Plantar fasciitis pain: Treatment

Foot pain, Pain relief

With either true plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the fascia) or an underlying problem with the muscles, I treat pain in the bottom of the feet in basically the same way in my Boston area Neuromuscular Therapy center. 1) Warm-up the feet with manual work to get the blood circulating and soften the connective tissue. Fascia […]

July 7, 2009

Restless leg syndrome: Perpetuating factors

Buttock pain, Chronic pain, Hip pain, Leg pain, Piriformis syndrome, Restless leg syndrome (RLS), Scoliosis, Structural asymmetry, Tips for therapists

According to Travell & Simons in their Trigger Point Manual, “In patients with chronic myofascial pain, attention to perpetuating factors often spells the difference between sucessful and failed therapy.” Perpetuating factors in the case of Krystal S. were an important consideration in reducing the need for continued treatment for restless leg syndrome at my Neuromuscular […]

June 20, 2009

Chronic back pain from uneven leg length: A Neuromuscular Therapy point of view

Acute pain, Arm pain, Back pain, Chronic pain, Low back pain, Scoliosis, Shoulder pain

Pain from a curvature of the spine caused by LLLI (Lower Limb Length Inequality) is a common condition usually overlooked in medical evaluations. Having LLLI  doesn’t always cause a problem, but when Trigger Points have formed, even one-eighth inch difference in the length of the legs can perpetuate pain if left uncorrected. (MDs Travell and […]

June 11, 2009

Rotator cuff pain: A Neuromuscular Therapy point of view

Acute pain, Arm pain, Back pain, Buttock pain, Chronic pain, Neuromuscular therapy, Rotator cuff, Shoulder pain, Stretching (Active Isolated method)

As a Neuromuscular Therapist, how do I think about these rotator cuff and shoulder pains? The shoulder has only one small joint holding it to the skeleton at the inside edge of the collar bone where it connects to the breastbone (sternoclavicular joint). The stability of the shoulder depends on strong ligaments and on balance […]

May 23, 2009

Back pain from lifting and shoveling: Treatment of Dave B.

Acute pain, Back pain, Buttock pain, Hip pain, Low back pain, Neuromuscular therapy, Stretching (Active Isolated method)

In the case of Dave B.’s back pain from lifting, Neuromuscular Therapy treatment at my Metro-West Boston clinic was as follows: The first job was to flush the tissues. Metabolic waste products accumulate from the body’s automatic response to the injury as well as those from muscle hyperactivity. Presence of these wastes feel like the […]

May 5, 2009