Don G. Peters Jr

  • 1418 Autumncrest Drive

    Arlington, TX 76002

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  • 512-656-6961

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Locomotor/ Musculoskeletal are extremely vulnerable to injury due to overuse and the wear and tear of Everyday life.

Yet this musculature is often overlooked as a major source of physical pain and dysfunction.

To understand the nature of an injured muscle; first we must understand the nature of a healthy well functioning muscle and an Injured/Dysfunctional muscle.


* Contract and relax; and then relax in to a normal resting length.

* The tissue will feel, supple and elastic.

* Skeleton bony structures palpate easily under healthy muscles.

* Healthy muscles are not tender to palpation.

* Muscle fiber bundles are not distinguishable.

Injured/Dysfunctional Muscle:

* Functionally shortened and/or somewhat weakened.

* Contains one or more hypersensitive palpable nodule, Myofascial Trigger Points (TrPs).

* Restricts full range of motion.

* Causes pain in the primary muscle and/or in other areas of the body.

* Causes nerve compression and/or entrapment.

Myofascial Trigger Points (TrPs)

What is a TrPs?

Scientifically, "A cluster of electrically active loci, each of which is associated with contraction knot and a dysfunctional motor endplate in skeletal muscle."

TrPs in Layman's terms?

An area of a muscle where the muscle fibers have matted together into a nodule, in a taunt band of muscle fibers, due to a chemical and electrical imbalance and blockage.

Thus causing a lack of oxygen (ischemia) within the nodule, blockage of lymphatic drainage, prevents the muscle from reaching its optimal range of motion causing restriction in the muscles strength and/or endurance and could compress or restrict a nerve.

This "Knot" throws a monkey wrench into the body and can cause sensory, motor and autonomic symptoms throughout the body.

Don's Example of a TrPs:

"If you tie a loose knot in a rubber band; you not only restrict the elastic capabilities of the band, you also restrict the bands capability of returning to a normal resting length." & "Over time the knot becomes tighter further restricting the band and eventually weakening the band."

Much of the pain detective work lies in tracking down not only what specific Locomotor stress or stresses initiated the clients trigger points and pain, but also what additional environmental, ergonomic, emotional, and nutritional factors that may be perpetuating them.

Clients' Responsibility:

* Avoid undue excessive adaptive demands or make changes for these:

* Address Environmental factors

* Address Ergonomic factors

* Address Nutritional factors

* Address Emotional factors


Responsibilities as Your Therapists:

* Improve the client's flexibility and stability of the Locomotor system.

* Restore Client's muscles to full stretch length in order to acquire greater tolerance to strains placed upon muscles.

* Perform postural analysis, gait analysis, muscle palpation, passive and active range of motion analysis, muscle strength test and an unorthodox questionnaire to prepare a goal oriented treatment plan.

* Assign homework of a stretch and exercise format to help the Client restore, retrain and maintain normal muscle function.

How are "WE" going to do this?

That is the key; YOU must actively participate in this healing process.

Are you ready for

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

First, YOU must breathe from your diaphragm, and continue deep, slow, steady diaphragm breathing during the entire session?. Why?

Your diaphragm is the bellows of your abdomen cavity and the pumping action for the lymphatic system.

By this type of breathing, YOU are creating an increase in Oxygen intake, initiating the parasympathetic portion of our nervous system, relaxing your muscles and increasing movement of lymphatic fluid.

While you are breathing, "WE" are going to go through gentle range of motion, palpation. To isolate troubled muscles and taunt fascia zones.

Since, each Client requires a highly individualized approach that addresses her or his unique circumstances. The following are therapy options based upon physiological laws and associated principles to restore a balance between your nervous and Locomotor systems.

Gentle Direct Manual techniques may include:

Lymphatic Drainage ?? The Lymphatic System is composed of a network of lymph vessels, tissue and nodes that is very similar to the Circulatory System, except is does not have a allocated pump, The flow of lymph is extremely slow and easily obstructed or congested, causing swelling. The purpose of the Lymphatic System is to transport lymph through the lymph vessels, tissues and nodes, filter metabolic waste products (toxins), recover important substances from the interstitial space, help regulate the Fluid Balance System and maintain a healthy Immune System by producing and delivering anti-bodies and antigens.

Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) ?? This technique is used to mobilize joints in which movement is restricted, stretch tight muscles and fascia, improve local circulation, and balance neuromuscular relationships to alter and normalize muscle tone. By utilizing Isometric contractions, Isotonic contractions, Eccentric contractions, Postisometric Relaxation (PIR) with Reflex Augmentation and Reciprocal Inhibition along with coordinated respiration and eye movements.

Myofascial Trigger point Ischemic Compression?? Applying gently, gradually increasing pressure, on the TrP; a hyperirritable spot, that is painful upon compression. Treatment pressure should only be discomfurtable to client, ecliciting a mild local muscle twitch and possible refferal pain.

Deep stroking massage ?? Gently exerting pressure, along the taunt muscle band, to engage the restrictive barrier of the nodules. Progressing in, no faster than, the tissue releases.

Strumming ?? Gently pulling the finger over the muscle belly, slowly until encountering the TrP nodule. Light contact is maintained until the tissue releases.

Myofascial Release ?? Gentle stretching of Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

Contact Don at 512-565-5961 to schedule your appointment

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Gentle Direct Manual techniques may include: Lymphatic Drainage ?? The Lymphatic System is composed of a network of lymph vessels, tissue and nodes that is very similar to the Circulatory System, except is does not have a allocated pump, The flow of ly


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