Myofascial pain syndrome

What is Myofascial pain syndrome? 

 

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), also known as chronic myofascial pain (CMP) or Trigger Points, is a chronic pain condition affecting the musculoskeletal system.

Most people experience muscle pain at some time that typically resolves on its own after a few weeks. But for some people, muscle pain persists.


 

Symptoms 

 

MPS is characterised by a few localised trigger points in the taut ropey bands of the muscles. These trigger points are tender and can produce local pain. Their defining characteristic is that they trigger referred pain. The muscular pain is steady, aching, and deep. There is a broad spectrum of severity from mild discomfort to "lightning-like" sensations.


 

Causes 

 

MPS may be caused by:

  • sitting for a long time in awkward positions

  • significant lack of movement

  • a lack of sleep

  • hormonal changes (such as menopause)

  • notable cooling of muscles (such as when sleeping in front of an air conditioner)

  • other pain or inflammation conditions

  • nutritional deficiencies


 

Treatment 

  • Contact QLS - all phone calls are free and one of our team can let you know if we can help - with no commitment from you unless you’re ready 

  • Shockwave treatment has been found particular effective at increasing mobility and reducing stiffness, and sometimes works as a pain relieving therapy in its own right.

  • The shockwaves relax muscles, improves the blood flow, and can remove scar tissue. 

 

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In-depth Information

Symptoms of a myofascial trigger points include: focal point tenderness, reproduction of pain upon trigger point palpation, hardening of the muscle upon trigger point palpation, pseudo-weakness of the involved muscle, referred pain, and limited range of motion. 

The cause is believed to be muscle tension or spasms within the affected musculature.