Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Everyone experiences sore muscles at one time or another. Daily activities, exercise, work and accidents can strain or pull muscles in painful ways. If your muscles don’t seem to recover or the pain worsens with time, there may be an underlying cause. You may have a chronic pain disorder called myofascial pain syndrome.
- Is the constant pain in your joints and muscles keeping you awake at night? Do you get depressed thinking about the possibility of living with chronic back pain for the rest of your life? Learn about the various treatment options available.
- Are you tired of the constant discomfort you feel due to myofascial back pain? Is your daily life disrupted, causing you to miss important events and your favorite activities? You don’t have to live that way. Visit ReBalance in Brooklyn for relief.
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Symptoms and Risks for Myofascial Pain
Myofascial pain syndrome involves pain and inflammation of your soft connective tissue. Called the fascia, it covers your muscles. Research suggests that this tissue can lose some elasticity, but it’s unclear if this contributes to the pain or is a result of inactivity. Regardless, one muscle or many may be affected by myofascial pain syndrome.
Myofascial back pain is especially painful. It seems to occur most often in men who make repetitive motions in jobs or hobbies, or those who consistently experience high stress and related muscle tension. Other risk factors include:
- Poor posture
- Sports injury
- Structural abnormalities
- Lack of activity
- Medical conditions, such as heart attack
- Inflammatory conditions
- Nutritional deficiencies or lack of exercise
- Hormonal changes
- Abuse of tobacco, alcohol or drugs
Symptoms range in severity, but can include:
- Pain that persists or worsens even with rest and care
- Tender knots in muscles that are painful
- Pain in different areas of your body when pressing a knot
- Deep, aching pain in your muscle
- Difficulty sleeping because of the pain, with resulting fatigue
- Depression or possibly other behavioral disturbances
Treatment for Myofascial Pain Syndrome
At ReBalance, we focus on total mind-body treatments for resolving your pain. It’s this holistic approach to integrative solutions that gives us an understanding of the interplay and connection between stress, anxiety and how your body handles injury or trauma. Through the ReBalance 360 program, we ensure greater success for your rehabilitation. Treatments can include medications, therapies and lifestyle changes, including:
- Pain relievers. Over-the-counter options, prescription opioids and patches help ease the pain and discomfort of myofascial pain.
- Anti-depressants. Drugs such as amitriptyline help reduce pain and improve sleep.
- Muscle relaxants. To relieve pain and control muscle spasms, these medications often work.
- Sedatives. Drugs such as clonazepam treat anxiety and help sleep.
- The stretch-and-spray method. Physical therapy stretches your muscles and sprays coolant to sooth aching.
- Other physical therapy methods. Different techniques loosen the tight bands surrounding muscles and nerves.
- Posture training. Correcting poor structural habits has many benefits.
- Massage. This therapy uses ischemic compression, applying stronger and stronger pressure on trigger points to reduce tension and tenderness.
- Heat and ultrasound. These techniques help break up bands around muscles and reduce tension and strain.
- Injection of numbing agents. Lidocaine provides relief from pain.
- Dry needling. This therapy encourages the release of banded muscles.
- Acupuncture. Some people find this beneficial for interrupting pain signals and improving circulation, especially with myofascial back pain.
- Lifestyle changes:
- Relax. Meditating, focused breathing and positive religious or spiritual practices reduce stress.
- Exercise. Learning gentle, consistent exercise keeps muscles supple and improves circulation.
- Diet. Eating a healthy, well-rounded diet consisting of nutritious, natural foods aids optimal benefits and quicker healing.
- Sleep. Carefully scheduled sleep routines encourage the return of healthy sleep habits and restorative rest.
Get Treatment Today and Lose the Pain
Myofascial pain syndrome, especially myofascial back pain in men, can cause debilitating pain. Accurate diagnosis through the identification of trigger points ensures our ability to find the proper combination of treatments to help you break free from the pain and reduced mobility of myofascial pain syndrome.
Allowing myofascial pain to continue without treatment sets the stage for chronic sleep problems, fibromyalgia and other inflammatory conditions. Your body can become used to cramped, tight and painful tension, but you don’t have to live that way. Your ReBalance team excels at finding the best course of treatment for your myofascial pain syndrome, allowing you to return to pain-free living with a full range of motion.