Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
HAN(D)SON MUSCLE THERAPY is a diversified system that integrates postural evaluation, range of motion assessment and specific muscle testing to pinpoint areas of myofascial tension
Sprains, strains, or micro tearing due to overuse or trauma of certain muscles lead to an accumulation of tension, i.e. muscle shortening and adhesions
Anytime there is muscle shortening or muscle lengthening, there is MUSCULAR IMBALANCE. The core theory is that muscular imbalance is the cause of injuries or decreased performance.
Muscle shortening causes:
·Increased joint pressure
·Decreased range of motion
·Decreased vascular circulation
·Inhibitation of lymphatic drainage
This can in time lead to:
·Nerve entrapments; and ultimately
·Joint pathology and/or degeneration
Accumulation of tension in muscles, fascia and tendons manifests as hypersensitive myofascial reflex points, known as trigger points or acupressure points Those reflex points can give rise to local, or referred pain This pain does not follow simple segmental or neurological patterns (1). Trigger points and acupressure points can also cause autonomic phenomena as well as distortion of proprioception (2).
Trigger and acupressure points are activated directly by acute overload, overwork, fatigue, or direct trauma to the muscle involved within the complex. Those reflex points can also be activated indirectly by other reflex points, visceral disease, joint dysfunction, or emotional distress. Once a reflex point is activated, repeated muscular stress of a lesser degree can activate pain in the reference zone, especially when the muscle becomes fatigued.
Research shows that a change in electrical resistance (3) and temperature (4) can be measured at the dermal location of a reflex point. This can be confirmed with ohm meters and thermograms.
Once a primary reflex point has been localized, it should be released of its excess tension with deep friction massage. Deep intermittent digital pressure to a point in a specific direction causes a form of "depolarization." Proper release of tension in a reflex point will immediately abolish readings of changed electrical resistance. Inactivation of the reflex point allows associated muscle(s) to return to proper tone and hence restore muscular balance.
Intermittent digital pressure or friction massage to acupressure or trigger points in shortened muscles is very effective in reducing joint pressure and restoring range of motion. Lasting results will be achieved in eliminating local or referred pain caused by muscle shortening. This also improves vascularity and lymphatic drainage, which stimulates the body’s natural self-curative abilities.
Due to somatovisceral effects, a release of a hypersensitive myofascial reflex point can improve tension related visceral ailments and provide emotional release.
Some theories suggest that digital pressure applied to acupressure points also may stimulate the nervous system to release neuro-hormones (such as endorphins). Research has documented that this is the case with acupuncture (5). This would explain the analgesic effect often experienced with the release of an acupressure point. This analgesic effect is generally short lasting in cases of joint or nerve pathology. In other cases, however, endorphin release may break the pain cycle and promote lasting or permanent relief.
(1) Travell J. Bigelow NH: Referred somatic pain does not follow a simple "segmental"
pattern Fed Proc 5:106, 1046
(2). Travell J & Simons D: Myofascial pain and dysfunction The trigger point manual, upper extremities vol 1, pg. 15, 1983
(3) Sola AE and Williams RL: Myofascial pain syndromes Neurol 6:91-95, 1956
(4) Fisher AA: Thermography and pain Arch Phys Med Rehabil 62:542, 1981
(5) Mayer DJ. Price DD, Barber J, et al.: Acupuncture analgesia: evidence for activation of pain inhibitory system as a mechanism of action. In Advances in Pain Research and Therapy, edited by J.J. Bonica, D Albe-Fessard, vol 1 Raven Press, New York, 1976 (pp 751-754)
Friday, September 15, 2006
My Name is Torbjorn Hanson (Thor/Bear in Swedish), I tend to go by Tobe to keep it easy. Perhaps this will explain why I carry the Thor Viking Hammer in some of my photos, I am extremely proud of my Viking heritage. Don't expect to run into some crazed hammer wielding guy if you ever meet me in person, I am pretty laid back and friendly.
I work in the Muscle Therapy profession with sports injurys, using a system of my own design. My Schooling includes an accupuncture & physiotherapy degree from Sweden, the rest I learned on my own. Currently I have a very successful business, where I see up to 23 people per day in Pleasanton California M-F.
On the 27th of this month, I will be putting on a free seminar to show my stuff from 7-9 PM at ClubSPort in Pleasanton. This will be a great opportunity, for me to show how effective my system is to medical professionals.
The whole blogging world is new to me, but I will do my best to learn it well since I will use it to keep my students up to day on new techniques etc...
I know this is only a short blurb, but I am working on my presentation for the upcoming event. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post or leave me an email.