Joint or bone deterioration, generally speaking, is not the cause of joint pain. Most pain thought to arise from worn joints or cartilage is actually the result of tight, restricted soft tissue, which is much often easily treated with DMR Therapy®.
Often people arrive at my office after suffering prolonged pain with descriptions of a deteriorated joint in the shoulder, hip or knee as part of their diagnosis. Sometimes the joint is described as having a rough surface in the knee cap, glenohumeral joint of the shoulder or the hip joint. Recommended procedures to relieve pain often include smoothing the surface of the joint, or more commonly, joint replacement.
DMR Therapy® perspective:
With the diagnoses described above, these treatment solutions do seem logical. However, with few exceptions, the pain or restriction can be eliminated completely by stretching and liberating the relevant fascia that encases the joint, eliminating any trigger points, and releasing tension in the involved muscles.
Unfortunately, there is no medical specialty focused on fascia and muscle, but there are such specialties for bones and nerves. So one looks for solutions through the microscope available. In other words, physicians trained to look for the source of a problem in the bones or nerves, will likely find answer there. In fact, joints do roughen and bones can show wear. However, by working manually and palpating tissue, both the therapist and patient are able to clearly feel where the pain originates by reproducing it from its source and then feeling it disappear with DMR Therapy®.