DMR therapy® focuses on these soft tissues, is non-invasive and has no negative side effects, yet is extremely effective in delivering rapid results.
Studies show that 75-90% of chronic musculoskeletal pain originates in the soft tissues rather than in the nerves and bones. Pain and dysfunction is a process that usually begins with trauma or stress that creates tension in the body. If not treated promptly, this can result in myriad diagnoses of pain syndromes and functional or structural limitations. DMR therapy® (Deep Myofascial Release), focuses on these soft tissues that are not normally addressed in conventional medicine. This therapy is non-invasive and has no negative side effects, yet is extremely effective in delivering rapid results.
So who can benefit?
Fibromyalgia sufferers. Fibromyalgia is not a disease in itself but a description given when widespread musculoskeletal pain occurs accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It can amplify painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. DMR therapy® can be especially fast and effective in these cases since it is partially based on eliminating pain through physical communication with the unconscious mind.
Those in chronic pain. Trigger points in the muscles and tendons, plus tightened, restricted fascia are the overwhelming source of dysfunctions ranging from headaches to tennis elbow to shoulder and back pain and more. It is a huge component in fibromyalgia and most pelvic pain. One can suffer for years only to discover that the solution was simple and straightforward after all.
Athletes. In three main aspects:
- First, the prevention of injuries. Tight muscles and fascia not only restrict movement but are less able to absorb shock. The feet and legs can lose that protective spring. Tight pects, for example, can twist the humerus of the arm inward, positioning the greater tubercle in the place of the lesser tubercle, causing impingement syndrome.
- Second, more efficiency and fluidity in movement. Muscles that are tight are less strong. Contraction is the action of the muscles and when partially contracted, tight muscles lose part of their contractile force. Tension in the muscle and fascia also makes each movement a bit more strenuous, causing a loss of ease and fluidity of movement and sapping energy from the body.
- Thirdly, facilitating healing and relieving pain. No other therapy gets as deep into the source of pain and eliminates it as rapidly. Instead of waiting weeks for an injury to heal, it can often be resolved in very short order.
Those who are frustrated and have been everywhere else with little relief from their pain. A large percentage of those seeking DMR therapy® have been to numerous doctors and therapists, often for years. There is no satisfaction like finally sensing that the source of the pain has been found—and then eliminated.
Individuals scheduled for surgery. Many pain sufferers are so desperate they are willing to have surgery for problems as easily corrected as carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff problems or hip pain. After an event as traumatic for the body as surgery, the recovery and post-operative therapy can last for months or longer. One or two sessions of DMR therapy® will show that such surgery is not needed to experience profound relief.
Those with repetitive use injuries, such as musicians, dancers, athletes, chefs, computer users or anyone who performs repetitive movements. Over-repetition of any movement can cause trigger points in the muscles and tightening of fascia, restricting movement and causing pain, frayed tendons, tendinitis or bursitis. Treating only the tendinitis or bursitis will not solve the problem since these are only symptoms. Surgery usually focuses on where the pain is experienced, which is often not where the pain originates.
Sedentary types. The opposite is also true. Not using and stretching the muscles regularly can also cause pain that cannot be resolved with the use of analgesics. Such drugs only mask the problem and lead to a downward spiral that often results in even more extreme problems. During DMR therapy®, one can often experience that satisfying sensation of pain leaving the body.
Pregnant Women. Profound changes occur in the body during pregnancy. Weight redistribution and hormonal changes put additional stress on the body. DMR Therapy® can lessen or eliminate the resulting pain and generate a greater sense of well-being.
Individuals who practice yoga. Some yoga practitioners with tight muscles derive their flexibility from stretched ligaments and tendons rather than from healthy muscles. Releasing muscle tension and stretching the fascia, especially the deeper fascia, can greatly increase range of motion, flexibility and fluidity.
Martial arts practitioners. Most practitioners love this work and appreciate the fact that DMR therapy® can get deep enough into the muscles to release restricted tissues and eliminate pain.
Cancer survivors. Chemotherapy wreaks havoc on the fascia, drying and tightening the tissues and causing pain in joints throughout the body. Fortunately, stretching the fascia in the correct manner through DMR therapy® can give immediate relief.
Those recovering from surgery. Surgery is inevitably a traumatic assault on the body that can linger for months or years. DMR therapy® can dramatically facilitate healing, help scar tissue become less restrictive and eliminate ongoing pain. In the case of abdominal surgery, DMR therapy® can also reduce the inevitable internal adhesions that often cause pain and dysfunction.
Accident victims. Pain after an automobile accident, for example, may continue for years or even decades. Most of this pain resides in soft tissue and is not easily identifiable through normal X-rays or scans, which can be frustrating for those who are suffering. Massage and physical therapy can often help but if pain remains, DMR therapy® can go beyond such therapies, getting deep into the source and often eliminating the pain completely.
Everyone. (Well almost.) Pain and dysfunction usually arrives through a long, slow process. Stress, tension, repetitive activity, inactivity, injury and illness all take a toll on the health of the important soft tissues of the body. The fascia loses its hydration and flexibility and slowly begins restricting movement, often making one feel older, causing the muscles and joints to strain even before reaching the level of pain. Often awareness of these restrictions only comes after experiencing this therapy and the ease and fluidity it brings.
WHT MAKES DMR THERAPY ® DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS?
First, it is important to identify the source of the problem. For example, treating inflammation or tendinitis, which are only symptoms, will not result in rapid relief. Joint and limb pain are almost always muscle and soft tissue pain rather than nerve impingement or bone and cartilage degeneration (which are also symptoms). Trying to rebuild cartilage without first treating the source of its degeneration is not a sound therapeutic approach.
More importantly, getting DEEP into the muscle is critical. To do that, knowledge of how to relax the muscle is required so the body will allow the therapist to work deeply enough to get to the source. Tension can then be released on the tendinous attachments so healing can occur. Any more superficial therapy will seldom yield long-term relief.
Equally important is the knowledge of how to work with the fascia and connective tissue, which is ubiquitous in the body. It envelops muscles, bones, blood vessels and organs. It is sensitive to pain and important in proprioception and structural integrity. It also supports the skeleton and holds organs in place. Unhealthy fascia can entrap nerves, encase muscles and restrict movement. Only recently has connective tissue’s importance been recognized and studied as a factor in chronic pain and disability. The knowledge of how to work with this tissue is key to pain relief. DMR Therapy® is as much an art as a science, and thus far there are a limited number of practioners.