What is Myofascial Pain?
Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is the medical terminology used to describe muscle pain. It refers to pain and tender spots and or painful areas throughout the body which arise from muscles and connective tissue.
Myofascial pain can either be due to acute injuries (MYOFASCIITIS) or a chronic condition known as MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME (MPS). In either condition, the fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles) is involved. Myofascial pain may involve either a single muscle or a group of muscles (MYOTATIC UNIT). In some cases, the area where a person experiences the pain may not be where the myofascial pain generator is located. Experts believe that the actual site of the injury or the strain prompts the development of a trigger point that, in turn, causes pain in other areas. This situation is known as referred pain.
What Causes Myofascial Pain?
Myofascial pain may be caused from a muscle injury or from excessive strain on a particular muscle or muscle group, ligament, or tendon. Other causes include:
Injury to muscle fibers
Repetitive motions; microtrauma
Lack of activity and or bad posture
Nutritional inadequacies or deficiencies
Lack of sleep or bad sleep habits
Stress: Physical, Psychological, Environmental, or Chemical.
What Are the Symptoms of Myofascial Pain?
Myofascial pain symptoms usually involve muscle pain with specific "trigger" or "tender" points. The pain can be made worse with activity or stress. In addition to the local or regional pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome, people with the disorder also can suffer from depression, fatigue, and behavioral disturbances.
How Is Myofascial Pain Diagnosed?
Not all physicians or clinicians are well trained in diagnosing trigger points. As a matter of fact, some do not even know what trigger points are, even though it is omnipresent in medical literature.
Dr. Morovati has dedicated the last 28 years of his practice to the study of and understanding of how to diagnose and treat Myofascial pain effectively and efficiently.
Trigger points can be identified by pain that results when pressure is applied to a specific area of a person's body. In the diagnosis of myofascial pain syndrome, two types of trigger points can be distinguished:
An active trigger point is an area of extreme tenderness that usually lies within the skeletal muscle and which is associated with a local or regional pain.
A latent trigger point is a dormant (inactive) area that has the potential to act like a trigger point. It may cause muscle weakness or restriction of movement.
How Is Myofascial Pain Treated?
There are the generic or traditional ways of addressing Myofascial pain by utilizing Medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage.
However, Dr. Morovati has formulated and compounded a combination of methods which he has devised throughout the years of his studies and practice of Myofascial pain. These methods are science based, non-invasive and address both the mechanical and physiological aspects of Myofascial pain.
Some of the “perpetuating factors” of trigger points are: