Trigger Point Myotherapy
Breaking the Cycle of Pain
By Kit Boesch
There is an old Buddhist proverb that says, “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” This is something that therapist Christine Beckman thoroughly believes. After suffering a mountain bike accident in 2005, causing injuries to her neck, shoulders, and knees, she found herself in constant pain—neck pain, hip pain, and oh, those headaches!
Christine is a registered nurse, so she thought she would be able to find answers for the pain that suddenly seeped into every aspect of her life. Christine sought help from doctors, therapists, and friends but didn’t find the real relief she sought. Ultimately, she received her best advice from a self-help book. This is how she became aware of things called myofascial trigger points and began her own healing process to a healthy life.
In addition to her training as an RN, Christine now also has an associate degree in massage therapy from the Myotherapy Institute in Lincoln and is a nationally Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) with 160 hours of specialized education in the art of trigger point release therapy. She sees clients at Trigger Point Myotherapy in Lincoln.
Let’s take a moment to catch up on some terminology. The word “myofascial” refers to muscle tissue (myo-) and the connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds and connects it. When these tissues are stressed, are injured, or form into knots, pain occurs. When one area of tissue is stressed, it can cause a shortening of the muscle. When this happens, the pain can spread through the connective tissue to other, seemingly uninjured parts of the body. This type of referred pain can be hard to identify, and it makes life very uncomfortable.
If you have never heard of trigger point release therapy, it might be because it is considered relatively new. Only within the last 10 years has it come into its own as a recommended method of pain release, and there are very few texts written that focus exclusively on releasing trigger points. Many healthcare professionals, like dentists, physical therapists, yoga instructors, and athletic trainers, are trained to use general massage techniques to loosen muscles and reduce pain. Sometimes, these techniques are very effective. Other times, they are simply not enough. Treating the entire myofascial pain syndrome, so that pain fully goes away and stays away, is a more complicated process than a Swedish massage.
You don’t have to crash a bicycle to experience this kind of pain. Sudden muscle overload from things like moving boxes, lifting a briefcase, or picking up your kids can lead to pain. Everyday activities can cause muscle tension—even activities that don’t seem strenuous, like sitting at a computer. Migraine headaches, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, and many other painful conditions may all be addressed with trigger point release therapy.
Christine has patients as young as 10 years old and as old as 92. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a high school volleyball player, a college football player, or a grandma who tried to shovel too much snow, Christine can design a treatment plan specific to your needs. Christine sees many clients from Lincoln and the surrounding areas, but her clients also come from as far away as Canada. She has 20 appointments each week and over 400 clients on her mailing list.
In identifying the cause or causes of your muscle pain, Christine takes the time to fully understand your pain issues. This may include a detailed medical history, charting your everyday activities, assessing home and workplace for posture corrections, or evaluating sleeping patterns. Your treatment plan will be geared toward lowering your pain levels and teaching you how to “self-release” and manage your condition at home and at work. You’ll likely need multiple sessions with Christine, but you’ll be learning how to continue living pain-free after treatment.
Since trigger point release therapy is a relatively new treatment, it is often not covered by health insurance. Payment options include some healthcare savings accounts, flex plans, credit card, cash, or personal check. You may make a 30 minute no-cost consultation visit to ask questions, provide a brief history of why you are there, and receive a brief exam before you and Christine decide whether you are a good fit for trigger point release therapy.
If you are experiencing pain on a regular basis and have tried a myriad of solutions to no avail, call Christine at Trigger Point Myotherapy. Get ready for a new, effective solution to pain management! Trigger Point Myotherapy is open Monday through Friday at 8540 Executive Woods Drive, Suite 200, Room 105, in Lincoln. You can reach Christine by phone at 402-228-8955 or online at triggerpointreleasetherapy.com.