At Myofascial Pain Treatment Center, our goal is to reduce or eliminate pain in the short and long term. We have respect for each person and work create a warm and caring environment. We strive to educate each patient so that they can make healthy changes and become as self sufficient as possible in their healing process.

There are several techniques that are used to treat myofascial pain. 

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapies - There are several ways to treat and eliminate trigger points.  We use the specific modality that is most effective for each patient.  The goal is to release the contraction of the trigger points. Special attention is paid to the trigger points that are referring pain, which are often not located at the pain site. Other soft tissue release techniques and stretching may also be a part of treatment. When appropriate, patients are given stretches to do at home. If interested, patients are taught how to do self treatment.

Fascial Manipulation - Fascial Manipulation refocuses the therapeutic attention from the treatment of the symptoms to the the treatment of the cause. This is quite different from traditional medicine which, if, for example, an organ is symptomatic, examines that organ only. While if a specific musculoskeletal area is symptomatic, examines only that isolated site (often not even touching the area). Our approach recognizes the importance of the physiologic balance of the entire system, focusing on the interconnection of the entire musculoskeletal system, the entire visceral system and the interconnection of the two systems, correcting the causes of the imbalance in order to return the system to its physiologic balance. With the aim of improving the quality of the patient’s life, we use an open mind and a multi-causal approach, seeing the value in listening to the patient and to signals of the patient’s body.  The therapeutic approach of Fascial Manipulation recognizes the presence of particular points capable of causing the pain and imbalances . These points are termed “Centers of Coordination”. These Centers of Coordination–distant from the site of pain– are the sites of convergence of the normal (or “physiological”) fascial tensions. These tensions, when they become non–physiological (‘densifications”), may be the cause of the pain symptoms. As such, they are the center of the fascio-therapeutic treatment.

Trigger Point Injections- Your physician can order TPI.  Trigger point injections use a very fine hypodermic needle to release myofascial trigger points.  For more information click here.  Click here to see a short WebMD video about trigger point injections.

Spray and Stretch technique - This technique uses a vapo-coolant spray to help increase the muscles ability to stretch.

Trigger Point Dry Needling- Erika Bourne, RN, CMTPT was certified in Dry Needling in 2008. Recently the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing made a new regulation that prohibits any nurse from doing "dry needling". Erika cannot currently perform dry needling in her practice.

Once I am feeling better, how often do I need to come back to maintain my relief? - The musculoskeletal system is under constant pressure from gravity, stress, work etc. A regular, healthy, exercise program combined with good posture and good ergonomics can prevent the return of pain.

At Myofascial Pain Treatment Center, we believe that it is our job to "work ourselves out of a job".  We are always here for you but hope that you are pain free and not in need of ongoing treatment.

     

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