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myofascial-pain-syndromeMyofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) mainly cause by multiple trigger points in the fascial tissue in the body, causing pain. Point tenderness, referred pain along the limbs, and limited range of motion may also occur. Also, depending on the location and cause, the pain can range from mild discomfort to lightening like pain.

First of all, myofascial pain symptoms usually involve muscle pain with specific “trigger” or  points. In addition, physical activity or stress can also increase pain levels. Furthermore, people with the disorder can also suffer from depression, fatigue and behavioral disturbances. In addition to the local or regional pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome.

Lastly,MPS may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group. Furthermore, it is alsoa chronic condition that affects the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles). Experts believe that the actual site of the injury or the strain prompts the development of a trigger point that, in turn, causes pain in other areas. In addition, people can also suffer from referred pain. In these cases, the pain may not be where the myofascial pain generator is located.

What Causes Myofascial Pain?

Myofascial pain may develop from a muscle injury or from excessive strain on a particular muscle or muscle group, ligament or tendon.

Other causes include:

  • Repetitive stress on muscles
  • Causing njury to muscle fibers
  • Lack of activity (post surgery or having an arm on a cast)

Physiotherapy helps by using gentle exercises and stretching to regain range of motion and coordination. In combination with dry needling, our Physiotherapists are able to treat the trigger points and help reduce pain. Our Physiotherapists also use Myofascial Release, a technique that involves manipulation and massage of the fascial tissues. Additionally, massage therapy addresses the trigger points through a release technique to help with pain relief.