The Protocol

A properly trained Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist, from a NAMTPT recognized training program, with the credential of either CMTPT or MTPT has been trained to follow a comprehensive protocol so as to eliminate  myofascial pain due to trigger points (TrPs). It is this protocol that makes myofascial trigger point therapy a comprehensive form of pain management.

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy (MTPT) is a unique treatment protocol for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction.

The protocol is based on the seminal works of Janet G. Travell, MD and David G. Simons, MD and integrates current scientific concepts and research findings from many world-known researchers including but not limited to: Jay P Shah et al, Helene Langavin, Cesar De Las Penas, Leon Chaitow, Robert Gerwin, Jon Dommerholdt, The Stecco Family, Hans Kraus, Bonnie Prudden. We continue to learn more and will use this platform to disseminate new research findings.

This protocol includes the following:

  • Differential diagnosis
  • Comprehensive patient history
  • Pain mapping
  • Range of motion evaluation
  • Postural analysis
  • Identification of perpetuating factors
  • Correction of perpetuating factors
  • Manual techniques to treat myofascial pain and dysfunction
  • Personalized patient stretch rehabilitation program
  • Patient education

Illustration of Referred Pain Pattern from trigger points in the scalene muscles in the neck. Illustration used with kind permission by Carol Shifflett, Round Earth Publishing.