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How I Treat Muscle Pain With the Deep Muscle Stimulator

Muscle strains and joint dysfunctions caused by asymmetrical movements over time can generally be reduced by treatment using the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS).

The DMS is a hand held device that delivers strong vibration, oscillation and percussion. Use of the DMS appears to reduce stiffness by signaling inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system. Palpate tight or stiff fascial tissue or a taut and tender muscle fiber, and then apply the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) device for approximately two to three minutes, the post treatment/application will leave the skin red, warm and it will palpate as “softer.” This probably has to do with local changes in the arterioles and capilliaries and the mixing up of tissue viscosity.


Tight muscles and resolving pain

These muscles when tight are often implicated in causing musculoskeletal pain:


Lumbar muscles & hamstrings

Levator scapulae/upper trapezius


Pectoralis minor/major

Thigh adductors



You have to learn how to stretch these muscles. Good flexibility improves posture, ergonomics and resolves pain. Our bodies have a tendency to allow certain muscles to tighten up and that affects our posture. This list of muscles show a tendency towards tightness and being overactive in movements.

I recommend static stretches for these muscles. Two reps of 30 second holds each.

For nutrition of tight muscles I  recommend Metagenics Wellness Essential JOINT FOCUS (2 packets daily) and additional high doses of omega 3 fish oils. I usually suggest the Metagenics EPA-DHA 720’s.

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