Pain and Tension in the Neck, Traps and between the
Shoulders. aka: Myo-Fascial Pain Syndrome
Active Release and Graston Therapy can be "your miracle cure"!
This is one of the most common problems I see in my office. A sore, tender, aching upper back and trap is usually not what pushes a patient to come visit my office but once they get there almost everyone has it to some degree. Usually it feels really good to have this area massaged, as long as it isn’t to hard because then it really hurts… if this describes you then you may be experiencing Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome can
effect muscles all over the body and can cause all sorts of pains that are not
easily explained. In many cases Trigger Points are also involved. Trigger Points
can cause pain in three different ways. Pain could be at the Trigger Point
itself, in a totally separate area (known as a referred pain pattern), and over
time in some spots that can cause tendonitis or tendonosis to develop. Lets
stick to the Myofascial Pain Syndrome for this time though.
So if you have it why is it such a big deal to get rid of it? Why can’t all of us “Body Workers” get rid of it for you? (Body Workers could include Chiropractors but most don’t do muscle work - usually it is left to massage therapists and many do a great job treating it…. however,) Most people who perform “Body Work” do variations of light, moderate or even deep tissue massage and the moderate to deep does affect the Fascia but it usually never really does the job of breaking up the problem area, called a “restriction of the fascia”. There are several methods that I employ to eliminate these problems quickly.
In some cases the best treatment is to Actively Release the Muscle (myo) / Fascia - That is called “Myofascial Release” and it is active because usually you move while the therapist works on you. Another way is more Passive, in other words you don’t have to really help much. The type I find to work like a Miracle is called “Graston Type Therapy”. With this treatment I can treat your muscle and fascia usually in 15 minutes or less and it only takes a few treatments to break up the restrictions and you usually experience a lot of pain relief after the first treatment!
If you think you might have this problem, if you get massage and it only helps for a short time, call me at 903.570.7080. Get to the office and get better now!
This problem is so common that it is more than likely that you have experienced it. If you have not then the odds are that most of the people you know have and could benefit from my treatment. I say that because statistics say that it is about 80% of people experiencing this type pain at some point.
Dr. Charles Dixon DC