What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a chronic pain disorder in which sensitive and hyper-irritable myofascial trigger points in the muscles cause pain. Pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes seemingly unrelated and distant from the trigger point itself. For example, some trigger points in the shoulder radiate pain to the hand, while others radiate pain to the forehead.
What causes MPS?
MPS often happens after repeated muscular strain, overuse, or stress.
- persistent pain
- tender muscle knot
What about treatment?
MPS can be treated with physical therapies, dry needling, hands-on manual therapy, and specialized muscular relaxation techniques. Fortunately, specific muscles follow reliable referred pain patterns, so we are often able to associate your pain in one location with your trigger points elsewhere in your body. During our examination, compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or a local twitch response, which can help us locate your irritated trigger point.