Trigger Point Therapy: A Functional Approach
Instructor: Richard Finn, BA, LMT, CMTPT, MCSTT
Date: January 30-31, 2021
“What the Muscles Really Do”
“Agonism-Antagonism-Stabilizer relationships are functional and Physiological rather than anatomical.” This statement from Dr. Sella is made on the basis of 5,940 S-EMGs of 138 muscles over 10 joints. These muscles were tested bilaterally and the information put into a database. This data is the foundation for this course.
The utility of a functional approach is that for the first time in history we actually know what the muscles do! The data demonstrate that long-held assumptions in our anatomy, physiology and kinesiology texts are often less than accurate. One instance of this is the concept of reciprocal inhibition. The common understanding of the concept is that when muscles on one side contract, those on the opposite side are inhibited. However, according to Dr. Sella’s data, “S-EMG studies on thousands of muscles pertaining to 10 major joints have shown every single time that all the muscles of a given primary myotatic unit are active to a different extent during any given motion whether the muscles are symptomatic or asymptomatic.”
The extent of this activity is documented in this course in the following manner. First, the percentage of effort of each motion at the joint is documented. This will allow the practitioner to know which motions to train in proper order for rehabilitation. Second, the amount of effort for the combination of movements per muscle at each joint is presented. This allows treatment to be performed on the most active muscles for chronic pain or in cases of phase 1 myofascial pain disorders. Third, the muscles responsible for each motion are listed. This allows the treatment of phase 2 myofascial pain disorders to be treated in a very substantive manner taking guesswork out of the procedure.
There is a minimum of six students for this class, any less may warrant a change in class date.
Supplies: Students, please bring a set of sheets and a large towel.
The instructor, Richard Finn, is a graduate of the Academy of Myotherapy and Physical Fitness and the Academy of Health Sciences (Fort Sam Houston USAR – Physical Therapy Specialist, He is not a PT). He earned his CMT through the Life Credit Program at the Colorado School of Healing Arts. He is a Board Certified member of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists and served as president from 1992-94. He is the Developer of the Fusion Movement Approach. License # MSG005261