Paul Manley Back Pain and RSI Clinic

Paul Manley, D.O. (ESO 1980), M.A.O.(Manip), Registered Osteomyologist
Phone or text 24/7: 07925 616 753 for the next available appointment
Get help right now for your musculo-skeletal pain

Location Map (click): The London Natural Health Centre, 46 Theobalds Rd, London, WC1X  8NW
Opening hours: 9am to 7pm. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

What are trigger points?

Trigger points, also known as trigger sites or muscle knots, are hyper-irritable spots or areas in skeletal muscle that are associated with nodules and tight zones in muscle fibres.

  • Trigger points are small zones of contracted muscle knots and are a common cause of pain.

  • Compression of a trigger point may cause sensations of  local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response.

  • The trigger point model states that pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself.

What is trigger point therapy?

  • Trigger points exist all over the body, many hundreds of them, from your jaw to your heel, from your pectoralis minor to your peronius tertius. All of which can produce symptoms which are amenable to my approach, one of multiple techniques all blended into one.

  • Trigger points have a number of qualities. They may be classified as potential, active or latent and primary or secondary.

  • There are more than 100 potential trigger points in the lower upper limb and hands.

  • These trigger points, when they become active or latent, show up in similar places in muscles in every person.
    An active trigger point is one that actively refers pain either locally or to another location.
    A latent trigger point is one that exists, but does not yet refer pain actively, but may do so when pressure or strain is applied to the myoskeletal structure containing the trigger point.

  • The trigger points are generally located at the muscle origin, middle of the muscle, at the myotendinous junction
    ( where the contractile portion of a muscle becomes the non-contractile tendon portion ), in the middle of the tendon and final insertion points of the tendon.

  • Great attention must be taken to the ranges of movement of the carpal bones of the wrist, for if they are lacking in their full range, symptoms will occur. This needs the ability to articulate and to manipulate the carpal bones. There are many of us who have such joint adhesions especailly of the scaphoid, lunate and hamate bones where they join with the forearm bones, the radius and ulna.

  • Elbow joint problems can also be at the root of apparent RSI, these need to be manipulated as above. The radial head is a common site of irritation, often with the patient feels the pain elsewhere, farther down the top of the forearm.

  • For more detailed information on the subject of RSI please read my RSI article.

  • I have recently built a separate website dedicated to helping RSI sufferers, please click here to read more....

History of similar techniques

  • Neuro-muscular technique has been around since humans first experienced pain in their muscles. It is a natural instinct to squeeze and rub a painful area of muscles. The Naturopaths of the late 19th century evolved the technique.

  • Myotherapy was developed in the USA after the second world war. It is similar to trigger point therapy.

  • Myo-articulation uses triggerpoints but also employs simultaneous stretching of the trigger points and areas in the muscles. The technique was developed by me over many years of practice and observation. It is profoundly more effective than trigger point therapy or myotherapy alone.

Trigger points are self-evident

By exploring the anatomy of the individual we will discover the points and areas which cause pain and dysfunction. Then, when the application of trigger point techniques brings about great relief which lasts, more knowledge is added to our experiental database. Trigger points are self-evident when one has truly explored a myriad of painful syndromes presented over many years. The trick is not only to find the points and areas but to change them, physically. This is usually easily acheived but must be done in the 'right' way. It is definitely a fine art and a supreme skill combined.

On our first day at college we were told that over the next four years we would learn the entire anatomy of the body 7 times and forget it only 6 times. We thought this was a joke but it definitely turned out to be true except for the bit about forgetting it 6 times. We studied General medicine, differential diagnosis, the 3 divisions of the nervous system, Histology, Pathology, Orthopedics, Osteopathic treatment techniques, and, of course, detailed Anatomy. There are two levels of anatomical study of the muscles, that of the superficial layers and that of all 850 muscles. Most physical therapists such as masseurs, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and other variations and mini-specialisations learn only the superficial layer of muscles. This lessens their abilities dramatically. We were taught the origin, insertion, function, blood supply and nerve supply to every muscle in the body. We were also taught about the organs of the body, their physiological functions as well as the hormonal system and the glorious control mechanisms of entire human edifice. I took a deep liking to the subject of the obscure subject of the hydrodynamics of the brain in relation to the cranium and have published and lectured on the subject. I now realise that my education at the European School of Osteopathy was par excellence.

Whilst at college and for a year before, I attended my Fathers clinic regularly as, at first observer, then as participant.
From the first year at college I worked on a Friday with Dad, taking case histories, doing the 'dogs body' work on his patients, easing muscles, stretching their limbs, articulating their joints.
My learning curve was accelerated greatly by this interaction with both 'live' clinic and with the unfolding of what was beneath my hands was made real and named by my studies at college. It brought the bodies before me to life, an animated medley of anatomy, physiology and person.

Where is my clinic?

The London Natural Health Centre, 46 Theobalds Rd, Holborn, Central London, WC1X 8NW  Nearest tube is Holborn on the Central line...   See location map


"I had tendinitis in both hands, after improper use of the muscles - playing difficult pieces in long practice sessions without breaks, without doing the necessary stretching exercises and without thinking about my body.

The problems were on and off for about 2 years until I decided to suspend my playing for a year, to take time to think and to cure the problem.

During this time I completely recovered with the great help of Paul. He not just cured effectively the problems with the muscles and the tendons (through a simple physiotherapy) but also gave me a very good knowledge which I still use to maintain myself in a good health and prevent injuries.

I sent some of my colleagues from the Royal Academy of Music to him, as he is a great specialist dealing with musician's injuries (his understanding is even deeper as he himself plays the guitar).

I am really grateful to Paul and will recommend him to anyone. There is hardly anything that is not completely curable from the musician's injuries! :-) "

Stanislav Hvartchilkov: classical guitarist


"Five years ago, at a very young age, I began to develop RSI type symptoms. At the time I was playing in teaching a lot of guitar, and the pain began in my fingers of my left hand. My natural reaction was to shift most of the burden onto my right hand when I was typing, and as a result the symptoms seemed to spread all the way up both of my arms.

I searched for a cure, was put on multiple types of painkillers and anti-inflammatories by several GPs, was treated by osteopaths and sports masseurs but nothing seemed to work. When starting a new job in London, I looked on the Internet for someone to take on management of my condition as I knew it would involve a lot of computer based work. I stumbled across Paul's webpage and he seemed to be more in tune with the symptoms associated with RSI than anyone else I had approached, so I decided to give him a try.

Since that first meeting, the results have been extraordinary. His depth of experience means that he was able to pinpoint the source of the problem and treat accordingly. Whilst I am not "cured", the regular treatments keep symptoms at bay and allow me to live and work with effectively no restrictions. His ultimate aim is to work with my body so that I will be able to manage my symptoms without his help, and if someone had told me that my condition would be in such good shape even six months ago, I would never have believed them".

Tom, 23, Strategy Consultant

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Paul Manley Back Pain and RSI Clinic
46 Theobalds Rd, Holborn, London WC1X 8NW

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