Understanding and Treating Myofascial Pain Syndrome

If you or someone you care for has pain in their muscles and a feeling of tension throughout the body, it’s worth understanding what myofascial pain syndrome is, and if damaged fasciae are the cause of such uncomfortable health problems. However, it is treatable and controllable.

What Does Myofascial Pain Syndrome Come From?

myofascial pain syndromeThe fascia is a very thin layer of tissue that is important to all parts of your body functioning properly. It can be found within the body in between the muscles and bones, stretching all over the body like a giant web. Having a healthy myofascial system is critical to maintaining healthy muscles, lymphatic system, flexibility and pain free movement. Many people suffer from myofascial pain syndrome from having poorly functioning fascia that doesn’t go treated, causing inflammation and a host of problems but most notably painful tension, tightness, and decreased poor circulation. Trauma that leads to myofascial pain syndrome can also come from more acute trauma and incidents like motor vehicle accidents, sports accidents and intense trauma, and whiplash – to name a few.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a Chronic Pain Disorder

It’s important to note that myofascial pain syndrome is one that is a chronic pain disorder based on referred pain. When it comes to myofascial, the referred pain is found produced when pressure is put onto trigger points, or sensitive parts and points in your muscles that are elsewhere on the body.

When Does Myofascial Pain Syndrome Occur?

It can be trauma induced in a multiple or singular occurrences, but either way the tension is created, the amount of trauma inflicted that causes the muscles and myofascial system to damage is so much that if not treated, the inflammation will worsen and turn into major trigger points on the body and subsequently effects other areas connected to each trigger point. Everybody’s had some kind of muscle tension pain before every now and then, but this type and level of discomfort is what labels the myofascial pain syndrome, and in relation to the fascia, also. After stressing the body further than it can with muscles, trauma to bones and joints, and more, fascia is up for possible trauma, so you need to pay attention to how your body and muscles are acting and reacting to what you’re doing every day.

What Are The Full Symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

If you are having persistent feelings of knots in your muscles, deep pain that aches in your muscles, tender knots, pain that worsens over time, difficulty sleeping due to pain, noticeable loss of range of motion, muscle spasms, headaches, decreases in flexibility and range of motion, poor posture issuers, and neck and back pain, then you could have myofascial pain syndrome and should seek treatment to rectify the problem(s) and any underlying symptoms that could be a side effect of weakness to your skeletal, lymphatic, or nervous systems. Getting treatment for your myofascial pain syndrome depends on where it is affecting and the severity, but if you notice any extreme discomfort and are concerned, you should consult your doctor or seek ways to self massage for myofascial release therapy.