Healing from Chronic Myofascial Pain—Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers


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Other manual therapies

BOTTOM LINE:  Haven't tried.

Three types of bodywork that I briefly address here are:

  • Integrated Manual Therapy (IMT),
  • Osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT), and
  • Rolfing.

I haven’t received Integrated Manual Therapy (IMT™), however a friend asked me if I knew about it. From a quick internet search, I learned that this integrated treatment approach is manual bodywork that is said to help heal the body on a cellular level and encourage tissue repair by addressing the body’s anatomical, physiological, nutritional, and psychological systems. 

Since I haven’t experienced this treatment, I’m not sure exactly how this is achieved, but given that it is bodywork and takes a holistic approach, as does John F. Barnes myofascial release (JFB-MFR), which was extremely helpful to me, I wouldn’t discredit it.

Osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT), as explained in Spine-health.com, is a combination of gentle stretching and pressure on the muscles and joints that attempts to improve joint range of motion and to balance tissue and muscle mechanics in order to relieve pain. Manipulation techniques, usually performed by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine might include:

  • cranial-sacral,
  • counterstrain,
  • high velocity-low amplitude (HVLA),
  • muscle energy, and
  • myofascial release.

I haven't tried this either, but since I recently moved to a new state and have to find a new doctor, I'm considering looking for an osteopath who can offer this treatment. However, I don’t know if this will tap into emotions tied to past trauma that I believe is critical to my healing, and which I’ve experienced through JFB-MFR, Somatic Experiencing, and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

Rolfing® Structural Integration (SI) is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the fascia. It aims to restore flexibility, revitalize one’s energy, and enhance postural efficiency and freedom of movement.  

I haven’t been systematically treated by a Rolfing expert; however, once I had a massage by someone trained in Rolfing. It's the only non-JFB-MFR massage that I would go back to, although for treatment of my chronic myofascial pain, I still prefer JFB-MFR, which works well for me in relieving pain by integrating the mind and body through bodywork.

Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:

Treatments: Physical therapy (PT)