Jeff Watson has been treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction since 1982. His initial training was in structural integration / myofascial release, deep tissue and sports massage at the Soma Institute in Gainesville, Florida. Although the focus of the training was on the body mind aspects of therapy, students were equally required to learn joint manipulation and trigger point therapy for musculoskeletal pain. After returning to the Detroit area Jeff continued to pursue further training in trigger point therapy for muscular pain and dysfunction and osteopathic muscle energy technique for joint pain and dysfunction. Jeff has personally studied with some of the world’s leading authorities in their fields including: Former White House physician Janet Travell, M.D. and David Simons, M.D. (trigger point therapy), Dr. Bill Williams Ph.D. (structural integration / myofascial release) and Benny Vaughn, L.M.T., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., N.C.T.M.B. (massage and sports massage). Since the mid 1980’s Jeff has treated over 150 of the Detroit area’s elite athletes from the Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings.
"...The head Radiologist at Henry Ford referred me to Jeff and he was able to quickly solve my problem and get me back on the field..."
-Allen Trammell, former Shortstop and Manager for The Detroit Tigers
"...Jeff was able to get rid of the pain quickly and I was so impressed that I continued to see him whenever I had an injury as did most of my other teammates..."
-Nick Lidstrom, former Defenseman and Captain for the Detroit Red Wings
"... Jeff was able to quickly help me get back on the field and I recognized that his outstanding skills were something that I needed to incorporate into my personal training regimen…"
-Chris Spielman, former Linebacker for The Detroit Lions and current ESPN Analyst
"...I have known of and endorsed Jeff Watson for many decades. He has been recognized as perhaps the pre-eminent massage therapist in Southeast Michigan by many in the Medical Community..."
A COMPLETE TRIGGER POINT THERAPY PRACTICE.
Jeff Watson LMT, CSP
Trigger Point Therapy . Osteopathic Muscle Energy Technique . Myofascial Release
A Trigger Point Therapy practice based on Travell and Simons
My interest in musculoskeletal pain “unfortunately” started at the age of 14 when I mysteriously began to experience low back and sciatic pain. By the time I turned 20, I was having great difficulty walking because of a herniated disk and severe trigger points in my low back and hip muscles. Despite being evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon, the cause of my herniated disk and trigger points went undiagnosed. As it turned out my right leg was a half inch longer than my left! Subsequently I saw a chiropractor who did find the leg length discrepancy but wanted me to “sign up” for $1,500 worth of what would have been useless manipulations. All I really needed was an inexpensive half inch heal lift in my left shoe to correct the leg length discrepancy, and specific stretching exercises to eliminate the trigger points. This personal experience with severe pain is what set me on my own therapeutic odyssey and intrinsically motivates me to help others with their musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Oakland Community College: Mental Health and Counseling.
Oakland University: Psychology and Pre Med.
Soma Institute: Structural Integration, Myofascial Release and Sports Massage.
Travell and Simons Trigger Point Seminars: Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction.
Upledger Institute Muscle Energy Technique Seminars: Joint Pain and Dysfunction.