"There is no substitute for learning how to control
your own musculoskeletal pain."
-- David G. Simons, M. D.
Myofascial pain is extremely common, rarely considered and often misdiagnosed yet its patterns are remarkably consistent. For example, the "sinus pain" shown above (perhaps with dizziness, poor balance, nausea, and visual disturbances) may be coming not from the head (or inner ear), but from the
sternocleidomastoid muscle of the neck. Knee cap pain may be coming from your hip. Knee, groin, pelvic, or menstrual pain with no obvious organic cause may be coming from tight adductor muscles.
Surprisingly, over 85% of the time, where you hurt is not where the pain originates.
Pain charts allow you to identify the patterns and the actual source of the pain. Click here for an overview of
head pain patterns. Our Range-of-Motion Testing charts aid in identifying shortened muscles even before they cause pain and injury. Click here for a sampler of cervical ROM tests which reveal the muscular origins of much head and neck pain.