iSAW 01.11 A Point of Law

A Change of Plan I was originally intending this post to promote trigger point dry-needling (TrP DN) as an effective treatment for chronic pain. Plan B. On Tuesday November 19th there will be a hastily arranged tribunal to pass revisions to the Massachusetts...

iSAW 01.10 More Research Needed

Manual Therapy for intransigent pain We get sent (without solicitation) a steady flow of Worker’s Compensation cases. The people presenting invariably describe complex, severe, unremitting pain that has failed to respond to conventional therapy. It’s up to 360 NMT to...

iSAW 01.09 Self Help Books

Why Self-Help? When people who are in pain come to see us three or four things can happen; they can get better despite our help (self-healing), they can get better because they perceive what we do will work (placebo effect), or they can get better because what we do...

iSAW 01.08 Getting to the Point- NAMTPT

From one extreme to the other In my last post I described a trigger point vacuum; this week I relate a trigger point supernova. Each year a group of manual trigger point therapists gather somewhere in the country to listen to the latest myofascial researchers, test...

iSaw 01.07- Musculoskeletal Pain Riddles and New Ideas

Good idea Last week I attended the above-named free, 4-hour symposium at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. B&W is a well-known Boston institution that regularly host events to ‘encourage cross-disciplinary, “out of the box” communication on a topic that is in...