Discover the little known cause of pain—Myofascial Trigger Points (TrPs). Trigger points can occur in any muscle of the body. They can also occur in other soft tissues of the body, such as connective tissue or fascia.
When TrPs become active, they are responsible for a chain of events that result in what we feel as musculoskeletal aches and pain. Often that pain is debilitating and prevents us from moving freely as we once did. The pain symptoms are often mistaken for other illnesses or dysfunctions.
TrPs, however, do not develop without reason. They are started by specific stresses or combinations of stresses, and they continue to cause pain because other factors, which may or may not be related to the initial stress, perpetuate them. These “perpetuating factors” cause TrP pain to recur over and over, even after initial relief by specific myofascial therapies.
You can easily see that it is not simply a matter of knowing you have TrPs and chronic pain. And it is not as simple as treating the pain at the TrP, although you may need immediate relief.
TrPs are often overlooked or misdiagnosed!
Video below shows how tight fascial lines in the foot can cause chronic neck pain or headaches.
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What is key and what will keep you pain free is identifying the perpetuating factors that keep you locked in the pain cycle. Many people who suffer from chronic pain due to TrPs experience unproductive medical office visits, tests, and procedures. But the informed few who educate themselves and find a knowledgeable practitioner who is skilled in myofascial pain syndromes are able to receive a correct diagnosis and proceed with remarkably successful therapies.
TrPs are treatable, and you can become pain free. You must believe that you are your own best health advocate. After all, you are the one in pain. On the other hand, you may be your own worst enemy. You may be the reason that your TrPs developed in the first place. Admittedly, events beyond your control may have been the initial reason that your TrPs developed, such as a traumatic accident. But the chances are very good that you may or may not be doing things to keep that TrP in an active condition, such as not eating properly, not exercising or over exercising, not stretching, etc.
A good practitioner will help you to understand the factors in your life that keep you in chronic pain. A good patient will want to make life changes. The ideal partnership between patient and practitioner will bring about healing.
- Trigger points form in muscles due to:
- Direct trauma (such as blows, lacerations, surgery),
- Chilling (whether from inactivity, air conditioners, or wind whipping around a motorcycle helmet),
- Overstraining (whether lifting weights at the gym or lifting children at home),
- Overstretching (which fires off the muscle’s automatic protective shortening response),
- Chronic shortening (such as holding a phone with neck and shoulder or typing with head held turned),
- Repetitive motions (or repetitive lack of motion),
- Metabolic problems (such as thyroid or adrenal problems or a head injury, which can precipitate such problems),
- Dehydration (too little water, too much caffeine or alcohol),
- Inadequate or unbalanced nutrition (especially electrolytes and B vitamin complex).
Once pain has developed in one area, limping or “compensating” for the injured part can strain the muscles recruited to aid the original injured ones—laying down new injuries and new trigger points. But there is good news! Since muscles are the source of so many mysterious aches and pains, many surgeries, drugs, and long recovery times can be avoided by treating the muscles directly.
Myotherapy goes to the source of the pain: the contracted muscles themselves. It uses pressure, specialized stretches, and/or precision massage to eliminate the trigger point and return the muscle to its full resting length. It is non-invasive and can return mobility to people who have been severely limited by pain.
- You should seek professional treatment if:
- You feel pain and you hear a pop, crack, or tear during exercise.
- You have consistent general medical problems, such as continued malaise, fatigue, or recurring illness.
- You have tingling or numbess in the arms or legs.
- You have severe swelling or pain that pressure does not relieve in 30 minutes.
- Your pain goes away when you rest but returns when you exercise.
- You must continually take anti-inflammatory medication to be able to exercise.
- Your pain persists for more than 14 days.
If you have doubts about whether you should seek help, call and we will tell you.
Combined with laser, your improvement can be significant and long lasting.