Posture training. Improving your posture can help relieve myofascial pain, particularly in your neck. Exercises that strengthen the muscles surrounding your trigger point will help you avoid overworking any one muscle.
Massage. A physical therapist may massage your affected muscle to help relieve your pain. The physical therapist may use long hand strokes along your muscle or place pressure on specific areas of your muscle to release tension.
Heat. Applying heat, via a hot pack or a hot shower, can help relieve muscle tension and reduce pain.
Ultrasound. This type of therapy uses sound waves to increase blood circulation and warmth, which may promote healing in muscles affected by myofascial pain syndrome. See you local chiropractor ....
It is described as: is a chronic pain disorder. In this condition, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in the muscle and sometimes in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain.
This syndrome typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. This can be caused by repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies or by stress-related muscle tension.
When pressed by the thumb, usually requires that pain be produced to achieve full normal muscle length.
The effectiveness of stretching relieves myofascial pain.The temporary discomfort of the stretch is welcomed to give relief.
You may have to repeat the process as needed for myofascial pain relief.
During my 40 years of chiropractic practice in conjunction with treatments I would incorporate on my patients with great success a hand held device I have invented called the Triggerizer-acupressure unit which is a self healing too that everyone can use to release stressful tight knotted muscles instantly.
The Triggerizer-acupressure unit can be applied in the comfort of your own home and may repeat the process as needed for myofascial pain relief.
MFP Syndrome is a condition of chronic pain and sensitive trigger points. Risk factors are stress and fibromyalgia. Massage, chiropractic, stress management and physical therapy are all great options for treatment. Dietary changes and an anti-inflammatory diet will likely also be very beneficial.
Dr. Caitlin Zietz, B.Sc., D.C.
The word Myofascial can be broken down to Myo and Fascia: myo referring to muscles and fascia referring to the type of tissue connecting muscles and bones (more of less). Myofascial pain syndrome is a diagnosis referring to pain between those tissues most commonly from overuse of a muscle from repetitive activities. It is not serious as a stand alone issue, in that there are no life threatening complications from this diagnosis on its own; however, it does take some time to fix this as it is a condition that occurs over a long course of time. As far as her treatment, it really depends on the provider. Some would approach this condition with a dietetic approach to reduce general inflammation in the body; some would work on re-education of the overused muscles to reduce inflammation through improved function. Hopefully this helps!
Dr. Steven I. Brown, Chiropractor
Dr. Richard M. Merrion
Here is a link with a lot of information. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myofascial-pain-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20375444
It sounds like it involves trigger points and it can turn into fibromyalgia. The link above left out Chiropractics, but I would want to be checked by a good Chiropractor and make use of massage therapy.
Good luck and good health,
Myofascial pain syndrome is a blanket term that covers a variety of symptoms dealing with the body. The word syndrome indicates that the origin of the root cause of pain or affliction for the individual is unknown. I would have to read your aunt's health history to see what symptoms are going on with her at present, what past injuries she has sustained, is she under stress, if she has had surgeries, any prior broken bones, been in car crashes, and more. After reviewing her narrative, I would then do a physical exam to evaluate her range of motion and to check her muscle strength and integrity. I have many approaches for this condition, it all depends on what her findings are. I use chiropractic adjustments for the betterment of circulation of the nerve pathways that are in charge of the circulatory system, GI system, and Respiratory system. One of the techniques that I use is called Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), it involves the breaking down of adhesions, scar tissue, knots, trigger points. Muscles that don't move properly can be very painful due to atrophy or deconditioning, which hampers the full range of motion of muscle capabilities. In removing adhesions from muscles, tendons, and ligaments it allows for increased blood circulation, and takes off the pressure from affected nerves that may be squeezed from scar tissue or knots. The actual substance that creates a knot is called fascia, it is between the skin and the muscles, its also around each muscle fiber and on the surface of bones. It is relatively clear in appearance and looks like saran wrap. This is what makes the muscle fibers bunch up.
Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In this condition, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in the muscle and sometimes in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain.
This syndrome typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. This can be caused by repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies or by stress-related muscle tension. We would have to examine her to see what the best treatment option would be. It will most likely be a combination of functional neurology, corrective chiropractic and some myofascial release techniques utilizing different modalities.
Here are some alternative care therapies that can help reduce or eliminate the pain:
Manual trigger point therapy
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization of the tissues
Myofascial Release Technique (MFR)
Some massage techniques
Allopathic resources include:
Trigger point injections
condition is more inflammatory, then anti-inflammatories may be taken or injected as well. FIND THE CAUSE FIRST. I hope this info helps.
Take care and be well,
Dr. Eric Miller