Dr Travell and Dr Simons
They are the pioneers of Myofascial pain and Dysfunction, Dr Travell and Dr Simons whose two books have given me the in-depth knowledge of all the trigger point pain patterns in the body. The main innovation of Travell’s work was the introduction of the myofascial pain syndrome concept (myofascial referring to the combination of muscle and fascia).
Dr John E Sarno
The TMS (Tension Myoneural Syndrome) concept was developed from the early 1970’s by the late Dr John Sarno, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. Unfortunately due to existing medical beliefs, despite continually demonstrating the highly successful outcomes of his patients, he has faced great resistance.
TMS is a psychosomatic illness causing chronic back, neck, and limb pain which is not relieved by standard medical treatments. He includes other ailments, such as gastrointestinal problems, dermatological disorders and repetitive-strain injuries as TMS related. Sarno states that he has successfully treated over ten thousand patients at the Rusk Institute by educating them on his beliefs of a psychological and emotional basis to their pain and symptoms. Sarno’s theory is, in part, that the pain are an unconscious “distraction” to aid in the repression of deep unconscious emotional issues. Sarno believes that when patients think about what may be upsetting them in their unconscious, they can defeat their minds’ strategy to repress these powerful emotions; when the symptoms are seen for what they are, the symptoms then serve no purpose, and they go away.
http://www.thankyoudrsarno.org/ Useful Site www.tmswiki.org
John F. Barnes
John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB who is an internationally recognized physical therapist, lecturer, author, and the leading authority on Myofascial Release, without these people we would be in the dark with regard to Myofascial pain. Myofascial Release (MFR) is fast gaining recognition as the missing link in traditional healthcare.