Learn to relieve pain through your body's Trigger Points
Did you know
that your body stores stress in specific spots in your body called
trigger points? This stored energy can adversely affect your health
and can cause many conditions like headaches, TMJ, and carpal tunnel
You can learn
how to relieve pressure in these areas, reduce pain, and improve
your health through a FREE workshop sponsored by Dr. Richman.
80% of us will have muscle pain during our lifetimes, and 20% will
have muscle pain for more than 30 days in a gien year. Muscle pain
is the most common work-related injury, and the most common cause
of chronic pain.
While many muscle
injuries recover quickly, many do not, and become chronic. There
are several reasons for this:
is no diagnostic test for muscle pain. The cause of muscle pain
is a very localozed spasm within a special type of muscle fiber.
This spasm does not show up on x-ray, or imaging studies such as
MRI. There is no abnormality in the blood and so blood tests show
no abnormality either. Thus the diagnosis dependson the description
of symptoms and the physical examination.
is no surgery or medication that cures it and most actually aggravate
it. There are muscle relaxants such as Soma, Robaxin, and Parafon-forte,
but these medications are actually sedatives and provide only temporary
relief. There is no surgical technique possible because the trigger
points are very small (a few millimeters in length) and there are
many of them.
methods of therapy are based on scientifically invalid assumptions.
The current main treatment for muscle pain conditions is chiropractic
and physical therapy. Traditional chiropractic is based on the incorrect
assumption that neck or back pain is caused by malalignment of the
spine. Traditional physical therapy is based on the incorrect assumption
that musculoskeletal pain conditions are caused by poor conditioning
and that the purpose of therapy is to strengthen the muscles.
4) The underlying
cause of muscle pain is poorly understood by the medical profession.
Although the term trigger points was popularized by John F. Kennedy's
White House physician, Janet Travell, MD, she believed that a trigger
point was an area of poor blood flow in the muscle. This could never
be established and turned out to be incorrect. The first scientific
study of trigger points was published in 1993, and much science
has emerged since then.
pain is aggravated by muscle tension. Muscle tension is not
mental, it is the tendency of the muscle fibers in trigger points
to contract in response to sympathetic (alpha-1) excitation.