Everything you need to know about pain and how we can help you

Bursitis is a very common diagnosis, but the diagnosis is much more common than its actual occurrence. Tight fascia, tense muscles and trigger points are the usual source of the pain rather than is the bursa itself. DMR Therapy® is a fast and effective treatment in these cases, with no dangerous side effects.

A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac of tissue that reduces friction whever tissues must rub against each other. Bursae are located all over the body lubricating and cushioning points of friction between bones, tendons and muscles and helping joints move more easily. Bursitis, inflammation of the bursa, most often affects the joints in the shoulders, elbows, knees or hips. Bursitis may make movement or pressure on the area painful, and is most often caused by overuse, stress and direct trauma to a joint, such as repeated bumping or prolonged pressure from kneeling. Bursitis may also result from an infection, arthritis or gout. Many times the cause is unknown.


Conventional diagnosis and treatment of bursitis usually includes resting and immobilizing the affected area, applying ice to reduce swelling, and taking anti-inflammatory drugs. Sometimes physical therapy or exercises to strengthen the muscles in the area are recommended. The next step is often an injection of a corticosteroid drug into the bursa to relieve inflammation. If the inflammation is caused by infection it may be treated with antibiotics.

DMR Therapy® viewPOINT:

The reason that these treatments are only partially effective is that they don’t really focus on the actual cause of the pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs, primarily mask the problem. When trigger points are involved, exercises to strengthen the muscles are counterproductive  because they do nothing to release them and often cause more tension on the joint. Steroids are not only unnecessary, but also have many serious side effects and shouldn’t be used at all for these cases. When the pain source actually is bursitis, the cause must be addressed directly. There is always a process involved. “Overuse”, stress and trauma affect the fascia that surround the joint and the muscles that hold it in place and enable movement. Tension from tight muscles and fascia pull on the bone attachments near the bursa and cause the inflammation. This tightness limits the ability of the joint to move freely, putting pressure on it and causing the cushioning bursa to become inflamed.

Trigger points, which focus pain and send it directly into the joint socket, are much more often the cause of pain rather than is bursitis. But whether it is bursitis or trigger point tension, the treatment is equally simple and effective: free the trigger points and stretch the fascia. Immediately tension is relieved on the bursa, which eliminates the pain stimulus. Working into the attachment of the muscle and tendon allows the blood and lymph to flow freely. Done correctly, all this can be accomplished in minutes. The bursitis or tendonitis is that easily eliminated, with no problematic side effects

The following are two of the most common diagnoses and the DMR perspective:

Hip bursitis: Usually described as pain inside the joint. Pain diagnosed as trochanteric bursitis, for example, is most often actually trigger point pain from one of three muscles: the gluteus medius, the tensor fascia lata or the quadratus lumborum.

Shoulder bursitis: Again, pain felt directly in the joint. This pain is often the result of trigger points in the supraspinatus, teres major or deltoid muscle, among other possibilities. The pain is referred directly into the joint itself. The pectoral major could also be tight, rotating the arm inward and causing impingement of the tendons of the joint.

DMR Therapy® addresses these problems directly. Stretching the fascia and releasing the muscles reduces the tension and pressure resulting in immediate relief.

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