Muscle Pain & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

While closely related, muscle pain and myofascial pain are not entirely the same thing. Muscle pain is triggered by the over stimulation of pain receptors in muscle fiber, and refers to the fact that the origin of pain is generally located somewhere in the muscle.

Myofascial pain, however, is far more specific and relates to a painful muscle knot (known as a trigger point) that is causing pain. A trigger point is a contracture of a functional muscle unit. A dysfunctioning endplate - the point at which a nerve ending meets muscle fiber - can trigger pain. This in turn triggers the release of a pain sensitizing substance which prevents calcium from being absorbed back into the cells of the muscle fiber. It is this cause and effect which results in the vicious circle of pain-spasm-pain.

Symptoms

  • Localized pain
  • Pain in the joints
  • Nerve pain
  • Deep or superficial pain (depending on the location of the trigger point)

Causes

A lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, stress, lack of sleep, and psychological and psychiatric disorders can all cause muscle and myofascial pain, as too can certain diseases, hormonal disorders and a belated response to trauma or injury.

Diagnosis

Many doctors find it difficult to diagnose muscle and myofascial pain syndrome, whether through a lack of expertise or general disbelief in its very existence. However, at JC Rejuvenation and Wellness we are well versed in the syndrome and in the myofascial anatomy, which enables us to correctly diagnose cases of this type.

Treatment

Manual techniques such as physical therapy and manipulation play a large part in treating muscle and myofascial pain, as do some of the other therapies that we offer. Rest assured, we will believe you, and we will treat you.

To find out more about the treatments and therapies we offer at JC Rejuvenation and Wellness for muscle and myofascial pain syndrome, please get in touch today.