Welcome to Advanced
Bodywork and Massage!
Pain relief by removing the CAUSE!
I have moved to One Williamsburg Place Suite 250 Warrendale PA 15086
2 minutes closer to I-79 See the "directions" page for specifics
I MAY HAVE THE ANSWER YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR!
If you live in the Greater Pittsburgh, North Pittsburgh, Wexford, Cranberry, Seven Fields, Warrendale, Butler, Beaver or Allegheny county area, you are in luck!
Mary Jo Smiley CMTPT
Board Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist, LMT, CMMT is here for YOU!"Myofascial trigger points are unbelievably common yet commonly overlooked."
— David G. Simons, MD Pioneer, researcher and leading expert in the field of pain management “Myofascial trigger points are among the most common, yet poorly recognized and inadequately managed, cause of musculoskeletal pain seen in the medical practice” --Janet Travell 1976 White House physician to John F. Kennedy and First Author of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction The Trigger Point Manual Thank you Janet Travell and David Simons for a lifetime of research on Myofascial Pain and dysfunction. We could not be eliminating pain without your work! Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy (MTPT) is recognized by The American Academy of Pain Management as an effective treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. Are you suffering from pain and not getting proper and effective treatment for it? Does it return as soon as the meds wear off or you try to return to your regular activities? Are you getting the "we can't find anything wrong, would you like to go to the pain clinic" response from your doctor? Your pain is probably not caused by the lack of the "right drug" or $3000 worth of treatment! I am a Board Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and offer Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, Medical Massage, massage and other non-invasive pain management modalities. Not all "Trigger Point massage" is the same. I have 650 hours of very specific training in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, > 1000 hours specific, related continuing education and over 17 years experience. I did NOT learn "Trigger Point Massage" in massage school in 10 or 20 hours! What kinds of painful conditions respond well to Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy?
My specialties include (but are not limited to) non-invasive treatment for:
* Headaches, Migraines, chronic or frequent tension headache
*Computer and other work related pain (early treatment works MUCH faster and easier than waiting)
* Injuries recently sustained in Auto Accidents and other injuries. Whiplash is very common and can get worse in time if not addressed properly. (Medical Massage is covered by most auto insurance)
* TMJ, TMJD, and jaw and face pain, temporomandibular joint disorder, clenching, headaches due to TMJ dysfunction
* Chronic Neck and upper Back Pain and stiffness, stiff neck
* Carpal Tunnel, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, arm pain with or without tingling and numbness, Golfers & Tennis Elbow, "Tendonitis", Rotator cuff injuries
* “whiplash” and other neck and shoulder pain and dysfunction
* "Growing pains" and other "kids pain"! NEVER underestimate a child's pain. Remember how much you fell down as a kid? Just because they are not "broken" does not mean the pain is NOT REAL and SERIOUS! Treat it now, so they will not suffer the rest of their life!
* Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome, other pain syndromes
* Poor posture, kids who carry backpacks, carry heavy objects such as purse and bags, one-sided sports like golf, bowling etc
* Lower back & buttock pain, Sciatica, unexplained abdominal pain, endometriosis, and other "female pain and problems"
* Heel and foot pain, Plantar Fasciitis, knee pain, shin splints, fallen arches, ankle pain, Restless Leg Syndrome
* Weak, painful grip, Trigger Finger, "texter’s thumb " and other hand pain & overuse
If you don’t see your pain condition listed here, you may give me a call for a free consultation; I may be able to help.
Once myofascial trigger points are activated, they may cause referred pain and dysfunction in various and disparate parts of the body unless treated by myofascial trigger point therapy.
This is worth trying! No dangerous side effects, needles or drugs! Pleasant and controlled!MANY mystery pain complaints can be easily explained by myofascial trigger points and their referred pain patterns! Too many times a "pain diagnosis" is only big words that describe your pain, that is all! They do not describe the cause, nor suggest the cure! But you still need to see a doctor regarding your pain issues. Pain is a warning to look for the cause of pain. There can be very serious health conditions that need to be addressed.
Myofascial trigger point therapy is a safe, non-invasive and drug-free way to relieve the cause and symptoms of these and many forms of pain related to muscles and body mechanics dysfunctions. It can easily increase and improve range of motion.
Trigger points and myofascial dysfunction may be caused or perpetuated by a variety of factors, accidents, overuse of muscles, computer work, poor nutrition and overuse of stimulants, ergonomic imbalances in the home or workplace, and sometimes structural imbalances in the body such as long second toe, short leg or small hemipelvis, and prolonged physical or mental stress without relief, prolonged cough, lack of movement such as wearing a leg cast,
With these and other modalities, my focus has always been pain management and correction of muscle dysfunction. Many pain complaints are due to dysfunction of muscle and soft tissue, which can be addressed using Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, Medical Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy and some other modalities. I have worked with Chiropractors and Medical Doctors to provide, in many cases, far better pain management than OTC pain meds, pharmaceuticals, PT or time can provide.
I specialize in MIGRAINES, HEADACHES and upper body problems, partially because these were my own pain complaints and partially because these are so extremely common. Pharmaceuticals such as pain meds and anti-inflammatory seldom work for long-term relief where as addressing the trigger points and other soft tissue dysfunction actually REMOVES the problem in many cases.