A cure for Myofascial pain syndrome

Is there a cure for Myofascial pain syndrome?

There are multiple treatment options for Myofascial pain syndrome, but is there a cure? The most common treatments are physical therapy, trigger point injections, pain medications and relaxation techniques. These treatments can go a long way and we will look into them. They will not cure this disorder, but could there be a real cure out there? First of all I would like to clarify what Myofascial pain syndrome is. (If you are already curious about a possible cure you should check it out here Best detox cleanse.

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Massage is a common therapy

What is Myofascial pain syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome is a pain disorder that most experts say is chronic. This disorder causes pain in the muscles, which in turn causes pain in other parts of the body, like headaches for instance. This is called referred pain. When you put pressure on your muscles, like a massage, you will feel pain in the sensitive points in the muscles and those points are called trigger points. As a result a massage that used to be a delight will no longer be an enjoyment at all.

This syndrome can occur after repetetive muscle contractions which can be caused by repetitive motions used at work or doing a hobby, or by stress-related muscle tension like not getting enough sleep or emotional stress. If your muscles do not get enough rest/sleep they will get tense all the time and consequently get painful and they will no longer have the endurance they used to have.

Nearly everyone has experienced muscle tension pain, but when you have myofascial pain syndrome the muscle pain and tension will be permanent. It will not go away merely by relaxing more, but it will rather persist or even worsen over time.Woman Relaxing Book Tree

Just remember that before you can get a correct diagnosis from your doctor they will probably recommend several tests to rule out other causes of muscle pain.

Symptoms of Myofascial pain syndrome

Signs and symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome include:

  1. Deep, aching pain in muscles
  2. Pain that is permanent and could worsen over time
  3. Tender/sensitive knots in muscles
  4. Fatigue and lack of energy
  5. Headaches due to tensions in your back and neck
  6. Difficulty sleeping due to pain

What are the riskfactors?

There are definitely factors that increase your risk of getting Myofascial pain syndrom:

  1. Repetetive muscle motions, muscle injuries or poor posture that put longterm stress on the muscles may lead to the development of trigger points and increase your risk of developing this disorder.
  2. If you experience long term stress and anxiety you are also more likely to develop trigger points in your muscles. When you are in a stressful period in your life, no matter what kind of stress, your body will get tired, because it is in a flight mode. When your muscles are tired they will get tense. It´s like your body is constantly doing a work out. When you are doing a real work out your muscles will feel sore and tense afterwards, right?

What are some of the complications?Repetetive Motion Man

  1. You will probably find it difficult to sleep due to the pain in your muscles.
  2. ou could actually develop Fibromyalgia. Some doctors believe Myofascial pain syndrome may be the starting point of this disorder. The brain could become more sensitive to pain signals and so develop Fibromyalgia over time.

    Professional treatments

    Professional treatments for myofascial pain syndrome will include medications, trigger point injections and physical therapy. There is no evidence to support that one treatment is better than another. You will have to discuss with your doctor what treatment will be best for you. You may need to try more than one treatment and perhaps even all three alternatives will be needed. Exercise is probably also an important part of the treatment program. Just remember if most of your muscles have triggerpoints you will not be able to do hard exercise, in this case a 30 minute walk will be sufficient.

    Medications the doctor might prescribe youBed Sleep Rest

    Pain relievers

    Antidepressants: These can reduce pain and improve sleep

    Sedatives: Could help with improving sleep and any anxiety that may occur with Myofascial pain syndrome.

    Physical Therapy

    A physical therapist can help you come up with a physical therapy that suits your needs and which will help to relieve your pain. Here are some therapies:

    Massage: This will help to relieve pain in the affected muscle/muscles by releasing the tension in the trigger point.

    Heat: By applying heat you will get more relaxed muscles which in turn will reduce pain.

    Stretching: This will help your body getting less stiff and more flexible.

    Ultrasound: This will increase blood circulation in your stiff muscles and increase warmth, which could help the healing process of the muscles affected by Myofascial pain syndrome.

    Posture training: When you improve your posture it can help relieve myofascial pain centered to your back, particularly your neck. In this way you could help your body to not overwork your affected muscles because you will strengthen other muscles.

     

    The use of needles

    You could inject for instance a steroid into a trigger point which can help relieve pain. But in many cases you just need a to put a needle into the trigger point and this will help break up the muscle tension. This means that acupuncture also may be helpful to people who have myofascial pain syndrome. Legs Window Relaxing

    Take care of yourself

    If you have myofascial pain syndrome you may also need to complement with home remedies like this:

    Exercise: Gentle exercise can help you cope better with pain. When your pain allows, get moving. Ask your doctor or physical therapist about appropriate exercises.

    Relaxation: If you’re stressed and tense, you may experience more pain. Find ways to relax. Meditating, writing in a journal or talking with friends can all be helpful.

    A healthy diet: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

    Get enough sleep: Your muscles will get more tense with not enough sleep and if you have not filled your body with energy you will not get anywhere, because you will be too tired to do anything.

    An acupressure mat: Personally this is what saved me. Every night before I fell asleep I lay down on my mat for 30 minutes and then I could sleep throughout the night without getting any back pain. I still use it because it is so wonderfully relaxing!

     

    A possible cure!

    I myself used to have Myofascial pain syndrome and I looked all over internet to find a cure, because my biggest fear was to not be able to work! I felt my body was giving up on me and the final straw for me was when a physical therapist told me a was getting old and had to accept that I would have to work part time and not be able to exercise tha way I wanted to. Hey! I was only 43 years old! NOT okay! So I had to find something that would work for me. And I did. It is called detoxing! Read more about it here Best detox cleanse

12 thoughts on “A cure for Myofascial pain syndrome

  1. Hey there! How are you doing? I really enjoyed reading this blog as it contains tonnes of valuable information on “Myofascial Pain Syndrome”. I’ve suffered from this syndrome a couple of years back but I must tell you that massage is the best way to get rid of this severe issue. There some other ways written in this post like eating and sleeping well and stuff like that which is true but if you want to get rid of it a lot faster, massage is the only way!!!

    • Thanks for the feedback! Great to hear that you find massage to be such a good solution for you! I also think massage is brilliant. The downside is that not everyone can afford to go to a massage therapist as often as one should need to keep the trigger points at bay and it could also be very painful making some people avoiding this treatment. Have a really nice day 🙂 //Marianne 

  2. Hello and thank you for this post. I have a friend that should take a look at this. He is always in pain and what I can read between the lines, it mite be connected to this.

    Have a great day!

    • Thank you for the appreciation. I believe many people have these kind of issues without really knowing what it is. Also it doesn´t come over night, but is slowly building up so you kind of get used to the pain without properly questioning it or thinking something could be done. You too have a great day :)//Marianne

  3. Thank you for the article! Very informative. I might need to talk with my doctor about this after reading your article. I have been having several of the symptoms you posted here.

    • Thank you for your feedback. Sorry to hear you´re having these symptoms, but remember there are ways to get better and cope on an everyday basis. Good luck!//Marianne

  4. Hey
    I enjoyed your post, I have a similar condition called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It really is nearly all the same symptoms. Dr constantly also refers it as Fibromyalgia . Is interesting to read about cures treatments and symptoms as I have to struggle with it most days. More than 10 years now in fact. Remember when I was first diagnosed they said normally last 18 months to 2 years. After a couple years I began to hear a lot of stuff. No real treatment, kinda gray area in the medical field.
    Look forward to more posts from you
    Sam Frederiksen

    • Hi Sam, yes you are right, these conditions you mention are very similar and hard for doctors to seperate from each other. Possibly they could be different stages of the same problem and also possibly different reactions in different people to the same problems. I hope you will get better and find ways to cope with your condition.//Marianne

  5. This is an eye opening post. Thank you. I was not aware that myofascial pain syndrom ecould be the precursor of fibromyalgia. I was unaware of accupressure mats until I read your article. You mention that you lay on it for 30 minutes. Do you put it on the hard ground and lay on it or is it ok to put it on top of the bed and lay on it?

    Thanks in advance!

    • We all learn through life :). Glad that you found the article of use to you! Well, I always lay on it when I go to bed at night, but of course you will get an even better effect from the mat if you lay on the floor. I find it extremely relaxing though, to use it in bed before I go to sleep so that´s what I recommend :)//Marianne

  6. Hi,

    This is very informative, and I can relate somewhat because I have a autoimmune disease and thankfully I have been in remission most of the time. For me as you said sleep is so important, and also food. I think food really is medicine.Another that I think may help and that is water. Have you heard book “the bodies many cries for water”? He is an MD and he says that 75 % of disease is caused by dehydration. There are some little aches and pains that sometimes disappear when I drink up. Thanks for the post

    • Thanks for the input :). I have actually not heard about this connection between disease and water. Interesting! I will definitely check it out:)//Marianne

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