Let’s take a look at myofascial pain syndrome (MPS).
MPS is a common cause of pain and is characterized by pain arising from tight bands of muscle known as trigger points, which often result in pain that is felt away from the site of injury. This pain away from the site of injury is a type of referred pain; where the brain gets a bit confused as to where the pain is coming from, such as shoulder pain as a result of liver pathology, or pain in the left arm as a result of cardiac issues. This pain tends to be dull and heavy, whilst the pain at the site of the injury itself can be dull or sharp, but is usually more intense – at least when challenged.
Trigger Point Therapy can be very effective at relieving MPS, though it can also be a very painful treatment; it works best when combined with stretching and strengthening exercises. As always though, identification and treatment of the underlying cause leads to the best outcomes – often stress or posture related, but can be down to injury, regional pain, or something systemic like fibromyalgia.
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