Many years ago I was
fortunate to be able to spend a week at the Blatman Pain Clinic. Dr.
Blatman and his myotherapists taught me many ways to treat my pain and
empowered me to optimize my quality of life. This book is as
important for the chronic pain patient as it is for the athlete.
Imagine a world in which you have a body-worker on 24-hour call, and
when you called, this therapist arrived immediately and could tell you
exactly where the pain originated and what to do about it, and how to
prevent it from occurring in the future. This book will teach you
how to be that therapist. This book is also an important
time-saving tool for doctors, nurses, trigger point myotherapists,
physical therapists, occupational and vocational therapists, massage
therapists, and many other care providers as a neatly packaged “how-to”
book of exercise, pain control and prevention. It is a book that
can and should be used by anyone having muscle pain.
This book does more
than teach about myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). It teaches an
integrated program of stretching, proper breathing, and ball
acupressure. This book is written by a specialist in myofascial
medicine, pain management and integrative medicine. He sees
complex pain patients every day and enables them to improve their lives.
He has put what you need to know into a wonderfully entertaining,
informative and well-illustrated book. Realistic cartoon figures
illustrate how to stretch and move in a healthy way that is integrated
with ball techniques. You will learn where the MTrPs are and what to do
about them. Your time with your health care team will be much more
efficient because you will have this wonderful book to bring along as
your guide. Invest in this book, and take the time to go through it and
learn the stretches you need. Your body will tell you which ones
they are, and reward you with increased range of motion. You must
stretch and breathe appropriately as you do the ball work or your time
and effort could be wasted. Once you get this book and start using
it, you will wonder how you ever managed without it.
Many people are
diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FMS). FMS begins with some form of
stressor that sensitizes the central nervous system. Although this
stressor may be different for different people, peripheral pain stimuli
(pain initiating from outside the central nervous system) can start the
central sensitization process, and MTrPs provide that painful stimuli.
No matter what the initiating stressor, MTrPs can perpetuate it.
If FMS patients want some control over their pain, they must learn to
treat the perpetuators. In many cases, the main perpetuator is
stimuli from MTrPs. Those lumps, bumps and ropy bands on your body
are not part of FMS. There are no “fibromyalgia
trigger points.” Trigger points are part of myofascial pain
and not FMS. FMS amplifies pain, but MTrPs cause pain.
Chronic pain patients almost always have a myofascial pain component
that is adding to their symptom load. For example, a case of arthritis
may be otherwise well treated, but the TrP component may be causing
treatable pain. Learning how to identify the pain patterns and treat the
MTrPs can help improve function, relieve pain, and give you some control
over your life. Myofascial pain is a high-maintenance condition,
but if you can do the maintenance yourself, you can save time and money.
This book is an important health care investment. It’s called the
“Winners’ Guide.” Use the book. You will be a winner too.