Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a musculoskeletal pain condition characterised by local and referred pain perceived as deep and aching and by the presence of myofascial trigger points in any part of the body. It is a condition that can technically form at any age and is best treated as soon as you can act upon it to manage the pain and discomfort associated with it.
Some Causes of Myofascial Pain:
This often occurs in persons who perform repetitive tasks involving the muscles of the forearms, upper arms, shoulders and neck – such as typing, data entry or other frequent use of keyboards. Usually, small areas of extreme tenderness can be identified by pressing on the affected muscles. These spots are called trigger points – in addition to being tender, they feel like hard, usually round areas or knots. Trigger points can be thought of as areas of stuck, tangled muscle fibers which don’t release in the normal way even when the muscle is relaxed. Sometimes these trigger points are joined together along the length of the muscle and feel like tight, hard bands rather than like individual hard spots in the muscles.
Myofascial pain can be treated by what is known as ‘myofascial trigger point release.’ This involves the targeting and teasing out of knots and tension that builds up at the trigger points (areas where you are experiencing pain). This can be achieved through physiotherapy, manipulation and massage or a combination of these treatment types.
How we can help:
Our physiotherapists are experts at relieving tension that builds up at trigger points. They use a method known as ‘myofascial trigger point release’. In most people poor postural habits contribute to their myofascial pain. Here at PhysioCare, we carry out detailed postural assessments where we identify overactive/underactive muscle groups which contribute to pain levels. We provide our clients with personalised stretching and strengthening exercise programs pertaining to their condition to improve their posture let them take control of their pain.