What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome is generally a combination of symptoms people experience often related to trigger points. Trigger points are sensitive areas in muscles that can refer into the face neck or shoulders. They generally occur in the upper trapezius muscles, the back of your neck, the top part of the back of your neck right under your skull, your jaw muscles or temples.
People who suffer most severely from this type of pain are often young and have been involved in a specific traumatic event. As you get older your muscles and the fascia within them reduce in their tightness (elasticity) and therefore become looser and likely to develop sensitive areas of trigger points.
Our Chiropractors are trained to examine you for the presence of myofascial pain syndrome. People often have headaches associated with their trigger points in their upper traps or the back of the neck. By pushing on these trigger points and seeing what happens to the pain in the head we can diagnose if the pain source is coming from the trigger point.
Our Chiropractors are able to feel and locate these trigger points in your neck through use their hands or by getting you to turn your head in specific ways that can show the muscular involvement and tightness that is occurring in your neck or upper back. General testing by imaging will usually not show up with anything.
Our Chiropractic management of myofascial pain syndrome– Chiropractic therapy is regarded in the literature is one of the most effective therapies for the treatment of muscular pain syndrome. Our Chiropractors use of a variety of techniques depending on the individual needs of the patient.
These range from trigger point therapy, where we use our hands to push on the muscle that is referring pain and hold that muscle for usually around 90 seconds until it releases. Advice on stretching and modification of workplace or leisure posture is very important to getting on top of chronically strained muscles. While the therapy it’s great and often leaves people feeling much better, if you go home or go to work for eight hours and sit in a terrible posture then your symptoms are more likely to occur. Our Chiropractors also have a special interest in rehabilitation strategies for posture and can assist with recommendations for gentle exercise programs. Our Croydon Chiropractors are also trained in how to be safe when managing people with myofascial pain syndrome, the Chiropractors must be sure that the inflammation in the body is not going to make the patient worse.
To receive a treatment plan, posture analysis and assessment by a trained Chiropractor, you can book online give us a call. Typically, will be a be able to identify if Chiropractic care is the right treatment for you within two visits. If Chiropractic care is the right treatment for you then a treatment plan over 2 to 3 months will be created for you. The severity of your symptoms will indicate how often you need to see the Chiropractor. Typically at the start of treatment people are being treated two times a week and doing an exercise program at home. Once the symptoms start to reduce and they are feeling much better in between the appointments they will only need to come in once every week.
10 facts about myofascial pain syndrome
1. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic condition that is characterized by muscle pain, tenderness, and stiffness.
2. It is caused by trigger points in the muscles, which are points of localized tenderness in the muscle tissue.
3. It is usually caused by repetitive strain injuries, such as typing or lifting heavy objects.
4. Symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome can include pain in the affected muscle, stiffness, and tenderness.
5. Myofascial pain syndrome can affect any muscle in the body, but is often found in the neck, shoulders, and back.
6. Myofascial pain syndrome is not caused by any underlying medical condition and is not contagious.
7. Treatment for myofascial pain syndrome includes stretching and strengthening exercises, massage, heat and cold therapy, and medications.
8. Trigger point injections may also be used to reduce pain and tenderness.
9. Physical therapy can be beneficial in helping to manage pain and reduce the risk of further injury.
10. Myofascial pain syndrome can take a long time to resolve, and some people may have ongoing pain and discomfort.