chronic pain, but it is often the only technique short of continual medication to relieve the intense pain caused from muscle spasm. The Certified Bonnie Prudden Myotherapist locates and diffuses trigger points using gentle to medium pressure applied with the fingertips, knuckles, or elbows. Each muscle group is then stretched in order to return the muscle to a relaxed state and keep it that way. Additional corrective exercises are taught as homework to ensure and sustain recovery and freedom from pain.

Trigger Points

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 these Trigger Points fire, pain follows. Your pain often has a distant source. For example, many headaches are caused by Trigger Points in the upper back and shoulders. Typically, spasm accompanies chronic pain, Myotherapy locates and defuses these Trigger Points.

Myotherapy does not cure disease; however, the related benefits of this pain relief therapy are so significant that most ailments are better managed during recovery.

Conditions That Respond to Myotherapy

* back pain
* knee pain
* sciatica
* neck pain
* shoulder pain
* whiplash and torticollis
* headaches (including migraine)
* menstrual cramps
* pregnancy associated pain
* carpal tunnel syndrome
* tennis elbow
* rotator cuff injuries
* fibromyalgia
* arthritis
* multiple sclerosis associated spasms
* lupus associated pain
* chronic fatigue syndrome
* irritable bowel
* shin splints
* post surgical pain

Myotherapy Benefits

* pain relief
* stress reduction
* sleep improvement
* increased energy and well being
* extended flexibility and greater mobility
* enhanced circulation
* increased range of motion
* improved circulation
* less susceptibility to strains and sprain
* increased endurance
* improved sleep

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