Drs Martin & Sue Allbright

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We would like to share with you our personal view, beliefs and approach about the research that is presented on these pages.

We both value the research of modern science and the many developments that have been discovered.

We also value the depth of wisdom and knowledge of traditional and classical five element acupuncture, which integrates the many aspects of body and mind.

We acknowledge the information gained from research, and we endevaour to use it where appropriate when meeting the needs of an individual who is suffering in health.

We hope later to share more information on the five elements of acupuncture.


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The word myofascial comes from myo (Latin for muscle) and fascia (Latin for connective tissue) which is found interweaving in and around a muscle. So myofascial pain is simply pain arising from the muscles -fascia tissue.

It is frequently a chronic pain disorder and it is thought that it may occur due to an injury to the ‘muscle fascia ligament tendon’ either as an acute blow or a repetitive minor subtle strain occurring over a long time. These subtle strains may come from overuse of muscles and repeated activities. However it is also thought that prolonged immobility or poor posture such as computer use or driving are factors as well. In addition emotional Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) or Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP).

Trigger Points (TrP's) are hypersensitive hyperirritable, tightened - contracted knots which can occur in any muscle. They are often felt as part of a taut band of muscle and sometimes when the trigger point is felt in a particular way the whole muscle may twitch.

Symptoms of Trigger Points . When they are palpated they are usually painful - aching areas, which can be constant or intermittent depending on severity. Sometimes moving the affected muscle(s) aggravates the pain. This is when they are called symptomatic however sometimes people do not know they have them until someone examines and palpates the muscles ie. they are asymptomatic.

Occaisionally a person may also have referred pain from TrP's, this is when a person experiences pain and aches in part of their body, but the cause for the pain comes from a trigger point a distance away from where the pain is experienced.

Manual acupuncture (MA) for myofascial pain syndrome (MPS): a systematic review and meta-analysis

'Results Ten RCTs were combined in a metaanalysis

of MA versus sham, which showed a favourable effect of MA on pain intensity after stimulation of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs); standardised mean difference but not traditional acupuncture points Benefit was seen both after a single treatment and course of eight sessions. We also found a significant increase in pressure pain threshold following MA stimulation of MTrPs. Two of the included studies reported mild adverse events (soreness/ haemorrhage) secondary to MA.

Conclusions Through stimulation of MTrPs, MA might be efficacious in terms of pain relief and reduction of muscle irritability in MPS patients.'

Rong Wang et al. (2017) Manual acupuncture for myofascial pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis Acupunct Med 2017;0:1–10. doi:10.1136/acupmed-2016-011176

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See also Dry needling and Physical Therapy in Patients with Trapezius Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

Shima Hesari, Behrouz Attarbashi-Moghadam, Azadeh Shadmehr. (2016) Comparison of Dry Needling and Physical Therapy in Patients with Trapezius Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Pub. Journal of Modern Rehabilitation 2016; 10(1): 43-47

References for the above Definitions.

Myofascial Trigger Point: hyperirritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle

Myofascial Acupuncture  

Trigger Point Acupuncture

(Musculoskeletal Acupuncture)