On the Internet, I've read a great deal of false information about myofascial pain syndromes, trigger points, and myofascial therapy. The most unfortunate—and resoundingly false!—bit of information is this: "There is no effective treatment for myofascial pain, so if you have it, you'll just have to learn to live with it."
Quite the contrary! An expert myofascial therapist can quickly inactivate the myofascial trigger points of most patients. And inactivating the trigger points abruptly stops the patients' pain.
Ingenuity is required to free some fibromyalgia patients from trigger point pain, or at least to keep the pain from recurring. For example, most fibromyalgia patients with trigger point pain must recover normal metabolism before their trigger point pain is kept at bay. But even before these patients normalize their metabolism, skilled myofascial therapists can at least keep the patients' trigger point pain under control.
Myofascial therapy was for many years one of the mainstays of my clinical practice. I know from that clinical experience that for relieving pain, few treatment methods equal the pain-relieving potency of myofascial therapy. Because of this, I believe patients, doctors, and therapists should have access to scientifically accurate information of practical value on myofascial pain syndromes and their treatment. For this purpose, several years ago, I added this section to drlowe.com. My earnest hope is, as it was then, that the information will enable patients to get effective treatment for their myofascial trigger points.
If you have pain or other symptoms that you believe are caused by myofascial trigger points, I strongly recommend that you use two resources to find a qualified therapist.
National Association of Myofascial
One resource is the NAMTPT (www.MyofascialTherapy.org). The organization has a referral network through which you may be able to find a certified therapist in your area. You can reach the organization through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (1-800-845-3454.)
Finn, CMT, PTS, CMTPT
If you live in the Pittsburgh, PA area or can travel to it, you can avail yourself of the treatment by Richard or Carol Finn. I have known Richard and Carol for many years, and I've had the extraordinary experience of being treated by him. Richard is Director and an Instructor at the Pittsburgh School of Pain Management. He is one of the world's most knowledgeable experts on myofascial pain and its treatment.
I haven't yet been treated by Carol, but I plan to. Considering that she was educated and trained by Richard, along with other faculty members at the School, I expect that her skills, like his, are truly exceptional. As well as caring for human beings, she specializes in treating canines. In doing so, she improves their range of motion and relieves any discomforts that arise from their myofascial tissues. You can contact the Finn's for appointments through the School, and you can reach Carol on her cell phone at 412-266-2359.
PSPM (www.PainSchool.com) PSPM offers the only training program of its kind in the United States, educating students in the basic science foundations of myofascial abnormalities and their treatment, and training students so that they can begin their career in relieving the pain, other symptoms, and dysfunction that myofascial trigger points can cause.
The school is recognized by the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists. It is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the certification exam provided by the Certification Board for Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists. Many graduates go on to receive recognition as Fellows or Clinical Associates with the American Academy of Pain Management.