Accupressure - An ancient healing art which uses finger pressure on key points of the body. These Points are called tsubos. They are located on meridians. Tsubos are pressed to release blockage in the "life-force'.  This life force is known as chi in China, Ki in Japan and prana in India.  Acupressure enables the practitioner to release the blockages and thus restoring normal body function and creating greater body awareness.  This is highly effective and can be administered through clothing.  Shiatsu is a form of Accupressure.

Acupuncture - Uses the same points as acupressure. This involves inserting fine needles into the tsubos to release the blockages. This is very effective for pain control, behavior modification i.e. breaking destructive habits, and releasing muscle tensions. It is not as painful as it appears!

Alexander Technique - Developed by F.M. Alexander and based on the principle of letting your spine lengthen.  Posture and how you carry yourself are the main points.  Postural control by means of overcoming compression of the spine. Relearning correct posture.

Applied Kinesiology - Introduced by Dr. George Goodheart, D.C. in the 1960's.   He believed that specific muscle functions are related to certain body systems and can be used to diagnose disorders.   This is accomplished through muscle testing.   Applied Kinesiologists view health as a triangle with three equally important sides.   Chemical, structural and mental.   The chemical functions can affect the physical functions and the structural can affect the chemical. This is very detailed and most of the AP. Kinesiologists are doctors.

Aromatherapy - Basically this is whatever technique you want to use incorporating selected essential oils. There are hundreds of oils that produce various neurological, physical and mental responses.  Aromatherapists in the purest sense, do follow a particular massage sequence,  however any technique can be used.   There are many good books to educate you on the essential oils.

Craniosacral Therapy - Manipulation of the skull bones.   Resulting in the cerebrospinal fluid shifting to better cushion the brain and to go down the spine to the sacrum.  The sacrum gently rocks rhythmically with the skull. Dr. John Upledger, D.O. developed this method.   The primary goal is to mobilize the system, and that the bones in your skull were meant for motion.   This takes a keen sense of touch and palpatory ability.

Hydrotherapy - Using water to heal.   Either cold or hot.   Basically the principle is to apply cold to an acute condition and when swelling is present.   After all the swelling is gone, usually within 48 72 hrs. a hot bath is very helpful.   Coupling heat and ice for a flushing effect works very well.   For chronic muscle tightness attributed to stress or repetitive activities, heat works best.

Infant Massage - Very rewarding for the one massaging and soothing for babies.   Creates a special bond between the baby and the one administering the massage. Take care to use a very, very, light touch, with soothing speech and warm surroundings.  The International Association of Infant Massage Instructors offer classes.   Highly recommended for dads too!

Myotherapy - it is also referred to as Trigger Point therapy. The goal is to alleviate muscle spasm and restore function to the affected area,  by applying pressure to the trigger point.  Stretching to reeducate the muscles are strongly encouraged to keep the affected soft tissue loose. Trigger points force the muscle to shorten thus limiting range of motion to the associated joints. Trigger points also have the ability to "refer" pain to other sites within the body.   Sometimes these sites are remote from the origin of the point itself.   These are usually in predictable patterns specific to certain muscles.   Knowing anatomy and reading these patterns are the traits Myotherapists use to "erase"  pain.   Janet Travel, M.D. is the pioneer who discovered trigger points.   She developed the clinical diagnostic treatment with injections and Spray and Stretch.    Bonnie Prudden discovered that  trigger points released by applying digital pressure.  She also coined the term Myotherapy and teaches the only certified course from Tuscon Arizona.  Those who graduate are called "Certified Bonnie Prudden Myotherapists".   However, any massage practitioner can claim to be a Myotherapist.  The generic term myotherapy is from the Latin root myo meaning muscle and also denotes other soft tissue.

Reflexology - Has been used for centuries by other cultures. In the U.S. was started by Dr. Wm. Fitzgerald who developed "zone therapy'.  His theory was that the body is divided into energy zones.  Organs in one part of a zone can be affected by manipulating another part of the some zone.  The feet, ears and bands are mini-maps of the body.   Primarily the feet.  Working 'zones' have therapeutic benefits.  Massaging reference points help the corresponding body part




Thinking outside the box

Many myofascial pain syndromes are not fully understood by conventional wisdom. So, thinking outside the box with cooperative care is useful to help with these difficult problems. The complexity of these and other problems were the reasons why some of these techniques came into practice. This is a VERY abbreviated list. Some I use, others I refer out to other practitioners with these skills. The list is somewhat endless. Please look for this list to be updated with new skills, techniques and developments as the knowledge of mankind progresses.