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.
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.
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:
- Deep, aching pain in muscles
- Pain that is permanent and could worsen over time
- Tender/sensitive knots in muscles
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Headaches due to tensions in your back and neck
- Difficulty sleeping due to pain
What are the riskfactors?
There are definitely factors that increase your risk of getting Myofascial pain syndrom:
- 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.
- 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?
- You will probably find it difficult to sleep due to the pain in your muscles.
- 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 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 you
Antidepressants: These can reduce pain and improve sleep
Sedatives: Could help with improving sleep and any anxiety that may occur with Myofascial pain syndrome.
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.
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