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

DMR therapy® is the fastest way to restore healthy function for any tendonitis or bursitis problem.

Tendonitis and bursitis are commonly named as the cause of pain in or near a joint. Tendonitis is inflammation in a tendon and bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that helps reduce friction between tendons and bones. These terms, however, tend to be substantially overused. Extensive research by Doctors Janet Travell and David Simons and published in their acclaimed medical texbook* shows that myofascial trigger points (tiny contraction knots) in overworked or traumatized muscles, not tendinitis or bursitis, are the primary cause of joint pain. In their view, “tendinitis” is largely a “catch all” diagnosis, used when the true cause of the problem isn’t clearly understood. Pain in or near a tendon is almost always simple referred pain from trigger points in associated muscles.

For this reason, the usual therapies, including anti-inflammatory medications, painkillers, nerve blocks, cortisone shots, stretching exercises and rest are generally not effective when trigger points are the cause of the problem. Release of these trigger points should ideally be the first step in treating joint pain.

Even when inflammation is proven to exist, tension in the muscles and fascia is often the culprit. Muscle attachments can be irritated by the unrelieved tension that trigger points produce in muscles compounded by the restriction of movement produced by tight, thickened or twisted fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds and evelops the joint. This is normally the origin of true tendonitis or bursitis, producing inflammation and degenerative changes that can develop there. By eliminating the tension, the irritation and inflammation disappear.

Resting the affected area is often recommended for tendinitis, but it’s not the best therapy when trigger points are the cause of the pain. Rest may lull trigger points into a latent state, but it doesn’t eliminate them.

On the other hand, normal activity can be just as bad if it involves overuse of the tendon. Conventional stretching tends to irritate trigger points and can very quickly make your pain worse. Stretching can help, but often only after the trigger points are gone.

For any so-called “bursitis” or “tendonitis”, DMR therapy® is the ideal therapy for immediately restoring healthy function by first removing the tension at the point of pain and then eliminating the pain from the tendinous muscle attachments themselves. These techniques produce rapid results with no danger of harmful side effects.

*Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Doctors Janet Travell and David Simons

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