A graduate of the American Institute of Myofascial Studies, Frank is a member of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists. A Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist, Frank trained at the Shaw Institute of Myofascial studies and is currently practicing in Haymarket, Virginia.
Frank Gresham has traveled to Norway and throughout the United States assisting in teaching Dr. Travell’s protocol for myofascial trigger point therapy.
Graduate of American Institute of Myofascial Studies
National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists
Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist
Why Do We Wake With Low Back Pain?
I know right away what we need to do when a patient tells me they wake up hurting more than when they went to bed. When a new patient comes into my office, I usually find there are a couple of reasons why they have problems with low back pain. A lot of times, it's their sleep position as well as lack of proper stretching for their pain.
Many folks sleep on their stomach or they use a half-side/half-stomach sleep position. These are very bad positions for muscles, and bad positions for back pain. If you are sleeping twisted up all night, how can you expect to stand up straight the next morning?
Sleeping in the right position is usually a huge factor in getting folks to feel better when they have chronic back pain. It's very important to sleep in a nice, neutral position so that your muscles are relaxed at end of a
Too often folks have on leg rolled in front of the other, which is twisting most of the stomach muscles and actually the whole lower back as well.
Fibromyalgia Or Chronic Pain? Which Came First?
There's seems to be an epidemic of pain in our country. There is a significant amount of confusion about the diagnosis of fibromyalgia and chronic pain, and which came first. A person with fibromyalgia has points along their body that if touched can alert them of their condition. If you are tender or feel pain in more than 10 of the 18 points, then you might be considered to have fibromyalgia.
I have seen quite a few people that thought they had fibromyalgia and are in chronic pain. One of the first things I ask them is where did the pain originate from? Your knee? Or perhaps your feet? Sometimes it can start at the hip or lower back, or a bad car accident brought on the onset of pain. So, in other words, they didn't have all those tender points all at once. First, it started in the knee. Then a few months later pain was felt in the hip and back and up into the neck and head.
Vaginal Numbness and Testicular Pain "Why" Tight Shortened Muscles Can Refer Pain To This Area
Believe it or not I have had quite a few patients come in and complain of back pain and other assorted pains and then sheepishly tell me they hurt “down there”.
Men will usually complain of testicular pain that just won't go away. Ladies will say that it's strange but they are experiencing vaginal numbness. I then explain tothem that it's good if they see their doctor first to rule out anything serious.
Do You Need a Lift Today?
Have you bought some new pants/slacks and had them tailored? You might of had the tailor tell you that one pant leg was longer than the other and they'd have to shorten it up. Usually that indicates that one hip is higher than the other and is causing an imbalance in your body.
Do you have a tendency to kick out one leg as your standing for a couple of minutes? Some kick out their left leg because their right leg is just a bit shorter. This is your body's way of aligning the hips your body doesn't want to stand at an angle or be uneven.
Does Your Pain Look Like This?
The picture seen here shows a pain pattern that you can have in the front of your body as well as in the back of your upper back. It can be kind of scary when you get this pain pattern. From the picture you can see how the pain can go down the arms into the fingers as well as into the chest.
A lot of patients have come in to their therapist's office with the shoulder hurting back by the shoulder blade, confused as to what is causing the pain. Generally, when the therapist shows the patients this picture, they better understand where the pain is coming from, aiding in discovering ways to alleviate this pain.
Do You Feel Pain Here?
Does this pain pattern look too familiar? This is a very common pain that my patients come in with. This pain pattern can come from any number of perpetuating factors (things that make that muscle tight). For example, how many times have you seen someone walking around with their phone up to the ear with their shoulder? Imagine if you do that at a desk job all day long what your neck and head will feel like. Ladies typically carry a purse on a single shoulder. To keep the purse from falling down, they will lift up that shoulder which again shortens the muscle that refers to this particular pain pattern. With the smart phones that we have now, more people are sitting forward with their heads bent down looking at the phone. These different postures can cause this pain pattern that you see.
Low Back Pain: Finally, Real Advice 'N' Know-How (A FRANK Look At Natural Pain Relief)
by Frank Gresham, CMTPT
Is it a chore to get out of bed? Do you have chronic pain in your low back? Have you had therapy that hasn't helped? Are you tired of hurting? Would you like to understand why you have pain and how to get rid of it naturally? This FRANK look at the causes of lower back pain will surprise you. There are causes of back pain and natural ways to relieve pain that most folks have never heard of. Frank hadn't and learning it was life-changing for him. He will share that information with you in this easy-to-read and understand book. Frank will help you understand how to get rid of your low back pain naturally!