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MUSCLE PAIN/MYOFASCIAL PAIN

INTRODUCTION

Myofascial pain therapy relieves soft tissue restriction that causes our body pain and discomfort. Muscle pain is triggered by a mechanism that is stimulated by nociceptors located in muscle fibers- resulting in pain. Myofascial pain is localized trigger point pain or a knot in the muscle. The trigger point is defined as a contracture in the muscle fiber which is called the sarcomere. Furthermore, when pain is caused by myofascial tightness this usually will be not only cause muscle tightness and trigger points but also fascial hypertonicity and restrictions.

At MPT&Rehab we offer non-surgical options for effectively and safely managing your myofascial pain. We will show you how to become pain free, fix the cause, and eliminate your symptoms.

Maywood PT together provide a very specific, individualized and comprehensive approach which will determine the exact cause of the pain and treat it as such.

SYMPTOMS

Muscle pain and trigger points affect all of us at one time or another. But, individuals who don’t exercise, who sit for prolonged periods at work or don’t engage in physical activity feel more effects of muscle trigger points. Usually patients will feel:

  • Tightness of the tissues
  • Dull and/or achy
  • Sharp pain
  • Restricted motion
  • A feeling of non-alignment in joints
  • Excessive pressure on muscles or joints

CAUSES

There are many different causes of myofascial trigger points. It can be due to a functional or structural disorder; for example muscle spasms, vertebral misalignment, muscle weakness, core instability, arthritis, and many more other issues that the doctors at MPT&Rehab will prove to you during the initial examination. Other causes include but are not limited to:

  • Developmental dysfunctions
  • Developmental imbalance with muscles
  • Internal disease
  • Nutritional deficit
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Muscular strains
  • Ligamentous sprains
  • Psychological and psychiatric disorders
  • Poor motor control in the spine
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Lumbar pelvic/hip dysfunction
  • Lack of deep system breathing activation or function
  • Not deep breathing system activation or function
  • Stress
  • Poor motor engram functionality
  • Poor posture

Fascia Restrictions- it is very important to release fascia, a lot of treatment does not address this vital measure. But, at MPT&Rehab we will do fascial realease followed with deep tissue work to help alleviate your pain.

  • Superficial fascia which lies directly below the skin which allows muscle to move the skin.
  • Deep fascia, which surrounds and infuses with muscle, bone, nerves, and blood vessels
  • Deepest fascia, which sits within the dura

DIAGNOSIS

At MPT&Rehab the doctor will begin with a comprehensive examination- which will address the onset, cause, duration, severity, vectors, establish the meaningful task and functional tasks that cause the muscle pain

TREATMENT

At MPT&Rehab we have extensive experience treating muscular pain. Based on a functional evaluation we create an individual treatment plan. Treatment will be a combination of manual therapy, and physical therapy exercises. We use our expertise in manual medicine and rehabilitation to retrain muscles and joints to functionally work correctly to disable all hypertonicity in the muscle and ligaments.