A Painful Condition Affecting Muscles
Myofascial is comes from the words “myo” which means muscle and “fascia” which is the connective tissue that covers and intertwines with muscle. Myofascial pain syndrome is a type of chronic pain that centers around sensitive points in your muscles called trigger points. The trigger points in your muscles can be painful when touched and the pain can advance throughout the entire muscle.
While many people may experience occasional muscle pain, the pain generally goes away within a few days. Suffers of myofascial pain syndrome have muscle pain that remains and / or worsens over time.
It is more common for women and those with sedentary lifestyles between the ages of 20-40 to develop MPS. Myofascial pain syndrome can develop from the following conditions:
- Musculoskeletal tissue damage
- Herniated discs
- Heavy lifting
- Overuse of unconditioned muscles
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Severe medical conditions- heart attack, gall bladder problems or stomach irritation
- Prolonged exposure to cold
- Hormonal changes
Treatment of myofascial pain can be dependent on a patient’s level of health or severity of injury. Options for myofascial pain syndrome treatment may include trigger point therapy, therapeutic massage, spinal decompression and chiropractic care.