Myo - (prefix): A prefix denoting a relationship to muscle.
Skeletal (adjective): Of, relating to, or functioning as a skeleton.
Myoskeletal Alignment is a term developed and coined by Erik Dalton, PhD, in the early 80s after seeing a need for a more integrative perspective on pain management in the human body.
After spending years working as a certified Rolfer® and studying under legendary figures such as Vladimir Janda, M.D., and Phillip Greenman, DO, Erik realized that a much broader approach was needed to better help his clients in pain. Erik’s fascination with Janda’s upper and lower crossed syndromes challenged him to figure a way to incorporate and teach this elegant posturofunctional model to the massage and bodywork community.
In 1998, his first Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques book and videos were released. This very popular home-study course included Dalton’s “Dirty-Dozen” routines for assessing and correcting pain problems associated with Janda’s commonly seen postural model. It was then that Myoskeletal Alignment -- an integrative marriage of the work of Vladimir Janda, Rolfing, and manipulative osteopathy -- was born.
This is Erik’s greatest contribution to the field of manual medicine: Working from the knowledge that the body’s myofascial and skeletal systems are inseparable. What affects one always affects the other. Accordingly, Myoskeletal Alignment focuses on treating stubborn pain conditions by mobilizing joints through muscle manipulation.
Therapists also learn six dynamic ways to identify and correct conditions such as sciatica, lumbago, scoliosis, dowager’s humps, rib dysfunction, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff injuries, forward head postures, and thoracic outlet syndrome.
Learn to fix low back pain and you’ll always have a full practice… A. T. Still, MD, Founder of Osteopathy
“All means prove a blunt instrument if they have not behind them a living spirit.” - Albert Einstein