Myofascial Pain Treatment Specialists
Troubling muscle spasms and pain just under the skin sometimes feels like phantom pain not directly linked to any one source.
Physical therapy techniques, as practiced by your Brooklyn physical therapist, can find and treat those uncomfortable areas with myofascial pain treatment. Don’t let myofascial pain syndrome keep you from being fully functional. Call TRI Physical Therapy today for an appointment.
Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a painful condition that affects the fascia, which is the connective tissue that covers your muscles. It can involve just one muscle or a group of muscles. When you rub on the painful areas of your body, you may feel knots in the muscles, which are known as trigger points. Trigger points are painful if touched. Pressure on trigger points or areas of extreme tenderness can also cause pain in a different part of your body, called referred pain.
MPS has many possible causes. It may develop from an injury or excessive strain on a muscle or several muscles. Stress or activity may make your discomfort worse, and the pain may be bad enough to keep you awake at night.
Physical therapy (PT) is one of the best forms of treatment for myofascial pain.
Risk Factors for MPS
Work-related injuries caused by repetitive motions often benefit from myofascial treatment. Athletes and hobbyists who constantly contract certain muscles can reach peak performance again with PT as provided by the trained physical therapists at TRI Physical Therapy in Brooklyn.
Other common causes and risk factors include:
- An accident or injury
- Stress and anxiety
Untreated, myofascial pain can lead to difficulty sleeping because you have a hard time getting comfortable. Some doctors think that fascial pain is a precursor to fibromyalgia, a condition that’s characterized by widespread pain and discomfort, but that connection isn’t proven. Your physical therapist believes that the best rehabilitation is done as recovery in motion that leads to helping you reach peak performance without invasive medical procedures.
Myofascial Treatment with Physical Therapy
Your Brooklyn physical therapist relies on a variety of techniques to reduce the symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome and prevent reoccurrences and flair-ups. Some of these techniques include:
- Kinesiology taping
- Stretching exercises
- Tips to improve your posture
- Therapeutic modalities such as electrical or ultrasound stimulation
- Cupping, in this case referred to as myofascial decompression
If you experience trigger point pain during stretching, your Brooklyn physical therapist may spray a numbing solution on your skin so you can continue with the therapy. Your therapist works with you to strengthen the muscles around trigger points so you can continue to get relief at those pressure points.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points feel like knots of tissue under your skin. And they develop after intensive inflammation goes untreated. These knots often develop when muscle tissues are overworked for long periods of time. Pressing on trigger points can set off more pain.
Your physical therapist at TRI Physical Therapy is specially trained in working with trigger points to relieve your pain. The technique involves pressing and holding the trigger point, which temporarily cuts off the circulation to the tissue. It’s also a very effective physical therapy for mid back pain.
As your body comes to the rescue, it sends additional blood flow to the area and breaks the cycle of spasms and pain.
Massage for Myofascial Pain Treatment
Massage is an effective form of MPS treatment that your Brooklyn therapist may recommend. MPS massage can help to ease your pain by smoothing out trigger points. Massage at TRI PT is a hands-on, one-on-one approach to treatment that’s designed for your specific needs. Your physical therapist may massage trigger points using hands-on therapy or by using a massage device.
You’re instructed on how to massage trigger points at home, using a massage device or tennis ball. Massage can give you temporary relief from myofascial pain, but you’ll also need to do stretching and strengthening exercises recommended by your physical therapist to deal with your symptoms for the long term.
Cupping Myofascial Decompression
Myofascial decompression, better known as cupping, is an ancient form of treatment that uses cups to create a vacuum against your skin. This draws skin and fascial layers away from your body. The therapy alters blood flow and ultimately relieves pain and improves flexibility. Cups can be made of a variety of materials, such as glass, bamboo or silicone.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice that helps to draw toxins out of your muscles so they can be removed by the body. This practice also helps break down adhesions or scar tissue, which then release trigger points and reduce inflammation. It may be recommended by your Brooklyn physical therapist as a method of myofascial treatment.
Home Myofascial Pain Syndrome Treatment
Myofascial pain syndrome treatment requires regular visits to your physical therapist in Brooklyn, but it helps if you take action to do what you can to manage your pain at home. This includes regular stretching exercises and strengthening muscles around trigger points.
Your physical therapist shows you how to use foam rollers or other devices to roll over your muscles and put pressure on trigger points. You also learn to work on correcting your posture, if necessary. Myofascial pain can be widespread, so it’s difficult to treat medically. But physical therapy and regular self-care at home offers relief from this painful condition. Move well first, then move often, says author Gray Cook.