Condition of the Month

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain syndrome classified by presence of trigger points in muscles. Trigger points are small, sensitive knots in the muscles which can refer pain to seemingly unrelated parts of the body. These trigger points are often found on taught bands of muscles which can be caused from repetitive tasks, poor posture, or increased stress on a muscle from injury. Myofascial pain can result in headaches, pain in the jaw, muscle pain, decreased muscle flexibility, decreased strength, poor mobility, and even limit blood flow to certain areas.

While most people experience muscle tension pain at some point, myofascial pain syndrome worsens over time and can become chronic if left untreated. Treatment for myofascial pain syndrome involves treating the initial or primary trigger point followed by the various satellite trigger points created over time. Common treatments to abolish the trigger points are soft tissue massage, gentle stretching, myofascial release techniques, and dry needling. Once the trigger points have been abolished treatments such as postural training and education on trigger point inducing activities will be performed to prevent return.

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