What is Myofascial Pain?

December 4, 2018

Myofascial pain syndrome or MPS is a condition that causes pain in the muscles. It is associated with discomfort or inflammation of the fascia, a thin connective tissue, that covers each muscle. Myofascial pain is thought to be caused by a muscle strain or injury which can create pain throughout a series of muscles.

MPS is characterized by trigger points, or tight bands of muscle, under the fascia of the muscle. Trigger points can occur anywhere in the body but are often found in the shoulders or lower back. Trigger points are often more painful when pressure is applied to them yet are regularly treated with myofascial release (massage) or trigger point injections.

Trigger point injections are performed by a physician to aid in MPS relief. They involve inserting a needle into the tight band and patients can often feel an immediate release of their pain. Treatment for myofascial pain syndrome can also involve physical therapy.

Myofascial pain syndrome can be made worse from stress or a lack of sleep. Mediation and getting a good night of rest can aid in recovery along with additional treatment.