Trigger Point Therapy

Hyperpronation, A Major Key To Sciatic Pain

How Using Trigger Point Phenomena Can Make You a Pain Hacking Hero   Most people don't think of the feet and ankles as potent instigators of pain elsewhere in the body. I know I didn't when I started out. But 15 years of clinical observation have made it...

The Direct Referral Problem

So. We've been talking a lot about latent trigger points, and how they can fire constant nociception into the nervous system, causing chronic pain. (By the way, if you happened to miss my most recent article about this, you can read it here.) But what about active...

Pain and Nociception - Part 2

Our last post discussed nociception, a phenomenon in which the nervous system sends "danger signals" throughout the body, thus creating a pain response. When pain becomes chronic, the central nervous system (CNS) has ratcheted up its sensitivity, to the point where...
Treating Sciatica With CTB By Addressing Gluteal Trigger Points

Treating Sciatica With CTB By Addressing Gluteal Trigger Points

Most sciatic pain is caused by trigger points in muscles. Sciatica is the most common lower body pain complaint that we see in our clinic.  It is a description of radiating leg pain, not a diagnosis.  Although most physicians and physical therapists will assume that...

Treating Tennis Elbow with Clinical Thai Bodywork

Treating Tennis Elbow with Clinical Thai Bodywork

  Amy Carr of TimeOut Chicago magazine came in a few years ago for a treatment. She's a tennis player, and wanted help with a persistent pain issue that had been bothering her for almost a year. Her pain was diagnosed as tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis,...

The Compelling Links Between Pain and Dysfunctional Breathing

The Compelling Links Between Pain and Dysfunctional Breathing

"Dysfunctional breathing" is breathing in a way that is inefficient, or at its worst, makes it almost impossible for the diaphragm to work correctly. Most of us give  little thought to breath unless our situation forces us to be more conscious of this semi-automatic...

Sciatica, Tight IT Bands and Other Non-Diagnoses

Sciatica, Tight IT Bands and Other Non-Diagnoses

Sciatica is one of the most common diagnoses that we see at our clinic. Diagnoses can superficially seem reassuring. It seems that having a latin term assigned to one's pain by an expert tends to make everyone feel better. However, diagnoses can also foster hidden...