Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a condition of the muscles which causes pain in asymmetrical parts of the body. This kind of pain is called “referred pain.” The pain is caused by sensitization of Myofascial trigger points in the muscles. If a muscle is forced to contract repetitively for a long time, such as during weight training, or playing sports, you may get pain in another area of your body. Pain related to muscular tension is usually felt in the particular muscles, but with this condition, the pain appears in another area.
Causes of Myofascial Pain
The cause of Myofascial Pain Syndrome is not well known, but there are theories that stressful life situations, depression, and injury may be the cause. This is because these situations may interfere with the way the brain processes pain; this means that instead of feeling the pain in the distressed muscle, the brain makes you feel the pain elsewhere.
Myofascial Trigger Points
The trigger point is simply the point at which a muscle is injured, and this should cause localized pain, in a normal patient. This means that when you get injured in your bicep, then the pain is localized in the upper front part of your arm. However, when you are dealing with a patient who has MPS, the pain may be felt in the fingers of the hand, rather than the upper arm, leading a medical doctor potentially misdiagnosing it as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treatments for Myofascial Pain Syndrome
A Chiropractor will perform a number of tactile tests to ensure that you are suffering from MPS. After the diagnosis, you will undergo adhesions with Myofascial Therapy. The therapy includes massaging the trigger points to make them unknot. When people say that they are suffering from muscular knots, they are suffering from trigger points. The specialist may also give the active Anchor and Stretch Myofascial Release Technique, which helps in the relaxation of the muscular and connective tissues. Acupuncture and Dry-needling can also be used to treat MSP. These techniques use the traditional acupuncture pressure point treatments that have been known to work for centuries on mysterious muscular and tissue conditions.
When to seek treatment for Myofascial Pain Syndrome
This is a condition that truly baffles patients and medical practitioners alike. When you start feeling pain in parts of your body, which you do not understand, then you should seek professional help. There have been cases where Myofascial Trigger Points have caused people to believe that they are suffering from a heart attack, and this has causes a lot of trauma to the patient. If you are going through a lot of stress, or are depressed, you should not ignore any unexplained pains in your body. This condition can cause you more stress, making it even worse. A chiropractor will employ treatment methods that will help in relieving the trigger points, thereby treating the MPS. You can then go on with your normal life, and reduce the stress in your life considerably.
Dr. Hamilton D.C., is an expert chiropractor who you can visit at his clinic located on the eastside of the Denver Metro. Myofascial trigger points, which cause Myofascial Pain Syndrome can truly cause trauma and confusion in patients, making them wonder what is happening to their bodies. Get Expert advice and treatment from Dr. Hamilton and get to live your life normally once again.