What is Myotherapy

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy is a method of relaxing muscle spasm, improving circulation and alleviating pain. To defuse trigger points, pressure is applied to the muscle for several seconds by means of fingers, knuckles and elbows. The success of this method depends on the use of specific corrective exercise for the freed muscles. The method was developed by Bonnie Prudden in 1976.

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Myotherapy was created and developed by fitness expert Bonnie Prudden.  Beginning in 1976 her research led her to this remarkable and proven method of pain relief.  Three decades later, the technique has been used successfully around the world with extensive rates of success.

Myotherapy is not only a viable way of treating chronic pain, but it is often the only technique short of continual medication to relieve the intense pain caused from muscle spasm.  The Certified Bonnie Prudden Myotherapist locates and diffuses trigger points using gentle to medium pressure applied with the fingertips, knuckles, or elbows.  Each muscle group is then stretched in order to return the muscle to a relaxed state and keep it that way.  Additional corrective exercises are taught as homework to ensure and sustain recovery and freedom from pain.

Trigger Points

Chronic pain is generally caused from receptors in muscle fibers that are fired by Trigger Points.  Trigger Points is a medical term defined as an irritable spot in the muscle.  When these Trigger Points fire, pain follows.  Your pain often has a distant source.  For example, many headaches are caused by Trigger Points in the upper back and shoulders.  Typically, spasm accompanies chronic pain, Myotherapy locates and defuses these Trigger Points.