Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy (MTPT) is a unique treatment protocol for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction.
protocol is based on the seminal works of Janet G. Travell, MD and David
G. Simons, MD, co-authors of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction The
Trigger Point Manual, Volumes I and II, and integrates current
scientific concepts and research.
This protocol includes the following:
Comprehensive patient history Pain mapping Range of motion evaluation Postural analysis Identification of perpetuating factors Correction of perpetuating factors Manual techniques to treat myofascial pain and dysfunction Personalized self-care program including self-treatment techniques and muscle re-education.
It is this protocol that makes myofascial trigger point therapy a comprehensive form of pain management.
How Will I Feel?:
patients experience relief from pain after 1 or 2 treatments. For
others, several treatments are needed before their pain starts to
diminish. It is not uncommon for patients to experience some soreness
for one to two days after treatment. This usually resolves after the
first few treatments.
experience fatigue as the chronically held musculature is allowed to
relax and return to a normal tone, however some patients experience an
increase in energy.
notice your pain pattern changing. This is a temporary and positive sign
that you're making progress. It's a good idea to keep a pain journal.
We find that when one pain area is eliminated, patients tend to forget
it was ever there. A pain journal will allow you to track your progress
from day-to-day. If soreness or a new pain pattern is causing you
concern, contact your therapist immediately and he/she will talk you
through ways to reduce or eliminate it.
It is not
uncommon for people to experience relief from symptoms they were not
seeking treatment for, such as chronic hand and forearm pain clearing up
after being treated for a stiff neck.
to normal activities without pain is accelerated by following the
self-care program provided by your therapist. This will include
self-treating your trigger points and re-educating your muscles. Lasting
results will be achieved by working with your therapist to eliminate
underlying perpetuating factors.
Your rate of improvement can depend on many conditions:
Type of injury and length of time since it occurred. Overall physical health and level of fitness Perpetuating factors Underlying skeletal abnormalities Nutrition Quality of sleep Depression or anxiety Patient compliance with self-care and eliminating or reducing perpetuating factors. Other medical conditions (i.e. allergies, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, etc.)
Good communication, patience, trust, and a positive attitude are essential.