If you or someone you know suffers from myofascial pain syndrome, then you know fully how awful the chronic pain, tension, and other side effects can be from being so tightened up. And if you’ve ever had or do have back or neck pain, shoulder pain, nerve or muscle pains or spasms, and especially if at an extreme level of discomfort, then you should consider looking into what trigger points are and how to release them to keep yourself free from myofascial pain syndrome and a life of aching muscles, joints, fatigue, headaches, and more.
So, what is myofascial pain and how do these trigger points get there?
Myofascial pain syndrome is just that – it’s a syndrome that occurs because of a problem that is persistent, and this problem is occurring with tissue in your body called fascia. Fascia can become damaged due to stress, trauma, poor posture, accidents, and repetitive motion, and once damaged, becomes inflamed and tense. It essentially goes from being super soft and supporting all of the muscles in your body to being super taught and weakened in its ability to support muscles and allow for your flexibility. Myofascial tissue is what allows us to be flexible with our muscles.
Attacking and understanding myofascial trigger point consequences
When people let this problem go, the problem grows, and in the form of myofascial pain referred to other parts of the body because of the intricate way your myofascial tissue is connected to all of the muscles, nerves, and bones throughout, and thus connected to the healthy function of all systems in your body! When you feel off somewhere else in your body, it can actually be due to myofascial trigger points in your shoulders, neck, back, buttocks, and legs. Myofascial trigger points are not always the exact place you hurt the worst, although they are certainly identifiable, but due to inflammation, they very well could also be in pain. Trigger points are usually taught and tense, and definitely sensitive to the touch upon compression, although they are not malleable areas of your muscles and fascia that are usually or once were very soft and pliable.
Once I indentify myofascial trigger points, how can I treat them?
Treatment of myofascial pain can be done at the trigger points in a few ones. To clarify, the pain that is caused by myofascial problems and manifest just about anywhere in the body, are all needed absolutely to be treated at the trigger point.
Therapist Myofascial Releases
You can seek professional help from a therapist for your treatment techniques, using sustained pressure through the fingers or thumbs on the muscle that isn’t functioning properly. Another method is using the elbow for applying pressure too! The pressure that is applied is done for about one to three minutes per point.
Self Releasing Myofascial Massages
You can self release trigger points all on your own. It can be done by hand or by using myofascial trigger point tools which come in different types of styles, shapes, sizes, and curvatures in order to help you apply your weight in way that will release the myofascial tension.