Muscle Pain Treatment
Myofascial pain syndrome, or muscle pain, occurs when your body’s soft tissues become inflamed. A trigger point is created when there is damage to the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles (fascia), resulting in a feeling commonly described as “knot-like”. This trigger point is made up of a small section of contracted muscle and can lead to pain in secondary areas, known as “referred pain”. When it comes to muscle pain, it’s important to pinpoint the source of the problem before the symptoms worsen.
Where is my muscle pain coming from?
Myofascial pain develops from a strain or injury to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons. It can be the result of overuse, repetitive motions used daily at work or during activities or it can occur as a result of inactivity of the muscles. Sometimes this will occur when a person wears a brace, sling, or cast over a portion of their body. Unlike when your muscles feel sore after an activity, myofascial pain continues for a longer period of time and can get much worse.
When should I seek muscle pain treatment?
If you experience symptoms of deep aching pain, tenderness in the muscles, or muscle spasms, it’s a good idea to seek out treatment to find the source of the problem. Muscle pain may also result in limitations in cervical range of motion or a “knot” feeling in the muscle. Ignoring symptoms could make the condition worsen and cause your recovery time to be much longer.
How can physical therapy help with my muscle pain?
Your physical therapist will work to help you to identify weaknesses in your musculature, addressing any trigger points that may have been built up and helping you to understand how your current movement patterns may be contributing to your pain. They’ll develop a custom treatment plan based on your body and individual goals to help alleviate the pain and get you back to your favorite activities as soon as possible. Our physical therapists utilize hands-on techniques such as myofascial release to eliminate pain and restore motion. Gentle and sustained pressure may be applied to effectively detect fascial restrictions. They may also incorporate techniques such as:
• Manual therapy to remove trigger point restrictions, reduce pain, and retrain movements to decrease the chance of reinjury.
• Strengthening exercises based on your specific condition to address any weak muscle areas that are contributing to your pain.
• Custom mobility exercises to develop more efficient movement patterns.
Physical therapists can provide the necessary tools to treat and prevent muscle pain and myofascial pain syndrome, allowing you to return to your favorite activities pain-free and better than ever! To learn more about how to prevent muscle pain or to eliminate any current discomfort, book a physical therapy assessment today.
“I was a mess when I came to Therapydia with muscle spasms in my upper back. Thanks to the treatment I received, I am now back to feeling great.”