Have any chronic pain sufferers tried muscle manipulation?

Anyone with chronic pain has probably tried just about everything to help ease the pain or eliminate it completely (good for you if you have!) … but I’m wondering what has really worked for you?

My most recent success is muscle manipulation. My doctor (pain specialist) has been doing this to my muscles this past year. It is by far the best treatment I have received for my chronic pain (which I have suffered for more than 20 years).

If you are not familiar with it, here is a description from musclemanipulation.com:


Muscle Manipulation (Muscle Manipulative Therapy) is the alignment of muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilages, blood vessels, nerves and fibrous tissues to parts of the body that have misaligned for one reason or another. After manipulation, the body can then proceed to heal the area and within a short time a full recovery will result. If the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilages, blood vessels, nerves and fibrous tissues remain misaligned pain will be sustained and in some instances calcium can form around injured areas making it difficult to manipulate. The Muscle Manipulist will be able to feel the injured area and by using either a Bio Stimulator, their own fingers or both they will be able to perform a correct alignment. This alternative therapy can produce remarkable results seconds after a manipulation and in some instances the patient is completely pain free within minutes.

Muscle Manipulative Therapy invloves a sensitive feel and the Muscle Manipulator must know what they are feeling for and when they have found it they must know where to place the muscle, ligament, tendon, cartilage, blood vessel, nerve and fibrous tissues. This remarkable therapy is new and exciting giving the opportunity for those who have had injuries for years and avoiding expensive operations the chance to be fixed at a fraction of the cost of surgery. This technique is also available for those who have injured dogs or race horses.

My doctor can actually feel some of the crap going on in my body, and tries to move things back to where they belong. I’ve found it to be helpful, but don’t hear too many others talking about it. Maybe I just miss those posts? : )

So if you have tried muscle manipulation, I’d love to hear your feedback!

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I am a wife, mommy, writer/editor/blogger, daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend, soccer and hockey lover, fighter of chronic pain (Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome), and pop-culture fanatic!

Posted on March 22, 2012, in Chronic Pain, Health, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. chronicpainandme

    Wow, this sounds really interesting and promising.

    Muscle manipulation is a therapy I haven’t tried yet and will be something I’ll be looking into. Over the last few years, particularly the last as my pain has become much worse I’ve lost count of the amount of therapists I’ve seen. It was my first day with a pilates instructor today and although I’m skeptical, he believes that he can make a difference but then again I’ve heard it all before.

  2. I don’t blame you for being skeptical! I’m right with you on that one. I like yoga for easing my pain, but it never really goes away. I like to say I have bad days and really bad days as far as pain goes lol.

    The muscle manipulation my pain doc has been doing is awesome. Nothing overnight, but over a few weeks I have felt relief in certain areas. For instance, I have had a stabbing, shooting, horrible pain in both of my shoulders for about 20 years and just learned to live with it. I now actually have days after my therapy where I almost feel normal in my shoulders. I forgot what “normal” felt like! But of course, if I overuse (doesn’t take much) my arms/shoulders, the pain comes back. But there are days they feel better. Best treatment I have received by far, and that is coming from 20 years of docs, physical therapy, meds, etc. : )

    Thanks for posting! Good luck with pilates! I haven’t done that in years, wasn’t sure if it would be too much on my muscles. But think if you keep a good balance and don’t overdo it, could be great. I’ve been mostly sticking to yoga, as there are certain poses that really help relieve some of my worst areas (temporarily, of course! lol)

    Take care!

  3. Yes, I have. It save my life and saved me from quacks that kept me in chronic pain. The docs I had refused to listen to what I kept telling them about injuring my back. They intead kept finding ‘other’ things wrong up to the point that they almost killed me. I stayed in intense pain for over 2 years, wishing to die.
    Finally I found a homeopathic MD. He immediately remedied the internal problems that were being caused by the injury and pelvic dislocation. He set me up for manipulative therapy that afternoon.
    I went back, had the therapy, and within a half an hour, my body started cleansing itself of all of the toxic build up it had been storing for so long that was poisoning me from the inside out.
    By the time I had found the manipulative therapy, I had already been told by a circle of doctors that I had to have major surgery and that I would most likely not make it to a scheduled operation. That I would most likely be in the emergency room that night for emergency partial colectomy, and that I was a dead man walking.
    I did not have surgery. This was 5 years ago. I can walk again. I have more days without pain than I do with. (I still get injury flare ups from time to time.) I got my life back. My internal problems cleared up. (They stay cleared up unless I shift out of adjustment.) Digestion is better. I feel better.
    Today’s ‘mainstream’ medicine is about the money. It’s about numbers and corporate bottom lines. Manipulative therapy is never suggested by them…because it works!
    My doctor has a part time private practice. He does not do insurance to keep his costs down. But even with a cash paid visit of 60 bucks, it still costs less than what I was paying for medications, tests without clear results, and repetitive doctor visits where I was guinea pigged with the latest drug samples to ‘try and see how what it does.’
    - Pael

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