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What Is MYO Training?

The MYO training series is geared towards current massage therapists, chiropractors, accupuncturists, pain doctors and other body workers who are looking to deepen their understanding of the myofascial system and help patients suffering common acute or chronic pain and dysfunction.

The word myofascial refers to the muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue that is in and around it (fascia). When stressed or injured, the muscle and connective tissue can form trigger points — or contracted knots — that cause localized or even referred pain, tightness and dysfunction. Effective myofascial trigger point therapy is based on a detailed understanding of these dynamics.

MYO training — a series of  one or two-day courses — lays a solid foundation in these underlying principles, and provides a breadth of clinical, practical and business skills to ensure students can build a successful practice and effectively treat and resolve their patients’ pain and dysfunction.


What You’ll Learn

The program is based on the body of knowledge and treatment protocols developed by Dr. David Simons and Dr. Janet Travell (personal physician to President John F. Kennedy), as well as the 40+ years of clinical experience gained by MYO training leaders, Mary Biancalana and Sharon Sauer.

During the training series, you’ll learn the principles of myofascial trigger point therapy, including how to identify the causes and common perpetuating factors behind referred pain and dysfunction in muscles and fascia throughout the body. You’ll also learn practical clinical skills like how to position the patient for treatment, how to incorporate stretching and contraction, and where and  how to apply compression using fingers, knuckles, the hand or elbow, and various self-care tools and other methods.

The training courses each focus on a different area of the body or aspect of clinical practice.  The core topics covered include:

  • The Principles of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
  • Head & Jaw Pain Relief
  • Neck Pain Relief
  • Shoulder, Upper Back & Upper Arm Pain Relief
  • Elbow, Forearm & Hand Pain Relief
  • Chest, Abdomen & Mid-Back Pain Relief
  • Low Back & Hip Pain Relief
  • Buttocks & Sacrum Pain Relief
  • Thigh & Knee Pain Relief
  • Calf & Ankle Pain Relief
  • Foot Pain Relief
  • Courses focusing on special conditions such as:
    • Fibromyalgia & Complex Myofascial Pain
    • Acute & Sports Injuries
  • The Business of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy


How You’ll Learn

While the courses involve traditional educational techniques like lectures and readings, a significant portion of the process involves demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and performing self-care protocols.


Why You Should Consider The Training

Graduates of the core program will be able to effectively treat common pain and dysfunction problems, including but not limited to:

  • headache
  • frozen shoulder
  • tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • mouse arm
  • sciatica
  • low back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • knee pain
  • foot, ankle and heel pain
  • temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD)
  • fibromylagia
  • and many more conditions

Knowing how to treat referred pain will give you a powerful skill which most main-stream practitioners don’t understand or utilize.  By providing an effective alternative to prescription pain-killers or surgery, you’ll be meeting the needs of people who are increasingly aware of the risks of drugs and surgery, and looking for a different approach to pain relief. The ability to treat and relieve muscular pain and dysfunction will enhance your value to patients and pain treatment specialists/facilities.


Added Benefit — Continuing Education Units

Each training course offers 14 CEU credits and is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).


Getting Started

If you’re interested in learning more about the program, we invite you to:

View the training calendar to see what courses are being offered in the coming months.

Contact us and we’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.