What Do You Mean By Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial pain is simply a muscle ache that can arise from sprains or strains of a joint. It occurs from excessive repetitive movements and high stress levels from poor posture, fatigue, heavy lifting and even muscle weakness.
What is myofascial pain syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome is a medical term used to describe muscle pain. The muscles affected by myofascial pain syndrome are the skeletal muscles that connect to the bones in your body. These skeletal muscles are classed as voluntary muscles. This means that they act only when your brain instructs them to. Myofascial pain erupts from the disruption of the small muscle fibres either through mild injury like tightness or inflammation.
What are the symptoms?
If you experience sudden sharp pain, spasms and burning at joints, then you're a victim of myofascial pain syndrome. The pain gradually increases up to a dull ache and discomfort that is worse in the evening after a long day of work or activity. Muscle knots and trigger points can cause pain to spread from the injured muscle to the surrounding areas. Myofascial therapy is generally applied to cure such ailments.
What are muscle knots and trigger points?
The muscular pain comes from knots in the muscle. This happens when contracted and tight muscle builds up in a small focal area where it almost feels like a little lump or nodule. Often these knots are referred to as trigger points. Thus, trigger points can occur in any part of the body and be isolated in one single muscle or multiple. It is believed that painful trigger points form in the muscle where it has been injured or overworked. In a lot of cases, the pain experienced is not actually at the site of the trigger point but in a completely different area.
What does myofascial pain syndrome feel like?
It actually varies depending on the nature of the injury sustained. If the injury is severe and abrupt, then the pain generally occurs sharp and possibly burns from quite intense muscular spasms leading to limited movement of the affected area. In some cases the sharp pain continues and in others, it is replaced by an intense dull ache a day or two after the injury.
On the contrary, if it is a slow and gradual injury, then the pain levels will build slowly from a general discomfort particularly in the evenings to a constant dull ache that varies in intensity and affects stretching and movement.
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